Veterans Legal Services Clinic (30123) and Fieldwork (30124). 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 currently 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) benefits applications for veterans who have suffered PTSD, sexual assault, 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, and other-than-honorable discharges of service members suffering undiagnosed PTSD; and federal and state regulatory and legislative advocacy concerning veterans' employment issues, criminal justice matters, 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 instructors required. M.J. Wishnie, M.R. Kuzma, M.E. Lado, and A. Wenzloff.
Course Bidding: In addition to listing this clinic among your experiential course selections, you must also submit a statement of interest in the clinic and a copy of your resume by the close of early registration on December 8, at 4:30 p.m. Students who are accepted in the clinic will be enrolled in the fieldwork section as well.
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.