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UW Veterans Services Center Offers New Service


March 16, 2011 — Arrangements for free legal services provided on campus for University of Wyoming military veterans and their families are now being offered.

John R. Hursh of Laramie will provide assistance on a volunteer basis to help veterans and their dependents with legal issues. He will meet with military veterans at UW's Veterans Services Center, located in Knight Hall Room 241.

Hursh will be available to help veterans with issues relating to their military service such as legal research related to veteran's affairs; information and advice on military court issues; and help with investigations on matters relating to military and veteran's benefits.

Hursh graduated from UW in with a B.A. degree (1965) in political science and received his jurist doctorate (1968) from UW's College of Law. He also was ASUW president in 1965.

After law school, Hursh completed Marine Corps officer candidate school and was commissioned as an officer in 1968. He is a former Marine Corps judge advocate officer. He was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps with the rank of captain in 1976 and began his career as trial lawyer in Wyoming.

Hursh is a long time member of the Wyoming Bar Association and practiced law in Riverton for 38 years before recently retiring to Laramie. He is a former Wyoming state legislator and is past Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association president.

He is admitted to practice before the Wyoming Supreme Court, the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Military Appeals. Hursh wanted to find a project to stay involved with the law and military troops since moving to Laramie, saying "this is a perfect fit."

Dolores Saucedo Cardona, UW associate dean of students who chaired a task force that reviewed the needs of military veterans on campus, says Hursh brings a wealth of civil and military law experience to the new UW Veterans Services Center.

"His volunteer work will enhance the existing student attorney services provided to veteran students at UW especially given his military experience as a JAG officer," Cardona says.

UW's student veterans can call (307) 766-6908 to make an appointment.

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