News Story (Virginia)
National Law Journal
July 6, 2015
Tags: Benefits of Legal Aid: Economic, Law School Clinics, Veterans
Organizations mentioned/involved: National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP)
A Starbucks in Williamsburg, Virginia, lists that last menu item courtesy of a collaboration with the College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law’s Lewis B. Puller Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic. The clinic holds weekly benefits counseling and outreach programs for veterans at the coffeehouse — a pilot program dubbed Military Mondays that organizers hope to expand nationwide with the help of other law schools.
“There are going to be a lot of veterans we can get to come to their local coffee shop who might not be comfortable reaching out for formal help at our law school,” said clinic director Patricia Roberts. She conceived of the partnership after reading about the company’s commitment to veterans in a Time magazine profile of chief executive officer Howard Schultz in February. She cold-called Schultz and the company responded within a week. The program kicked off on June 29.