The Thomas Jefferson School of Law Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic provides limited legal assistance, as well as full service legal representation, to the residents and alumni of Veterans Village of San Diego. Veterans Village is a highly successful, residential program that provides housing, substance abuse, mental health, and job training services to formerly homeless veterans who are struggling to regain full participation in society. Areas of concentration include family, consumer and administrative law. Clinic students have primary responsibility for the cases they handle and the clients they represent.
Students are guided in such representation by a faculty member and a clinic fellow. In addition to their casework, students participate in a weekly class meeting. These classes focus on the substantive law relevant to the students’ cases, the lawyering skills necessary to represent their clients effectively, and the ethical and professional issues that confront lawyers engaged in this type of practice.
Also, in collaboration with the San Diego Office of the Primary Public Defender and the Returning Servicemember’s Legal Network, the clinic places two students per semester with criminal defense attorneys who specialize in representing veterans in criminal cases.
For more information, contact Professor Steve Berenson at firstname.lastname@example.org, Director of the Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic.