Veterans Legal Advice Clinic and Wills Clinic: CJP April 2019 Recap
Two of the core services provided by the Community Justice Program, the Veterans Legal Advice Clinic and the Wills Clinic, were held in April. The Veterans Clinic, which offers legal advice on a variety of civil law issues to veterans and their family members, is held monthly at the Audie L. Murphy Veterans Affairs Hospital. This month, attorneys volunteered their legal expertise to assist 20 veterans. USAA, a stalwart supporter of the veterans legal advice clinic, was a driving force behind the success of this month’s clinic, and the CJP is grateful for USAA’s dedication to this program. Having a strong pool of volunteers is critical to the program’s ongoing success, so CJP always encourages volunteers from all practice areas to provide their services to veterans at the clinics, which are held in the Recreation Room at the VA Hospital on the second Friday of each month (excluding December) from 1pm – 4pm.
CJP’s Wills Clinic is held quarterly at the St. Mary’s Center for Legal and Social Justice. The clinic provides holistic estate planning services for small estates, including wills and ancillary documents such as medical and financial powers of attorney. These services are provided to low-income San Antonians, including many families who have recently received houses as part of the Habitat for Humanity program. The Crosley Law Firm and Tessmer Law Firm were instrumental in the success of the April clinic, allowing 15 clients to obtain necessary end of life documents. CJP’s attorney mentors, Henry Amen, Maggie Giltner, Tanya Feinleib, Roy Jeffries and Carl Werner, and CJP’s Notary Coordinator, Susan Wilan, are the backbone of the clinic. CJP appreciates their willingness to share their guidance and expertise with our volunteer corps.
The support of volunteer attorneys, notaries and legal professionals, and partners like USAA, the Crosley Law Firm, the Tessmer Law Firm, St. Mary’s University and the VA Hospital, is essential in ensuring CJP accomplishes its mission of helping indigent, vulnerable and at-risk San Antonians.Community Justice Program | Mentoring | Pro Bono | Volunteer