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295.4C sec. 001 - Veterans' Law Practicum Seminar (Spring 2021)
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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Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction
M 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
From January 25, 2021
To March 15, 2021
Course End: March 15, 2021
Class Number (1Ls): 32073
Class Number: 32073
Enroll Limit: 12
As of: 05/08 05:45 AM
The U.S. military is at the center of some of the most important social justice issues of our time: sexual assault, racism, and discrimination against LGBTQ individuals. In this course, students will learn about the impact of these and other issues on affected servicemembers and veterans.
Specifically, 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 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, as well as current hot topics in veterans law.
*Students interested in applying the knowledge gained in the Seminar to representation of veteran clients may (but are not required to) also enroll in LAW 295.4D Veterans Law Practicum. The Practicum is not open to 1L students, but they will have the opportunity to enroll in the practicum in a future semester.
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.
Due to the nature of this class, real-time attendance is required (without an alternative way to earn equivalent credit) except in cases of illness or emergency.
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 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.
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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