MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—The Michael Late Benedum Chapter of the American Association of Professional Landmen has donated $24,000 to the Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic at the West Virginia University College of Law.
The clinic provides pro bono legal services to former service members while training law students. Under faculty supervision, students working in the clinic represent veterans in litigation before administrative agencies and courts on benefits, discharge upgrades, employment claims and other civil matters.
The Michael Late Benedum Chapter raised the funds at its fifth annual Charity Clay Shoot, Dinner and Auction. This is the third year in a row that the veterans law clinic has received the event’s proceeds, which now total $78,000.
The clay shoot was held at Hunting Hills in Dilliner, Pennsylvania. It was sponsored by 23 oil and gas companies and service providers who pledged between $500 and $7,500 to the veterans clinic. Northeast Natural Energy’s Anthony Romeo, himself a veteran, is the founder of the event.
“I am so thankful for the support and enthusiasm that surrounds this event and its cause. Year over year this event receives more support and more interest,” he said. “I can’t say enough about the sponsors that contribute to the event, the volunteers doing work behind the scenes, and about the patrons that join us for a day at the range.”
Jed Nolan, the director of the Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic, is grateful for the donation from the professional landmen.
"The clinic is humbled by the continued support from this event,” Nolan said. “We are surrounded by great people, such as Anthony Romeo and Michael Kalany, who time and again have shown their dedication to the clinic and to the veterans."
The Michael Late Benedum Chapter is comprised of 1,500 land professionals engaged in the oil, gas, and mineral industries throughout the Appalachian Basin.
Left to right: Elaine Wilson, associate dean of WVU College of Law; Mitch Duckworth '20 of the WVU Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic; Greg Bowman, dean of the WVU College of Law; and Anthony Romeo and Michael Kalany of the Michael Late Benedum Chapter of the American Association of Professional Landmen.