*†Veterans Legal Services Clinic (21630) and Fieldwork (21681). 2 units, graded or credit/fail, at student option, for each part (4 units total). The clinic and fieldwork must be taken simultaneously. There are approximately 250,000 veterans residing in Connecticut, many with acute and unique legal needs related to their military service or return to civilian life. In this clinic, students represent Connecticut veterans in a range of individual litigation and institutional advocacy matters. Pending individual matters include (1) disability benefits applications for veterans who have suffered PTSD, and other injuries, in the first instance, on administrative appeal, and on judicial review of administrative denials; and (2) discharge upgrade applications, on administrative appeal and in U.S. District Court. Students also represent local and national veterans organizations in Freedom of Information Act litigation in U.S. District Court; civil rights litigation arising from sexual assault, other-than-honorable discharges of service members suffering undiagnosed PTSD, and wrongful detention and deportation of immigrant veterans; and federal and state regulatory and legislative advocacy concerning veterans' employment issues, treatment of service members with PTSD, and military sexual assault and rape. The seminar portion is a practice-oriented examination of advocacy on behalf of veterans and of social justice lawyering generally. Enrollment limited. Permission of the instructor required. M. Wishnie, B. Li, M. Middleton, and J.M. Schultz.
Course Bidding: In addition to listing this clinic among experiential course selections, applicants should submit a short statement of interest, and a CV by the close of early registration on December 10, at 4:30 p.m.
Note: Students may not be enrolled in an LSO clinic and any of the following non-LSO clinics in the same semester, whether as a student director, fieldwork-only returning student, continuing student, or otherwise: Education Adequacy Project; Legal Assistance; Prosecution Externship.