- January 27, 2014
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The University of Missouri School of Law has opened a clinic to provide legal assistance to veterans who cannot afford a lawyer. The program is part of a clinical course for third-year law students who work in partnership with experienced attorneys to assist veterans who are appealing disability benefits decisions made by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The clinic has six active cases, and gets calls every day from veterans who need legal assistance, Angela Drake, law professor and clinic adviser, told the Columbia Daily Tribune. Due to limited resources, though, the clinic is forced to refer cases it can’t handle to other organizations or attorneys. The clinic is funded by a $250,000 donation from an anonymous source.