National Law School Veterans Clinic Consortium Sponsors First Law School Clinical Conference & Named a Veteran Service Organization

The NLSVCC welcomed U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, MD; VA General Counsel Byrne; CAVC Judges Davis and Allen, esteemed panelists and speakers, including scholars from national university legal advocacy programs, and veterans advocates from around the nation WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 5, 2018 – The National Law School Veterans Clinic Consortium (Law Schools for Vets) held its first veterans law conference on February 28 and March 1. The conference was designed to promote best practices in pro bono veteran advocacy throughout nationwide law school legal clinics and other veterans legal providers. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin and Veterans Affairs General Counsel James Byrne spoke on the first day of the event, highlighting the continued importance of these law school legal programs and their role in improving veterans’ outcomes. During his remarks, Secretary Shulkin announced that the National Law School Veterans Clinic Consortium was officially recognized as the nation’s 93rd Veterans Service Organization (VSO). Former Representative Jeff Miller, who chaired the U.S. House of Representative’s Veterans’ Affairs Committee from 2011-2017 and now a Senior Legislative Advisor with McDermott Will & Emery, introduced Secretary Shulkin, welcoming him and the participants to his firm’s Washington D.C. office. “We were excited to welcome over 120 participants to this year’s conference. It is the first of what we hope are many future Law Schools for Vets conferences [...]

By | 2018-03-05T15:17:11+00:00 March 5th, 2018|News|

NLSVCC and VA Sign Agreement Supporting Pro Bono Legal Services for Veterans

On Monday, November 13, 2017, the National Law School Veterans Clinic Consortium (NLSVCC), the American Bar Association (ABA), and the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program (TVC), signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This innovative agreement is a joint mission to improve access to legal resources for veterans and their families, increase the number of free legal clinics, including law school veteran clinics, and expand the number of VA hosted medical legal partnerships (MLP).The MOA specifically addresses the need to: (1) establish regularly held free legal clinics in all VA medical centers; (2) improve access to legal services for veterans in rural areas; (3) increase the number of law school clinics serving veterans; (4) encourage VA collaboration with MLPs and law school clinics to address veterans’ medical needs in relation to legal problems; and (5) engage in partnerships with law schools and community organizations to improve the quality of the resources provided. The signing event featured remarks from VA Deputy Secretary Thomas G. Bowman, VA General Counsel Jim Byrne, and the signatory organizations. NLSVCC Board Member Edwin J. Olsen, MD, JD, MBA, signed on behalf of the NLSVCC, and NLSVCC’s pro bono counsel, Chris DeLacy and Doug Dziak, from Holland & Knight attended the ceremony.The not-for-profit NLSVCC was established in 2016 to address the need for increased access [...]

By | 2018-03-05T15:17:11+00:00 November 20th, 2017|News|

The National Law School Veterans Clinic Consortium Unveiled; Provides Best Practices to Legal Clinics, Students on the Front Line for Veterans

Collaboration Cultivates Pro Bono Legal Clinic Programs to Ensure America's Veterans Are Not Navigating the Legal System Alone Law students are often veterans first line of defense at pro bono law school legal clinics across the U.S. Attribution: David Morrill, The Puller Clinic WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – Nov. 11, 2016 – The National Law School Veterans Clinic Consortium (NLSVCC), today, Veterans Day, announced that it has formally launched operations to foster best practices to pro bono veteran advocacy programs at law school legal clinics nationwide. The Consortium aims to establish a long-term collaborative relationship among member institutions to help advance positive systemic change for veteran legal advocacy services such as applying for disability benefits, addressing civil legal needs and assisting in Veteran Treatment Courts. The NLSVCC founding members include the Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic ("The Puller Clinic") at William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Va.; the Veterans Advocacy Clinic at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Fla.; and the Veterans Legal Support Center and Clinic at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Ill. "Veterans make up seven percent of the U.S. population, and research shows that legal support ranks as one of their highest unmet needs. We encourage law school veterans clinics to join the NLSVCC to share best practices and ideas for developing innovative training curricula that [...]

By | 2018-03-05T15:17:11+00:00 November 9th, 2016|News|