Mission Statement: The Hamline Law Veterans Association (HLVA) is dedicated to promoting community awareness of the issues faced by veterans and their families through legal clinics, public service, and public education projects. The ultimate goal of our organization is to contribute to the improvement and accessibility of all services available to veterans and their families.

Purpose Statement: HLVA is a student organization open to all students regardless of whether they are affiliated with the military or simply have a desire to show their support for our Armed Forces. The HLVA is dedicated to acting as a liaison between the School Administration and Veterans. In the wake of increased deployments, students in the Reserve and National Guard often find themselves interrupting their studies in order to answer the call to duty. This causes a great deal of hardship on the student, the administration, and their families. 

The HLVA’s Objectives are as follows:
  • Support and encourage academic excellence and professional growth among student veterans and service members  
  • Create a welcoming environment for veterans and service members and help promote awareness of veterans’ issues  
  • Act as a liaison between the Administration and Student Veterans, providing a point of contact for current students and future applicants  
  • Act as an intermediary between the Student Veteran, their unit, and the law school should conflicts arise  
  • Create greater awareness of the role Veterans play in today’s society  
  • Maintain contact with deployed students, ensuring the lines of communication with the school are maintained  
  • Assist in the reintegration of Student Veterans upon their return from deployment  
  • Participate in legislative lobbying activities related to Veterans’ issues and inspire volunteerism in the law school community  
  • Provide opportunities for fellowship and social interaction among Student Veterans and practicing Attorney Veterans within the legal community  
  • Develop and encourage cooperation with other student organizations at Hamline University School of Law   

Goals:  

  • Creation of Veteran's Endowment Fund The goal of this fund is to establish an annual, merit-based scholarship to assist a worthy Veteran or service member in paying for his or her legal education.
  • Establishment of Judge Advocate General Corps (JAG) Clinic
    The intent of this program is to allow students to provide pro bono legal services to veterans and their families.
      
  • Establishment of Judge Advocate General Corps (JAG) Practicum
    The intent of this progam is to allow all students with an interest in the Judge Advocate General Corps to participate in a practicum in order to determine whether the military is a good fit for them prior to making a commitment.
      

 

Hamline Veterans’ Association Formed by Student Steve Schmeneuer 

When first year Hamline law student Steve Schemenauer was called to active duty as part of Operation Enduring Freedom V in Afghanistan, he wasn’t sure what it might mean for his law education. But as he soon learned, administrators, faculty, staff and fellow students at Hamline all were committed to supporting him while he was away and when he returned.

Now, Steve – who will graduate from Hamline in December 2007 – is doing something to share his appreciation and to ensure that future Hamline students who are in the military receive the same level of support that he has enjoyed. Steve has founded the Hamline Veterans Association, a student group whose membership is open to anyone.

“This is my way of leaving something behind for Hamline,” he explains, “and to reassure any prospective law students who may be veterans or actively serving that Hamline is supportive of them.”