Pitt Law's Veterans Legal Practicum Announces EngagePitt™ Crowdfunding Campaign

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law announced that it is raising funds via EngagePitt™ to support the Veterans Legal Practicum’s efforts in providing pro bono legal assistance to veterans.

The EngagePitt website is the University of Pittsburgh’s crowdfunding platform, where donors can make online donations to special campaigns, service projects, and other experiential learning opportunities. Unlike other fundraising tools, EngagePitt keeps supporters up to date on both fundraising progress as well as the end results of these worthy projects.

Pitt Law’s Veterans Legal Practicum is the only pro bono provider of military discharge upgrade services in the region. Students, along with supervising attorneys, assist veterans in securing their entitled benefits and reversing less than fully honorable military discharges. The Practicum has a caseload of approximately 100 veterans, and is split roughly 50/50 between complex VA claims and discharge upgrades. Discharge upgrade cases may involve veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, or other mental health disorders that contributed to misconduct after they returned from overseas assignments. The Practicum currently has more than ten cases pending before defense department boards, having already won three of the cases they filed at the administrative level, and obtained a court-ordered remand in a fourth.

Donations raised through the EngagePitt crowdfunding campaign will provide sustainable funding to allow Veterans Legal Practicum faculty and students to continue serving veterans. Funds will also enable law students to develop and argue actual court cases on behalf of those who have served our country. EngagePitt™ donations will pay for students enrolled in the practicum to travel to Washington, D.C. to argue cases before the service boards and pay for associated court fees. Most importantly, 100 percent of the monies raised through the EngagePitt campaign will go directly to the Veterans Legal Practicum.

Pitt Law’s Veterans Legal Practicum EngagePitt crowdfunding campaign will remain active for several weeks, with the official launch starting Nov. 3, 2016. 100 percent of your gift is considered a gift to Pitt, which is a 501 (c) (3).  A tax receipt will be sent to you by mail after you have made your donation. Gifts can be made online at the EngagePitt site at engage.pitt.edu/law.

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