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      Delaware Law School Launches Military Mondays

      Veterans Law Clinic Director Amber Baylor and Clinic Intern Mike Routh assist a veteran during Military Mondays.

      A new public service project Delaware Law School recently launched at a local Starbucks helps disabled veterans get their legal questions answered, while it also gives law students a valuable opportunity to build professional skills and learn more about veterans law.

      Through the "Military Mondays" program, Veterans Law Clinic staff attorneys and student interns conduct sit-down meetings with veterans in need of advice, at no cost. Using space provided by Starbucks in the Wilmington Nemours Building, school attorneys and students answer veterans' questions about their claims for benefits through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. The program operates one Monday a month.

      "A lot of times the VA system is overwhelming," student Lindsey Procida said. "They get these pieces of paper and they read them and don't know what to do."

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      Emeritus Professor Thomas J. Reed and Veterans Law Clinic Intern Lindsey Procida assist a veteran during Military Mondays.

      Procida and fellow student Mike Routh volunteered to help staff with the first Military Mondays event, with Veterans Law Clinic Director Amber Baylor and Emeritus Professor Thomas J. Reed. Both students are interns in the Veterans Law Clinic. Procida helped organize the appointments for the program and sat alongside Reed for four meetings.

      "It was nice to get that face-to-face," she said of the experience, adding she learned a lot from hearing Reed's thought processes and explanations of how the VA operates.

      Routh said he felt good that the Military Mondays event was able to provide a lot of information veterans needed. He wished the clinic could take on some of the veterans as clients, but Military Mondays is about dispensing advice and information in a casual atmosphere outside of a formal client relationship. Starbucks began Military Mondays last year in Virginia. The program is one of many the company has established in its effort to hire more than 10,000 military veterans by 2018.

      "It was a good experience," said Routh, who is studying law as a new professional path, after a career trading futures. "I never knew this branch of law existed. It's been a real eye opener in a big way," he said.

      The next Military Mondays event will be held Nov. 14.


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