VALOR Earns Award for Men's Tennis Event

Aug. 29, 2012

Release courtesy of the Wake Forest School of Law

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest School of Law's Veteran Advocacy Law Organization (VALOR) was the recipient of the 2012 Judy M. Weightman Memorial Public Interest Award from the American Bar Association.

VALOR offered a free legal clinic to veterans in conjunction with a Wake Forest men's tennis match on in February. With attorney oversight, student volunteers provided workshops for wills and powers of attorney, rights upon police encounters, and landlord/tenant issues. Veterans also received information from the United Way regarding housing for the homeless, from the N.C. and U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs regarding State and Federal benefits, and from a National Service Officer regarding V.A. benefits claims and appeals.

After lunch that was donated by a local veteran, Army Major Gen. Gill Beck recognized two local wounded warriors and all the veterans were invited to watch a tennis match between Wake Forest and Virginia Commonwealth.

WFU Law School Dean Blake D. Morant said, "Receiving the 2012 Judy M. Weightman Memorial Public Interest Award constitutes a significant achievement, of which we are all very proud. You should know that Professor Beth Hopkins, director of Outreach and Diversity, works very hard to ensure the quality of our programming. Much of the credit for this award goes to her and, of course, the wonderful students who volunteer their time to this effort."



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