Fall In For Our Troops

Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic

The Washburn Law Clinic is pleased to serve veterans and other service members living in Kansas through the Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic.

Saturday, February 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m.–Noon
Washburn University School of Law
1st Floor Commons

This clinic will focus on

  • wills, living wills, and durable powers of attorney, and
  • expungement of arrests/convictions in Shawnee County District Court and Topeka Municipal Court.

Veterans are asked to bring
proof of military connection and
must meet financial eligibility requirements.
Questions about eligibility? Call (785) 670-1191.

Wills, Living Wills, and Durable Powers of Attorney

Law students will prepare the desired documents after meeting with the veteran to determine their needs. A second meeting will be required for the final signing of the document(s).

What is a Will?
It directs how you want your property distributed and/or who you want to take care of your children.

What is a Living Will?
It allows you to instruct medical professionals to withhold or withdraw certain kinds of life-sustaining procedures if you have a terminal condition.

What is a Financial Power of Attorney?
It allows someone to handle your financial matters.

What is a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care?
It authorizes someone to act on your behalf regarding medical care if you cannot make or communicate decisions about your care.

Wills, Living Wills, and Financial Power of Attorney
documents are available to separated military,
active military, and their families.
Kansas residents only.


Is a criminal arrest or conviction holding you back
from housing or employment opportunities?
Consider petitioning for expungement!

Law students, working pro bono under the close supervision of faculty, will assist with petitioning the court for an order of expungement of arrests/convictions and will appear at the expungement hearing with the veteran. Expungements are only available to veterans and members of the military who have arrests or convictions that occurred in Shawnee County District Court and/or Topeka Municipal Court.

If possible, please bring with you all paperwork regarding your
arrest or conviction including Complaint, Probation Order, or case number.

Please see the list of NON-expungable offenses below.
See also list of possible expungable offenses (19 KB PDF).

Non-Expungable Offenses

A person may not receive an expungement for convictions of:

  • Rape
  • Indecent liberties with a child
  • Aggravated indecent liberties with a child
  • Criminal sodomy
  • Aggravated criminal sodomy
  • Indecent solicitation of a child
  • Aggravated indecent solicitation of a child
  • Sexual exploitation of a child
  • Aggravated incest
  • Endangering a child
  • Aggravated endangering of a child
  • Abuse of a child
  • Capital murder
  • Murder in the first degree
  • Murder in the second degree
  • Voluntary manslaughter
  • Involuntary manslaughter
  • Involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence
  • Sexual battery when the victim is less than 18 years of age
  • Aggravated sexual battery
  • Commercial driving under the influence, including any diversion for such violation
  • Any comparable offense if the conviction was in effect at any time prior to July 1, 2011.

Anyone with a felony conviction on their record dated within the last two years, or a pending possible felony conviction, is not eligible for an expungement.

Anyone who is required to register on the Kansas Offender Registry is not eligible for an expungement.

(List compiled from K.S.A. 21 6614(e)(1-18).)

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Photograph: Thomas Romig.

"I am very proud of this new, much-needed program we are providing to our veterans and service members," said Dean Thomas J. Romig, who retired as a Major General in the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps in 2005 after 34 years of service. "We plan to follow through with additional Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic initiatives as our Law Clinic works with the veteran and military community to determine in which legal areas assistance is needed."

Tax Assistance

A tax assistance clinic is also being offered each Saturday through April 14.

Getting to the Law School

Washburn Law is on Topeka Metro bus route #17 (west 17th). Exit the bus near 17th Street and MacVicar.

See also directions.

Special thanks to the Veterans' Legal Association of Washburn (VLAW) for assisting in this event.