Disability Rights Project

The Disability Rights Project (DRP) at Berkeley Law advocates for people with disabilities. For the 2020-2021 school year, DRP is partnered with Swords to Plowshares, a non-profit focused on providing assistance to veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. Student participants in the Disability Rights Project will hone their legal research and writing skills by creating and updating self-help guides on various legal issues specific to VA benefits and military discharge upgrades for veterans. These self-help guides aim to give veterans the information they need to understand these processes and advocate for themselves. Swords distributes these guides to veterans and makes them available for the public on the Swords to Plowshares website.

The typical audience for these guides will be former service members of varying demographics. It’s important that our self-help guides are easy to read, accurate, concise, and accessible to the entire veteran population. Students participating in DRP will thus engage in research about discrete laws that apply to veterans and benefits, break these complex laws into understandable terms, and write concise yet informative and clear guides about the laws. The ability to break complex language into layman’s terms is an essential skill for lawyers to be able to effectively communicate with their clients and be strong advocates. 

The easier these guides are to read and use, the more veterans that Swords to Plowshares and DRP will be able to help! 

Supervision: Students in DRP will be under the supervision of attorneys at Swords to Plowshares.

Time Commitment: The time commitment is approximately 3 hours per week. The end goal is that the written guide is completed, reviewed, and finalized – that may take more or less time for participants, but should not require a commitment greater than 3 hours per week. 

For more information, please contact drp@berkeley.edu.