March 8, 2013
Legal Services Start-up for Veterans, Active Military
A call center that helps connect central Ohio’s low-income veterans and active military personnel to legal services is now in operation at Capital University Law School.
The joint venture between the Ohio Military/Veterans Legal Assistance Project and the Law School is designed to make it easier for low income veterans and active military personal in Franklin and contiguous counties to get legal assistance they might not otherwise be able to afford. Interested veterans may call the center toll free, 1.877.759.6182.
The call center will help OMVLAP, in conjunction with Columbus Legal Aid, connect financially strapped veterans and active duty service members with legal representation in areas of divorce, dissolution, employment, consumer and housing issues. Eligible veterans include anyone who has ever been on federal deployment and who meet income requirements.
The center will be staffed by Michael Nugent, a fourth-year Capital University Law School student whose experience has included work for the OAG office as a legal intern and claims account representative. He also has externed for the Ohio Nurses Association and for Judge George C. Smith.
OMVLAP was launched last June with funding from the WalMart Foundation and the Ohio State Bar Foundation. It arose out of the Ohio Veterans WrapAround Project, created by Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton. The call center was made possible in part through a $25,000 grant from the William C. and Naoma W. Denison, Robert Bartels, Virginia Hall Beale and Robert B. Hurst funds of the Columbus Foundation.
The call center will refer some matters each semester to Capital University Law School’s Legal Clinic. Students who hold intern licenses and applicable legal skills work under the direct supervision of licensed practicing attorneys, including those who manage the clinic.