Veterans Legal Program
The Veterans Legal Program serves veterans throughout New Jersey and is comprised of 2 distinct programs.
Veterans legal wellness clinic
Veterans face many barriers to successful return to civilian life, including ongoing civil legal issues. To help veterans address these problems, VLJ developed the Veterans Legal Wellness Clinic, held at the East Orange VA on a regular basis, in partnership with the VA, BASF Corporation, and Panasonic.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
The Veterans Legal Wellness Clinic is limited to attorneys from BASF Corporation and Panasonic, with partnering firms. Prior experience is not needed and training materials are available to those who participate in the clinic. A VLJ staff attorney is present at every Veterans Legal Wellness Clinic to answer questions and provide support to volunteers.
WHAT DO VOLUNTEERS DO?
The Veterans Wellness Legal Clinic is held once a month. Attorneys meet with clients to go through a legal screening questionnaire, to spot check what issues are related to a legal problem or could be resolved through legal relief. Volunteer attorneys then provide advice and limited services. If the veteran requires any additional service handled by VLJ, he/she is referred to that program and set up with next steps. If the veteran needs services that are outside the scope of VLJ programming, he/she is referred to an appropriate referral partner through the help of support staff at this clinic.
HOW TO SIGN UP
Attorneys from BASF Corporation and Panasonic should contact their respective pro bono coordinator to register to volunteer at the clinic.
PSEG Veterans Legal Clinic
Frequent issues that veterans face relate to criminal record expungement, driver's license restoration, and child support modification. VLJ developed the PSEG Veterans Legal Clinic in partnership with PSEG, Gibbons, and McCarter & English to provide advice and limited services on legal issues including criminal record expungement and driver’s license restoration.
Who can participate?
The PSEG Veterans Legal Clinic is limited to attorneys from PSEG, Gibbons, and McCarter & English. Prior experience with criminal record expungements, and driver’s license restoration, or child support modification is not required to volunteer. VLJ has training material and sample forms available on these topics. Volunteers with no prior experience in these areas are required to review the training materials prior to attending a clinic. A VLJ staff attorney is present at every PSEG Veteran’s Legal Clinic to answer questions and provide support to volunteers.
What do volunteers do?
The PSEG Veterans Legal Clinic is held on the 4th Tuesday each month in downtown Newark. Clients are prescreened by VLJ and eligible veterans meet with volunteer attorneys by appointment. Attorneys provide advice and limited services on criminal record expungement, driver’s license issues, and child support modifications. Clients who require further assistance may be referred back to VLJ for additional services.
How to sign up
Attorneys from Gibbons, McCarter & English, or PSEG should contact their respective pro bono coordinator to register to volunteer at the clinic.