On Saturday, February 16th, Widener Law students, faculty, and staff joined volunteer attorneys on the Dover Air Force Base for a Wills for Heroes
event that saw approximately 35 clients receive document preparation help.
Wills for Heroes is a service that provides wills, advance health care directives and financial powers of attorneys at no cost to first responders, such as police, firefighters, correction and probation officers, and paramedics – along with their spouses or partners. Documents are prepared during 90-minute appointments and first responders leave with all legal documents notarized and in effect.
"It is a pleasure not only to serve the legal needs of Delaware's heroes but also to help educate our students through hands on legal experience under the supervision of our many attorney volunteers,” said Damiano Del Pino ’11, who serves as co-coordinator of the Delaware Wills for Heroes program with Professor Alicia Kelly
Del Pino observed that the student volunteers credited the event with giving them a chance to get direct client contact experience while working alongside Delaware attorneys.
“The continual and enthusiastic support of Delaware's legal community and the students, staff and faculty of this school is a testament to the school's dedication to public service," he said.
Del Pino was instrumental in bringing the Wills for Heroes program to Widener Law’s Delaware campus while he was a student, and the school assumed the role as Delaware’s affiliate for the Wills For Heroes Foundation in April 2010. States cannot provide the service without a sponsoring affiliate, so Widener’s initiative brought the service to the First State and ensured it would have enthusiastic, ongoing support. Widener Law is the only law school in the nation to serve as a state affiliate for Wills For Heroes.