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Tampa Bay Campus Debt Relief Clinic News Graduate to Lead Debt Relief Clinic Victor H. Veschio (Sharpe Class, 1998) was appointed director of the Debt Relief Clinic at the Tampa Bay campus. 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.

“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 expert in debt relief he will continue to practice at Gibbons, Neuman Attorneys at Law in Tampa, Florida, while servicing the law school’s clinic. Veschio has extensive experience in creditor’s rights representing banks, credit unions, and private investors in federal bankruptcy courts. “WMU-Cooley’s Debt Relief Clinic has become a valuable resource for Hillsborough County residents needing help restructuring debt,” said Veschio.


Debt Relief Clinic Honored for Outstanding Pro Bono Service The Debt Relief Clinic was honored by the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee for Outstanding Pro Bono Service for providing legal counseling and representation to underserved indigent communities in the Tampa Bay area.


Since its inception in 2014, the Debt Relief Clinic has contributed nearly 5,400 hours to assist the community. In 2015, the Debt Relief Clinic assisted more than 100 clients with bankruptcy matters and contributed more than 1,300 hours of student intern time to bankruptcy matters.

The Clinic’s nomination emphasized the substantial population of self-represented bankruptcy filers in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida as well as the resources the Debt Relief Clinic provides.

(Left-right) WMU-Cooley Law School student Christine Pytlinski, and graduate Christine Laney (Hughes Class, 2016), accept the award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service.

Benchmark | Winter 2016