Veterans Access to Justice

VA2J Symposium on Veteran Access to Justice

The Center sponsors annual research symposia on access to civil legal services, with the goal of increasing collaboration among researchers, service providers, policy makers, and funders. In 2016, our symposium focused on "what we know and need to know" about veteran access to justice. Speakers analyzed the available data about three types of legal service initiatives — medical-legal partnerships, veteran treatments courts, and veterans legal clinics — and discussed strategies for promoting research and data collection going forward. Below is the symposium agenda and video.

Friday, December 9

USC Alumni Center

8:30–8:40 a.m. — Welcome
Elizabeth Chambliss, Professor of Law and Director, NMRS Center on Professionalism University of South Carolina School of Law
Robert M. Wilcox, Dean, University of South Carolina School of Law
8:40–8:50 a.m. — Opening Remarks
Linda Klein, President, American Bar Association

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9:00–9:50 a.m. — What We Know and Need to Know About Medical-Legal Partnerships
Margaret Middleton, Executive Director, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center and Jack Tsai, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Yale Division of Mental Health Services and Treatment Outcomes Research
Stacey-Rae Simcox, Associate Professor of Legal Skills and Director, Veterans Advocacy Clinic, Stetson University College of Law and Isis V. Marrero, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, University of South Florida
Moderator: Sean Clark, Veterans Justice Outreach Program, Department of Veterans Affairs

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10:00–10:50 a.m. — What We Know and Need to Know About Veterans Treatment Courts
Bessie Flatley, Program Analyst, Veterans Justice Programs, Department of Veterans Affairs
Suzanne Strong, Statistician, Bureau of Justice Statistics
Andrew Culbreath, Deputy Solicitor, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Greenville SC
Mary Vosburgh, Staff Attorney, One80 Place Homeless Justice Project, Charleston SC
Moderator: Silas V. Darden, Director, Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative, Department of Justice

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11:00–11:40 p.m. — Keynote Address
Leigh A. Bradley, General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs

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1:00–1:50 p.m. — What We Know and Need to Know About Veterans Legal Clinics
Patricia Roberts, Director of Clinical Programs and Director, Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits, William & Mary Law School
Daniel Nagin, Vice Dean for Experiential and Clinical Education and Faculty Director, WilmerHale Legal Services Center & Veterans Legal Clinic, Harvard Law School
Norah Cooney Rogers, Pro Bono Coordinator, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough and Ashley Thomas, Staff Attorney, SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center
Moderator: Emily Suski, Assistant Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law

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2:00–3:15 p.m. — Leveraging National Data Collection
Jessica Blue-Howells, Veterans Justice Outreach Program, Department of Veteran Affairs
Jennifer L. Truman, Statistician, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Department of Justice
Nan Heald, Executive Director, Pine Tree Legal Assistance
James J. Sandman, President, Legal Services Corporation
Moderator: Rebecca L. Sandefur, Associate Professor of Sociology and Law, University of Illinois, and Faculty Fellow, American Bar Foundation

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3:20–3:30 p.m. — Closing Remarks
Karen A. Lash, Deputy Director, Office for Access to Justice, Department of Justice

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