„We are excited about the positive impact we believe this clinic will have on those who have served our country and their families, as well as the opportunity to provide our students with real-world experiences that prepare them for future careers,” said Law School Dean Peter B. „Bo” Rutledge. „We are grateful for the financial support of Jim Butler and others who have made this important new resource possible for the many veterans living in Georgia.” The Veterans Legal Clinic serves veterans and their families and helps them receive the benefits they have earned by serving our country. At the very least, the clinic will help its clients with benefits from the Veterans Administration and the Social Security Administration. The clinic will also reach out to veterans in Athens and the 15 surrounding counties to connect: with silent veterans who may not have access to legal or other services; at-risk Veterans who may face specific barriers to accessing or retaining benefits; and low-income veterans. Law students working at the clinic will gain experience: „We all have our different ways of giving back. Some may offer legal services. Some may provide food assistance. Whatever you have to serve veterans, you should do it, and especially on Veterans Day,” said Carlissa Carson, senior counsel at Emory University`s Volunteer Clinic for Veterans School of Law.
The clinic is supported by a prominent gift from renowned litigator and former James E. „Jim” Butler Jr. In memory of his father, Lieutenant Commander James E. Butler Sr., who was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy. Butler Sr. was also the grandfather of James E. „Jeb” Butler III, who graduated from law school in 2008. More information can be found in the official press release. Finally, the clinic will promote a public service ethic that reflects Abraham Lincoln`s call to care for those who fought and their loved ones.
In addition to individual cases, students work on legislative efforts to create veteran courts in Georgia that will allow veterans accused of crimes to participate in an VA treatment program as an alternative to the traditional criminal justice system. These courts have been successful in balancing necessary medical treatment with community safety. Volunteering with the Emory Volunteer Clinic has given me the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to those who have served our country. I am also able to gain valuable experience with client interaction and legal writing. The clinic provides veterans with legal advice in a variety of civil matters, including family law, landlord-tenant law and debtor-creditor law, but submits to other clinic services regarding release upgrades and VA benefits. Since 1998, the Atlanta VA Medical Center Pro Bono Legal Clinic has provided free legal advice to military personnel at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facility in DeKalb County. For more information on the clinic`s initial scope and mission, see this proposal. The Veterans Volunteer Clinic (VCV) began operations in February 2013. Emory Law`s National Security Law Society, led by Martin Bunt 14L and Rachel Erdman 14L (second-year law students), and its faculty sponsor, Charlie Shanor, decided to explore the possibility of creating a veterans` clinic. The National Security Law Society invited representatives from the Veterans` Benefits Clinic at John Marshall Law School in Chicago to conduct a two-day program focused on their operations. John Marshall provided a three-hour training session on how to process veterans` claims as part of this visit.
After further internal discussions focused on the resources available for Emory Law and the desire to provide students with the best opportunities for pro bono work on veterans` legal affairs, the Emory Law Volunteer Clinic for Veterans was established. Emory offered an extraordinary faculty appointment to Lane Dennard, who distinguished himself at King & Spalding by representing veterans on a pro bono basis and, along with other lawyers in practice, lobbied Georgia to pass veteran court laws. Stewart Williams is Vice President of Operations at The Warrior Alliance and is responsible for the organization`s operational excellence, strategy, finance, administration and technology functions. Mr. Williams has more than two decades of leadership experience serving nonprofits and the Atlanta community. His last position was at the national veterans organization The Mission Continues, where he led the Atlanta chapter before assuming the role of Executive Director for the Southeast Region. Before that, Mr. Williams has also served as vice president of operations for the Metro Atlanta Boys and Girls Club, CEO of the Butler Street YMCA, and associate director of the Annie E. Casey Foundation Atlanta Civic Site. Mr.
Williams is passionate about empowering individuals, organizations and communities in a spirit of collaboration that fosters long-term impact for generations. He is a decorated war veteran in the United States Marine Corps and served his country during Operation Desert Shield/Storm. He graduated from St. Leo College at Hampton University and pursued additional post-secondary education at New York University in nonprofit public administration and management. He is an alumnus of the 2010 Leadership Atlanta class. Lindsay Church is the executive director and co-founder of Minority Veterans of America. She served in the Navy as a Persian-Farsi linguist from 2008 to 2012 as a member of the LGBTQ service under „Don`t Ask, Don`t Tell.” During her tenure, Lindsay attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, before retiring medical in 2012 after complications of surgery. Upon her return to Seattle, Lindsay attended the University of Washington and earned a bachelor`s degree in Islamic studies and a master`s degree in international studies with a specialization in the Middle East. His work began with veterans in 2014 and now includes service to veterans in higher education, traditional veterans` service organizations, through congressional advocacy, and more.
As part of the program, UGA law students will work with veterans and their families to ensure they have access to the services and benefits of Veterans Affairs. Emory Law is the first law school in Georgia and one of the first in the South to open a veterans` clinic. VCV is actively supported by the Military Law/Veterans Section of the Georgian Bar Association and the Military Legal Assistance Program. They work in the clinic`s offices in downtown Athens. Your job will allow you to gain valuable skills: building relationships with clients; Interview; Consultation; assessment of legal affairs; evidence development; advocacy at hearings; Cooperation with law students, lawyers and other professionals; and negotiate. Directed by Alexander W. Scherr, a lawyer and educator over 30 years old, the unit is made up of law students who work directly with veterans and their loved ones to ensure access to benefits and services, especially for people with mental or physical disabilities resulting from their time in the military. Students who participate in the clinic will have a tangible impact on the lives of these veterans and their families, while gaining hands-on experience that will better prepare them for their careers. Send us the completed intake form by email to: email@example.com The Veterans Legal Clinic is available for (increasing) 2L and 3L students in the spring, summer and fall semesters.
Students can repeat the clinic for more than one semester. If you are a low-income veteran living in Georgia who requires legal assistance for a release upgrade or VA disability benefits, please fill out our intake form. Students at the clinic successfully lobbied for the creation of a veterans` court in Georgia, which now operates in 20 judicial districts. Students at the clinic also helped prepare the Guide to the Law on Civil Assistance to Service Members for Judges, published by the Supreme Court Professionalism Commission, to help judges integrate SCRA into Georgian law. To request help at the clinic, contact the clinic directly at 404.727.1044. Consultations are by phone or by appointment. Please call ahead. No walk-in closet accepted. The Emory Law Volunteer Clinic for Veterans assists those who have served our country with legal matters, including disability claims before the Veterans Administration and subsequent appeals. Those seeking help from the Veterans Legal Clinic can call or write to firstname.lastname@example.org (706) 542-6439.