The UVA Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, in collaboration with attorneys with the Veterans Benefit Group of Goodman Allen Donnelly, are hosting a Free Veterans Benefits Legal Clinic for veterans in the Charlottesville community. The clinic will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Open Grounds, 1400 University Avenue.  This pro bono clinic enables a Veteran to meet with an attorney one-on-one to discuss questions about disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Ms. Erin Ralston, an attorney with the Veterans Benefit Group, worked with Sarah Steele at the UVA Women’s Center to organize and spread the word about the event. Ms. Ralston said, “The VA disability benefits process is very complicated, and these clinics provide Veterans with an opportunity to meet with an experienced attorney to go over the challenges they’ve faced and get insight into how to overcome the hurdles on their cases.”

Legal Clinic intern, Comfort Allotey commented, “This is an exciting event for us because it greatly expands on what we already do –  connecting with the larger Charlottesville community and giving back as we have also benefitted from the community. I believe that one of the biggest injustices we have today in the U.S. is failing to properly reintegrate veterans into society when they return from combat – whether it be in terms of housing, employment or healthcare. It is amazing that Goodman Allen and Donnelly have taken on this need pro bono, to help veterans with their benefits. This is a much needed supplement to the free legal clinic we already have at the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, as most of our attorneys deal with family law, landlord disputes, and business. I hope that based on the turnout of the veteran’s legal clinic, we can figure out what kind of needs we have in the Charlottesville community pertaining to servicemen and women. ” 

If you are interested in attending the clinic, please fill out this intake sheet before calling (804) 565-3532 to pre-register for the event. You must pre-register in order to attend this event.


For more information on the Legal Clinic program at UVA Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s center, visit

For more information about Veterans Benefits legal services through the Veterans Benefit Group of Goodman Allen Donnelly, visit