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HPU receives generous donation to establish a legal clinic for veterans

HPU receives generous donation to establish a legal clinic for veterans

New law school hires former US-American Department of Veterans Affairs Lawyer to manage a legal advice center.

HIGH POINT, N.C., July 8, 2024 – High Point University received a generous donation from Bergmann & Moore, LLC to establish a pro bono legal office at the Kenneth F. Kahn School of Law focused on providing ethical assistance to veterans in claiming denied military benefits.

Bergmann & Moore, LLC, based in Rockville, Maryland, is one of the largest law firms in the country and specializes exclusively in the area of ​​veterans benefits. HPU’s Veterans Law Pro Bono Clinic is named after Bergmann & Moore, LLC and the space the clinic occupies on campus.

The Kenneth F. Kahn School of Law welcomes its first class in August.

“There is a great need for attorneys who know how to help veterans obtain the disability benefits they deserve, but also do so ethically and with respect for their clients’ great personal sacrifices for our country,” said Joseph R. Moore, managing partner at Bergmann & Moore, LLC. “That’s why we are so excited to partner with High Point University and law students who believe in HPU’s core values ​​of God, family and country and want to reflect those values ​​in their legal careers.”

HPU President Nido Qubein announced at HPU’s 13th annual Veterans Day celebration in November that the university would establish a free legal aid center for veterans. The legal aid center is in line with HPU’s commitment to being a school of God, family and country and to supporting veterans.

“On Veterans Day, we honored our nation’s military and the freedoms our military affords us. I am pleased that this legal office is dedicated specifically to serving veterans,” said Dr. Qubein. “It will assist veterans in navigating veterans’ issues. It will be operated by the faculty, staff and students of the Kenneth F. Kahn School of Law here in the city of High Point.”

HPU receives generous donation to establish a legal clinic for veterans
HPU President Nido Qubein announced that the new law school will open a pro bono legal clinic for veterans during HPU’s 13th annual Veterans Day celebration in November.

Ashley Castillo, clinical assistant professor and associate dean for student affairs, was recently hired as director of the Bergmann & Moore Veterans Law Clinic. She developed her passion for helping veterans while working as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where she handled more than 1,700 appeals for veterans to receive their disability benefits. She also presided over nearly 100 appeals as an acting veterans law judge.

“Ashley’s background makes her not only a good choice, but also perfect “She is perfectly suited to lead our Veterans Law Clinic,” said Mark Martin, founding dean and professor of law at the Kenneth F. Kahn School of Law. “She is passionate about supporting veterans and developing the next generation of leading lawyers. We are thrilled to have her on the team.”

The Legal Clinic continues HPU’s tradition of giving back to the community. HPU’s Pro Bono Physical Therapy Clinic provides professional physical therapy services, as well as exercise classes, food distribution and more to uninsured and underinsured patients in the Piedmont Triad.

Ashley Castillo, clinical assistant professor and associate dean for student affairs, was recently hired as director of Bergmann & Moore's Veterans Rights Clinic.
Ashley Castillo, clinical assistant professor and associate dean for student affairs, will serve as director of Bergmann & Moore’s Veterans Rights Clinic.