The Cumberland Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic at Cumberland School of Law, provides legal assistance to veterans and their families across the state of Alabama. Through partnerships with local and statewide veterans assistance organizations, the clinic helps veterans and their families for whom retaining counsel would be an undue hardship.
Representation of persons whose case is accepted by C-VETS will be by practicing attorneys assisted by law students or by law students authorized to provide legal representation supervised by practicing attorneys. C-VETS stands ready to assist with a wide variety of civil matters including consumer debt, landlord-tenant, contracts, uncontested family law matters and wills. Students and lawyers may also assist with criminal matters such as expungement, driver license issues and fines and court costs. We can also discuss other legal matters with you and may refer you to another organization. In Jefferson County, C-VETS will work closely with the Veterans Help Desk of the Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers program.
C-VETS helps veterans and their families in the following counties: Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Cullman, Etowah, Jefferson, Shelby, Walker
You must be a resident of one of our eight service counties, a veteran, spouse, surviving spouse or a dependent (must be a minor child or an adult disabled child living with parents) of an eligible veteran. In addition, you must show that retaining an attorney would be an undue hardship. If you are unsure, contact us and we will help you figure out if you are eligible. And even if you are not eligible for this particular program, we can refer you to other organizations that may be able to help.
We are based at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, but at this point, we are serving our eight-county area by telephone and email only.
No, there is no charge for our services.
No, but we will try to refer you to an attorney who can help you with discharge/upgrade issues.
No, but we may be able to refer you to an attorney or organization in your area that may be available to help you.
After you apply online or after contacting us by phone or email and being interviewed by a law student, we will decide whether we can assist you with your issue. If we decide that we can help, you will be contacted by a student advocate.
Call 205-726-4735. Leave a message with your phone number and a brief explanation of your legal issue. A law student will contact you to take an application for assistance over the phone.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your phone number and a brief description of your legal issue. A law student will contact you to take an application for assistance over the phone.
Complete our secure, online application. It's the fastest and easiest way to ensure that you provide the vital information we need to evaluate your legal issue and get the process started.
Once the application is completed online or by phone, the clinic will review your application and your legal issue and determine whether it can assist you. Because of time constraints, the clinic cannot assist with emergency legal matters.
While C-VETS does not directly engage volunteer attorneys to work on clinic cases, we are seeking attorneys willing to provide pro bono legal services on referral from the clinic. Therefore, C-VETS endeavors to maintain a list of attorneys who are willing to take referrals (on a pro bono basis) for matters that are either outside the scope of the clinic’s representation or due to space limitations, the clinic simply cannot undertake. If you are interested in joining our pro bono referral list, please email the C-VETS clinic at email@example.com or call the C-VETS managing attorney, Kevin Patton, at 205-254-1033, with your contact information.
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