295.4D sec. 001 - Veterans Law Practicum (Fall 2022)
Instructor: Rose Goldberg (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person
Course End: December 07, 2022
Enroll Limit: 6
As of: 02/17 06:39 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. Students in the Veterans Law Practicum will fight these injustices through targeted advocacy projects.
The Practicum prioritizes advocacy on behalf of vulnerable veterans, including sexual assault survivors, and veterans suffering from homelessness, criminal-legal system involvement, and mental health conditions. Each year's Practicum projects are designed to respond to the needs of the veterans community. In the past, Practicum students have worked to correct the discharge statuses of local veterans unlawfully kicked out of the military consequent to experiencing sexual assault and discrimination, and to secure VA disability benefits for veterans with mental health conditions stemming from their service.
Students will learn essential social justice lawyering skills. Depending on project needs, students may engage in client and witness interviews, legal research, drafting memos and briefs, developing medical evidence, and working with medical experts. Some semesters may center on policy and media advocacy. Students will work on Practicum projects in teams.
Practicum meetings will be scheduled at days and times mutually convenient for students and the instructor.
*All students enrolled in this course must also enroll in the co-requisite course: 295.4C Veterans Law Practicum Seminar.
Participation in the Practicum is by application. (Only one application is required for both the Seminar and Practicum components.) Please complete the application at this link: https://forms.gle/q4UADBPR9Puxdo1g6
The priority application deadline is April 11, 2022. The second round application deadline is April 26, 2022. Applications submitted after ***April 26, 2022*** will be considered on a rolling basis if space permits. If you have any questions about the application process please email instructor Rose Carmen Goldberg: firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about the Veterans Law Practicum is available here: https://www.law.berkeley.edu/experiential/veterans-law-practicum/
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 led a successful lawsuit against the federal 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, the California Department of Veterans Affairs' Women Veterans Advocates Award, 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.
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: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Race and Law
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