CLAS Featured in Military News Publications

The Mason Law Clinic for Legal Assistance to Servicemembers (CLAS) was the recent subject of news stories by Stars and Stripes and the Military Times Media Group (publishers of the Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times). 

Jeff Schogol's Stars and Stripes piece delivered a broad overview of the clinic and its mission. It highlighted the story of CLAS client Neil Schalk, an injured Marine corporal whose application for insurance benefits has been denied twice. The Military Times article by Karen Jowers focused more specifically on CLAS' efforts to aid a Missouri group interested in starting a legal clinic for soldiers modeled after CLAS. 

Law Students Help Servicemembers and Families Pursue Civil Cases, Stars and Stripes, December 23, 2006.  By Jeff Schogol.

"Tamar Nedzar, 29, is one of the George Mason law students representing Schalk.

"The West Hartford, Conn., woman said it is 'rewarding' to represent people like Schalk, who may not have other resources.

"Schalk, who has undergone 13 surgeries at the Navy hospital in Bethesda, Md., since being injured, said he would not have been able to press his case if he had to pay his own legal fees. 

"'It allows me to definitely pursue the case without having the stress of having to pay for it,' he said."

Legal Assistance Program for Troops Expands, Military Times Media Group, December 22, 2006.  By Karen Jowers.

"A free legal assistance program for service members in Virginia is being exported to Missouri, and is expected to catch on in other states.

"Dozens of service members and their families have received legal representation from George Mason University Law School's Clinic for Legal Assistance to Servicemembers (CLAS) since the program was founded in 2004 by Joseph Zengerle, a Vietnam veteran. Zengerle, executive director of the clinic, also developed and teaches a seminar on homeland security and the war on terror at the law school. 

"Representatives from George Mason's CLAS program will be working with interested individuals in Missouri to establish a pro-bono legal services program for service members modeled after CLAS. The effort is backed by Missouri's governor and key state legislators, the Missouri Federalist Society and some of the state's leading law firms, according to Ginny Smith, spokeswoman for George Mason University School of Law."

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