DETROIT MERCY SCHOOL OF LAW
LAUNCHES NATIONAL TOUR TO PROVIDE PRO BONO ASSISTANCE
EXCLUSIVELY ON FEDERAL BENEFITS ISSUES TO VETERANS
National Tour Kicks off in Detroit where Assistance
Began. School Asks Pro Bono Attorneys
Around the Country to Assist Veterans
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (UDM Law) launched its nationwide
tour of its Mobile Law Office (MLO) which will provide free assistance
and/or representation to thousands of low-income veterans exclusively on
federal benefits issues throughout the United States. The tour officially
kicked off in Detroit on Thursday, February 7, at 10:00 AM at the UDM Law
Atrium at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 651 E. Jefferson,
across from the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit.
UDM Law is the only law school in the country with an
MLO, a Recreational Vehicle that has been outfitted as a law office. For
the national tour, General Motors is donating a
specially designed, custom built, state-of-the-art RV.
Through the MLO, volunteer attorneys and UDM Law faculty and students
counseled and/or otherwise assisted over 800 people during the past year.
The MLO has made numerous stops at regional senior centers, churches, and
other similar facilities, as well as regular stops at facilities where
"When we started our
Veterans Clinic, we were overwhelmed by the response and the requests for
assistance from veterans both in Michigan and around the country," said Mark
Gordon, Dean of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. "Our veterans
deserve the best care available, and with the nationwide launch of our MLO,
our Veterans Clinic will be able to help additional low-income veterans
seeking federal benefits assistance."
To maximize the reach and
impact of UDM Law’s national MLO tour, a number of local attorneys and legal
support groups will be assisting low-income veterans exclusively with
federal benefits in a pro bono capacity in each city. During the tour, UDM
Law will provide training on federal benefits issues to attorneys around the
nation who are willing to donate time to assist veterans on a pro bono
basis. The law school is also asking additional law firms and attorneys
across the country to volunteer providing pro bono assistance to veterans.
Inc. is the television sponsor of MLO events in six major markets: Detroit,
San Antonio, Houston, Orlando, Miami, and Jacksonville.