Tully Rinckey PLLC’s “Jeans and Sneakers” initiative funds Veterans Legal Clinic
April 28, 2016 – Syracuse, N.Y. – Tully Rinckey PLLC is giving back to veterans in need of legal aid, while also supporting the education of law students by providing funds to the Syracuse University College of Law Veterans Legal Clinic.
A check was presented to the Veterans Legal Clinic on behalf of Tully Rinckey PLLC by Syracuse Managing Partner Donald Kelly. The donated funds will support the mission of the organization, which provides resources to veterans and their families by assisting with Veterans Administration (VA) claims, representing clients in VA claim appeals, and helping veterans in upgrading discharges that occurred under negative circumstances. The funds were accepted by Yelena Duterte, director of the Veterans Legal Clinic.
Tully Rinckey PLLC has a long-standing record of service with the military. Throughout its seven offices, the firm employs 70 attorneys, a large group of which are veterans. The firm’s founding partner, Mathew B. Tully, is a recently-retired New York Army National Guard lieutenant colonel who received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service in Afghanistan. As a civilian attorney, he has won numerous landmark decisions protecting veterans’ rights, especially those pertaining to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Founding Partner Greg T. Rinckey is a former Army JAG attorney who currently represents service members worldwide in a variety of military law issues.
“The mission of the Veterans Legal Clinic is one Tully Rinckey PLLC fully supports,” said Tully Rinckey PLLC Managing Partner Donald Kelly. “Not only does this program help veterans in need navigate the legal system, but it is an immersive opportunity for students to gain experience with government agencies, advocacy work and case management. As a Syracuse University alumnus, I welcome the opportunity to help this program succeed.”
The Syracuse University College of Law Veterans Legal Clinic was established in January 2015 to support local veterans and military personnel as the area boasts one of the nation’s largest military bases, Ft. Drum. Students who participate for college credit represent real clients, and gain an understanding of military culture.
Since its inception in February 2010, Tully Rinckey PLLC’s Jeans and Sneakers initiative has donated about $18,000 to more than 50 nonprofit organizations. Under this initiative, employees who wear jeans and sneakers to the office on Fridays make a $1 donation for each casual clothing item worn. At the end of the month, the firm makes a dollar-for-dollar matching contribution. Recent recipients of Jeans and Sneakers donations include the Binghamton Crime Victims Assistance Center, Veteran’s Outreach Center in Rochester, the Centers at Saint Camillus in Syracuse, WNYHeroes in Buffalo and the Albany County Family Court Children’s Center.
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