Students and alumni of the Syracuse University College of Law will provide pro-bono legal and financial advice to military veterans through their Sep. 28 Valor Day initiative.
After receiving resounding feedback from participants for its first Valor Day last March, students at the law school decided to continue serving veterans and military families through partnerships with professional alumni and local volunteers. Even organizers hope the Valor Day initiative, which has already helped more than 80 veterans, will turn the law school into a major advocate and resource for Syracuse's growing veteran population.
According to event organizer and third-year law student Marine Corps 1st Lt. Josh Keefe, most of the students, alumni and volunteers involved are either veterans or have previous military connections. He reiterated that this is not a money-making opportunity for lawyers, but a day of volunteer service.
"By no means are attendees entering into an attorney-client relationship or binding relationship with the lawyers," Keefe told the news source.
Legal advice, vocational counseling and resume critiques are among the provided services. A veterans information fair will also be held that day, offering resources from more than 20 veterans and government organizations.
Syracuse University currently ranks first in the state of New York and 17th in the nation in veteran enrollment, according to the school's veterans resource center.