Jones Day Pittsburgh's Veterans Law Clinic expands to work with the Veterans Leadership Project
Clients Veterans Place Signature Project
In late September 2011, Jones Day Pittsburgh's Jeff DeVore, Matt Divelbiss, and Tom Jones met with Al Mercer, executive director of the Veterans Leadership Project ("VLP"), a South Side organization that assists low-income veterans, with an emphasis on those just leaving the service; VLP provides job and housing assistance, referring veterans with particular needs to specialized entities and organizations. As a result of that meeting, Jones Day agreed to expand our Veterans Law Clinic, which currently is run through Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard, to include VLP; since October, the Pittsburgh Office has provided assistance to five veterans through this program; the office also provided Christmas gifts to the children of low-income veterans. Jeff will administer the program, and we look forward to serving this population.
Earlier in the year, Jones Day Pittsburgh was recognized at the annual meeting of the Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership for creating the first "virtual" clinic in the city. Jones Day lawyers meet with clients from the Veteran's Clinic over the phone and triage cases so as to assign the correct lawyers quickly and efficiently. The Veteran's Clinic was the subject of a cover story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.