LSU Law will further expand its slate of experiential learning-focused clinics with the creation of the William A. Brookshire Veterans Law Clinic at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center. The new clinic, which will begin operation in January at the start of the spring semester, is being made possible with $600,000 in support from the William A. Brookshire Foundation and through collaboration with the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs.
Funding for the clinic is a portion of the recently announced $7.575 million gift to LSU from the William A. Brookshire Foundation that will also elevate the College of Engineering’s S & B Engineers and Constructors Scholarships and catalyze the new Future Scholars Pipeline Initiative.
“This new investment of funding will expand what has already been a remarkable impact, further elevating the scope and impact of our scholarships and our service to veterans,” said LSU President William F. Tate IV. “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Brookshire family as we strive to achieve the bold aims of our Scholarship First Agenda.”
The William A. Brookshire Veterans Law Clinic will serve active members and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, Reserves, and National Guard at no cost, as well as surviving family of deceased veterans. Under the careful guidance of seasoned faculty, LSU Law students in the clinic will gain invaluable experiential learning by assisting clients who are appealing claims before the federal Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
This latest gift to LSU by the William A. Brookshire Foundation continues the legacy of the late LSU alumnus William Alfred “Bill” Brookshire, Ph.D., who earned master’s and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from LSU after becoming the first in his family to earn a high school diploma. Throughout his life, Dr. Brookshire honored his appreciation for his LSU education by giving generously to the university. His philanthropic focus at LSU—which continues through this new gift—was on providing scholarships to working students and ensuring access to holistic on-campus support for military veterans and their families while commemorating the university’s military heritage.
LSU has more information on how the William A. Brookshire Foundation gift will benefit S & B Engineering and Constructors Scholarships and the Future Scholars Pipeline Initiative.