Civil Legal Services for Veterans and Their Families
News and Resources
Time Change for VLC Sessions at Porchlight, Inc.
March 23, 2015
Due to recent attorney and student volunteer feedback, the VLC sessions at Porchlight, Inc. will be held from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, beginning in June 2015. These sessions will still be held on the fourth Thursday of the month.
We are also happy to announce that free parking will be available for volunteers and clients after 4:30 pm behind the Porchlight building.
VLC Resource Guides are now available online! Click each topic for more information:
February 18, 2015
The Second Annual VLC Dispatch Newsletter is Now Available!
November 11, 2014
Follow this link to find out about staff changes, advisory board updates and much more from the VLC's first two years!
Veterans Law Center and Student Coordinator Andrew Brooks Win State Bar Awards
May 29, 2014
The Veterans Law Center has been selected to receive the Pro Bono Organization of the Year award through the State Bar of Wisconsin. This award recognizes exceptional pro bono service in its targeted community. The VLC was nominated for its innovative delivery of legal services to an underserved segment of the population. Over 100 veterans have been served in the VLC's first yearof operation, and the staff and volunteers are looking to expand into more specialized services.
VLC Student Coordinator Andrew Brooks has been selected to receive the State Bar of Wisconsin's Public Interest Law Student of the Year Award. This award recognizes a law student's exceptional service to public interest law concerns. Brooks, an Army veteran, has been committed to veterans legal services since entering law school in 2012, contributing his time and talents to the Veterans Law Center, as well as co-chairing the Veterans Legal Society at UW Law School. Pro Bono Program Director Ann Zimmerman state that Brooks has easily contributed hundreds of hours to the Veterans Law Center, and he "is always eager to be of assistance and incredibly reliable. He earns the respect of all who meet him with his quiet confidence, yet he is never arrogant and deflects any attempts by others to recognize his efforts."
Both the VLC and Andrew Brooks will be recognized at the State Bar of Wisconsin Member Recognition Celebration on June 26 during the Bar's Annual Convention in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
New Pro Bono Program Intern
May 21, 2014
The Pro Bono Program is pleased to introduce its new intern Carolyn Staats, a senior undergraduate student. In this position, Carolyn will focus on the administration of the Veterans Law Center. She is excited to bring her previous experiences in event planning, student coordinating and volunteering to the program.
Davis Runde's stint as the Veterans Law Center Administrator is coming to an end this summer when he heads to Minnesota to attend law school at Hamline University, where he will focus on Alternative Dispute Resolution. During his time with the Veterans Law Center, Davis enjoyed working closely with legal professionals and veterans. Davis extends his gratitude to everyone he had the opportunity to work with and especially, the veterans of this great country for their sacrifice and commitment to our freedom.
New Veterans Law Center Student Coordinator
March 3, 2014
To introduce you all to Jake Blair, the new Veterans Law Center Coordinator, I asked him a few questions about his interest in the position and in doing pro bono work. Here is what he had to say:
Q: Why is doing pro bono work important to you?
The pro bono program represents our University's acknowledgment that being an attorney carries with it responsibility to the community at large. I want to support this maxim.
Q: What made you interested in the VLC?
A: My interest in the VLC stems largely from my respect for those individuals who have served our country. As a Marine, I am constantly looking for opportunities to engage with and learn from our nation's veterans.
Q: What are you hoping to contribute to and learn from your time with the VLC?
A: My military background is my main area of experience related to this position. I will be serving on active duty subsequent to my graduation from law school, so the VLC is an opportunity for me to get to know some of the problems facing our veterans. My work with the VLC will enable me to be more conscious of these issues during my period of active service.
We are excited to work with Jake and to benefit from all of his experience and insight. Congratulations Jake!
University of Wisconsin Law School Family Court Clinic to offer Child Support Clinic to Veterans
January 9, 2014
On January 23, 2014 and January 24, 2014, the University of Wisconsin Law School's Family Court Clinic, in partnership with the Veterans Law Center, will be offering a free child support clinic to veterans and their families. More information can be found here. To register, please call Davis Runde at (608) 616-5232, or email at email@example.com.
VLC Dispatch - Veterans Law Center Newsletter Fall Edition 2013
November 11, 2013
Please read the Veterans Law Center Newsletter, the VLC Dispatch, our quarterly newsletter detailing recent news, updates, and events occurring with the Veterans Law Center. The newsletter can be seen here. Happy Veterans Day!
Wisconsin Warrior Summit
November 11, 2013
Today, on Veterans Day, we honor our veterans for their sacrifice and commitment to keeping this country safe and free. 22 veterans commit suicide per day due to the emotional pain they feel from their experiences serving. However, there is still hope in helping these veterans and their families. The Wisconsin Warrior Summit, presented by Mental Health America of Wisconsin, looks to provide this hope. The summit will take place Wednesday, November 13th and Thursday, November 14th at the Bishop O'Connor Center, 702 S. High Point Rd, Madison, WI. More information on the summit and how to register can be found here.
