Veterans Law Institute - About Our Partnerships
Stetson University College of Law partners with a number of local and national organizations to fulfill the missions of the Veterans Law Institute and the Veterans Advocacy Clinic. Our partnerships include the University of South Florida, the National Veterans Legal Clinic Consortium, the American Bar Association, and the Military and Veterans Law Section of the Florida Bar, to name only a few.
Bay Pines VA Healthcare System Medical Legal Partnership
Stetson Law students work with Veterans Administration social workers and legal aid attorneys to assist low-income veterans in the area with their civil legal needs through the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System Medical Legal Partnership (MLP) program.
Through the Medical Legal Partnership program, qualifying low-income veterans in the area can secure legal assistance for non-criminal offenses in a range of areas, from veterans benefits and Social Security disability benefits to family law matters, guardianship, and landlord-tenant disputes.
USF College of Medicine
Students and faculty from Stetson University College of Law and University of South Florida Health work together in a first-of-its-kind collaboration to help veterans secure entitled disability benefits faster.
The program assists veterans to prove entitlement to Veterans Administration disability benefits, and it helps the Veterans Administration make accurate decisions on complicated medical claims. Through the partnership, Stetson’s Veterans Advocacy Clinic refers veteran clients to USF Health for diagnosis and assessment of mental health issues and a variety of physical health concerns. USF may also refer veterans to Stetson’s Veterans Advocacy Clinic for assistance with legal concerns regarding VA disability compensation.
National Law School Veterans Clinic Consortium
The National Law School Veterans Clinic Consortium (NLSVCC) is a nonprofit organization composed of veterans clinics at law schools across the country who work together to improve legal representation for military veterans. Through the NLSVCC, veterans clinics learn from each other what works best in helping veterans navigating a difficult claims process. The consortium also helps law clinics work together to train future lawyers who may either practice in veterans advocacy or volunteer pro bono time to the effort. The consortium also acts as a national referral network to help law schools assist veterans outside their geographic areas or with legal issues outside their scope.
MyVA Community Engagement Board
Stetson's Veterans Law Institute is a proud member of the St. Petersburg/Bay Pines MyVA Community Engagement Board (CEB). The board’s purpose is to bring together local veterans service providers, resources, advocates, and other stakeholders to improve outcomes for veterans, service members, and their families. As partners in the CEB, we provide information through a Veterans Resource Guide and legal services offered through the Bay Pines VA Medical-Legal Partnership.