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295.4C sec. 001 - Veterans Law Practicum Seminar (Fall 2020)

Instructor: Olivia Cole  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
Instructor: Rose Goldberg  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only

Due to COVID-19, this class is remote for Fall 2020.
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


Th 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From August 20, 2020
To October 01, 2020

Course Start: August 20, 2020
Course End: October 01, 2020
Class Number: 32627

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 3
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 12
As of: 12/07 09:41 AM

This seminar is the companion to the Veterans Law Practicum Clinic. In this course, students will gain an understanding of substantive veterans law, with a focus on federal benefits and legal remedies available to military sexual assault survivors, veterans with mental health conditions, and veterans who were unlawfully kicked out of the military. Students will also explore and learn how to navigate the byzantine Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense administrative systems. The seminar will cover foundational veterans law doctrines, evidentiary standards, and claims procedures. In addition, the seminar will cover hot topics in veterans law, such as racial disparities in the military justice system, policies affecting LGBTQ veterans, and cutting-edge class actions that seek to protect veterans’ health, economic welfare, and due process rights.

The instructors will schedule the seminar meetings at days and times mutually convenient for students and the instructors.

*All students enrolled in this course must also enroll in the co-requisite course Veterans Law Practicum Clinic.

*Returning Veterans Law Practicum students should contact instructor Rose Carmen Goldberg ( for information about Advanced enrollment.

Due to the nature of this class, some or all of the sessions may not be recorded and posted except as required for accommodation of students with disabilities.

Rose Carmen Goldberg founded a Medical-Legal Partnership for veterans who were unlawfully kicked out of the military consequent to sexual assault, PTSD, and racism. She started the partnership, the first of its kind in the country, as a Skadden Fellow. Currently, Rose works at the Office of the California Attorney General. She practices impact litigation and policy advocacy on behalf of vulnerable populations, with a focus on service members and veterans. She is also leading a lawsuit against the Trump administration on behalf of public servants. Rose has written about veterans issues and sexual assault in prominent outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Slate, and The Hill. Her advocacy has been recognized with numerous awards, including the California Women Lawyers’ Fay Stender Award for humanity and commitment to the underrepresented, and the California Young Lawyers Association’s Jack Berman Award of Achievement for distinguished service to the public. Rose is a graduate of Yale Law School.

Olivia Cole is the Deputy Legal Director at Swords to Plowshares, a community-based non-profit organization that provides wrap-around services to homeless and low-income veterans, including free legal assistance in VA benefits claims and military discharge upgrade applications. As Deputy Legal Director, Olivia represents veterans and helps manage legal services and attorneys. Olivia began her career at Swords to Plowshares as a Skadden Fellow. Her fellowship focused on outreach and legal services tailored to the unique needs of women veterans, with a specialization in trauma-informed representation of military sexual trauma survivors. She has trained thousands of attorneys across the country on veterans law and legal services for women veterans. Prior to her career in veterans law, Olivia advocated for clients in Social Security disability claims and practiced impact litigation related to affordable and fair housing in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a J.D. from Duke University School of Law.

Real-time attendance at the first Zoom class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Veterans Law Practicum (295.4D) is a co-requisite.

Requirements Satisfaction:

Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: (T) Course ends in a final practice trial, arguments, or other presentation (e.g. Powerpoint)
Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest
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