Army Captain Surprises Daughter at Wisconsin Football Game
September 25, 2013
Army Captain, Jane Renee "JR" Lund, a Wausau, WI native, surprised her daughter, Bella, with an early return from Afghanistan at the University of Wisconsin Badgers Football game on September 21st when they faced Purdue University.
Marquette University Law School's Brown Bag Lunch CLE Series Presentation On the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act on November 14th, 2013
The Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic (MVLC) and Legal Action of Wisconsin offers a free Brown Bag Lunch Series throughout each academic year the marquette University Law School. This series is open to the community. One may attend in person or online. All presentations are from 12:10pm-1:00pm. On November 14th, 2013, the Series is holding a presentation on the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. For more information, please click here!
Former Veterans Law Center Administrator Completes AmeriCorps Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Internship
August 16, 2013
Former Veterans Law Center Administrator and current Attorney/Paralegal Coordinator and Thomas M. Cooley Law School Student, Karen McKenzie, has recently completed a summer internship with AmeriCorps Equal Justice Works Summer Corps. In May 2013, Karen was accepted as the Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Intern for the Veterans Law Center. The EJW selected only 270 law students nationwide for this honor. Summer Corps Members expand the delivery of critically needed legal assistance in low-income and underserved communities across the country for veterans, homeowners facing foreclosure, disaster victims, and those facing other legal issues. During her internship, Karen focused on veterans outreach and VLC service expansion.
New Veterans Law Center Administrator
August 16, 2013
Davis Runde is the new Veterans Law Center Administrator. Davis graduated this past spring from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a Bachelor's degree in Legal Studies. During his senior year, Davis volunteered his time at the University of Wisconsin Law School's Mediation Clinic. Davis was the Case Manager and Co-Director for the Mediation Clinic, working under the supervision of Clinical Professor Donna Erez-Navot. Davis became a certified mediator and spent part of the summer mediating small claims cases at the Dane County Courthouse. While serving the Veterans Law Center, Davis will also be working for AmeriCorps and the Schools of Hope Project as a tutor and tutor coordinator focusing on literacy in elementary schools. Davis will be applying to law schools this fall.
VLC Administrator - Davis Runde
Veterans Law Center Student Coordinator Awarded the Peggy Browning Fellowship
May 3rd, 2013
Andrew Brooks, a first-year student at the University of Wisconsin Law School and VLC Student Coordinator, has been awarded a ten-week summer fellowship by the Peggy Browning Fund. The fellowship honors law students who excel academically and who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the cause of workers’ rights. Read more here.
Veterans Law Center Board Member Assists Boston Marathon Victims
May 1st, 2013
William "BJ" Ganem, a member of the Veterans Law Center Advisory Board and Team Lead for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, has traveled twice to Boston to visit patients with injuries from the bombing in order to lift their spirits and provide advice on how to overcome injuries. Read more about his team's exploits here and here.
Veterans Law Center Student Training Session
February 8th, 2013
Over twenty students came to the VLC Student Volunteer Training session to learn how to provide civil legal services low income veterans and their families here in Dane County. Learn more about the Veterans Law Center, click here.
Zion Lutheran Church Donates to the Veterans Law Center
January 15th, 2013
Zion Lutheran Church generously donated funds to help operate the Veterans Law Center, a free walk-in legal clinic for military service members, veterans and their families. Learn more about the Veterans Law Center, opening in November here.
New Veterans Law Center Student Coordinator
December 12th, 2012
Andrew Brooks (1L) will be the new Veterans Law Center Student Coordinator starting Spring Semester. He takes over for Kathleen Marschman who is graduating this semester. The VLC and the Pro Bono Program thank her for all her hard work and wish her luck in her future endeavors.1Ls Andrew Brooks
Veterans Law Center Grand Opening
November 8th, 2012
The University of Wisconsin Law School Pro Bono Program has launched a new resource for local veterans in need of civil legal assistance: the Veterans Law Center (VLC). VLC is a free legal center staffed by volunteer lawyers, paralegals and law students. The center serves low-income veterans and their families, providing brief legal advice, information and referrals on a variety of civil legal matters. Read about the Grand Opening here and here. For more information about the VLC, please click here.
For more pictures from the Grand Opening click here.
Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. Donates to the Veterans Law Center
October 1st, 2012
In honor of its employees who are military veterans or have family members who have served or are serving in the military, Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. generously donated $5,000 to help fund the Veterans Law Center, a free walk-in legal clinic for military service members, veterans and their families. Learn more about the Veterans Law Center, opening in November here.
Veterans Law Center Attorney Training Session
October 3rd, 2012
Over 50 attorneys and paralegals came to the Attorney/Paralegal Volunteer Training session to learn how to provide civil legal services low income veterans and their families here in Dane County. Learn more about the Veterans Law Center, opening in November click here.
Veterans Law Center Student Training Session
September 21st, 2012
Over thirty students came to the VLC Student Volunteer Training session to learn how to provide civil legal services low income veterans and their families here in Dane County. Learn more about the Veterans Law Center, opening in November click here.
Professor Kempinen provides ethics training and law student volunteers sign up for VLC session shifts.