Student Event Provides Legal Services to Veterans, Congressman Tonko Recognizes Alumni Veterans

10/21/2013 | Facebook|Twitter|Email
Congressman Tonko recognizing veteran Mark Myers '07

Dozens of veterans received one-on-one counseling from volunteer attorneys on Oct. 19, 2013, as part of Veterans’ Service Day, a student-led program that has served more than 200 veterans in the past two years.


Congressman Paul Tonko, introduced by President & Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews, praised the law school for providing a critical service for the veteran community. He presented letters to honor two veteran attorneys for their service to their country: Albany Law alumni Mark Myers '07 and Joel Abelove '95.


“Many veterans, who have given so selflessly to our country, return home to find themselves without access to essential services, including legal counsel,” Tonko told the crowd. “Albany Law School’s efforts to help these veterans are invaluable, and the voluntary involvement of so many students and attorneys in our community is a testament to our good will for our veterans.”


Veteran Joel Abelove '95 praises the school for creating a supportive community for veterans

Fifteen attorneys provided legal assistance, and a number of agencies and advocacy organizations provided small business counseling, peer mentoring and education consulting.


Josh Bennett, Class of '14, director of Albany Law School Veterans' Pro Bono Group and eight-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, organized the event with Nic Rangel '11, post-graduate pro bono fellow.

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