Clinic's Law Students Help People with Debt Issues - New Debt Relief Clinic Director Announced
WMU-Cooley Law School’s Tampa Bay campus has announced Victor H. Veschio as the new director of the law school’s Debt Relief Clinic. The clinic serves residents of Hillsborough County who are struggling with debt-related legal issues and is staffed by WMU-Cooley Law School students working under the supervision of a licensed attorney. Veschio will replace Robert (Bert) Savage, who is leaving to concentrate on a private law practice. Veschio’s appointment is effective May 1.
“WMU-Cooley’s Debt Relief Clinic has become a valuable resource for Hillsborough County residents needing help restructuring debt,” said Veschio. “It’s an honor for me to be able to help individuals in our community who are in need, while at the same time teaching law students the importance of service to community.”
Veschio has over 17 years of experience as an attorney and continues to practice at Gibbons, Neuman Attorneys at Law in Tampa, Florida. Veschio has extensive experience in creditor’s rights representing banks, credit unions, and private investors in federal bankruptcy courts.
“Bert Savage did an outstanding job developing the Debt Relief Clinic and we’re sorry to lose him,” said Jeff Martlew, WMU-Cooley Law School associate dean. “But Victor Veschio will provide excellent direction to the clinic and we’re excited to gain an experienced practitioner. Victor’s knowledge and understanding of the community and laws designed to help those burdened with debt is a valuable resource for Hillsborough County residents. His commitment to serve those in need is a wonderful example for law students to emulate.”
Veschio is a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, Florida Bar, District of Columbia Bar, American Bar Association, Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association, Commercial Law League of America, and American Bankruptcy Institute. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of South Florida and a juris doctor from WMU-Cooley Law School.
About Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School: Western Michigan University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School affiliated in 2014, combining the status of a nationally-ranked, public, comprehensive research university with the commitment to practical legal education of an independent, non-profit, national law school. WMU-Cooley is accredited by both the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The law school has provided nearly 20,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world, and enrolls classes in January, May, and September at its Lansing, Auburn Hills, and Grand Rapids, Michigan campuses, and its Tampa Bay, Florida campus. WMU and the law school continue to operate as independent institutions with their own governance structure and separate fiduciary responsibilities.