Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament 2014

19th

Tournament is Friday, October 10, 2014!

 

Salt Creek Golf Club (saltcreekgc.com)

525 Hunte Pkwy., Chula Vista, CA 91914

 

Support Our Veterans & TJSL Students

All proceeds from this annual Golf Tournament benefit the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic, in collaboration with Veterans Village of San Diego, and current Thomas Jefferson School of Law students with the New Guaranteed Merit Scholarship Program.

 

 

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Testimonials from Student Clinic Participants:

 

  • Working in the Veterans Law Clinic was important to me because it gave me the opportunity to provide assistance to a very deserving group of people who were down on their luck for various reasons.  I enjoyed the opportunity to work with the Veterans and to hear their stories.  While the scholarship was certainly a nice benefit, the most important and rewarding part of my time in the clinic was getting the chance to work with the Veterans and help them jump the various legal hurdles in their paths to recovery.

     

    I am now working in Washington, DC as an Associate Counsel for the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, which is a part of the Department of Veterans Affairs.  I write for Veterans Law Judges and draft appellate decisions regarding a variety of Veterans benefits issues.  I also travel to the different VA regional offices around the country to assist the Veterans Law Judges in holding personal hearings with Veterans and provide training to the staff at the regional offices regarding changes in the law and trends in the recent decisions coming from the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

     

    – Kristin Haddock ‘08, Board of Veterans’ Appeals

  • My experience as a student in the Veterans Clinic was the highlight of law school. I believe the law should help people. Working with then Clinic Fellow-Ed Neusteter and Professor Steve Berenson I was able to get hands-on legal experience doing things that significantly impacted our clients.

     

    When the opportunity arose for me to take the Clinic Fellow position after graduation, I could not pass it up because I couldn't think of a better attorney to learn under than Steve Berenson who, to me, is the epitome of what the profession should strive for: a lawyer who advocates for their clients in an ethical and civil manner.

     

    – Tiffany Gilmartin ‘10, VLAC Clinic Fellow 2011-2012

  • Working in the Veterans Clinic has probably been the greatest experience in my law school career so far. Growing up in a military family, I have always had spot for the military in my heart. This opportunity has not only allowed me to help those who have served, but it has given me such a rewarding, hands-on learning experience. With having only minimal legal experience prior to working in the clinic, this experience has prepared me to work with a wide variety of clients and has opened up so many doors for me. I would do it all over again without a second thought.

     

    I received a B.A. in Government and International Politics from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia in 2010. I am going into my 3L year with the plan to graduate in December 2012. My first legal experience was working at the San Diego Family Justice Center helping victims of domestic violence get temporary restraining orders the summer after my first year of law school. I just finished an internship with the San Diego County Department of Child Support Services, which I received due to my work with the clinic. I am soon beginning a new internship with the Office of the Primary Public Defender’s Adult Criminal Division.

     

    – Kristen Green 3L, Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic Scholarship Recipient

  • The decision to work in the Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic was a no-brainier for me. I grew up Military, and I saw this as an opportunity to give back to members of my own culture. My experience with the Clinic was legal work mixed with social work, which was deeply rewarding. The ability to give back by itself was reason enough to work in the Clinic – but then the chance to learn how to be a lawyer from Steve Berenson and Becky Neiman was icing on the cake. I cannot imagine two better attorneys to model myself after; I will forever owe them a debt of gratitude.

     

    I plan to work in Public Interest Law after graduation – hopefully at the Public Defender Agency in Alaska, and I know the skills that I developed and honed during my time at the VLAC will further this goal. Working in the VLAC has defiantly been one of the highlights of my legal education, and I cannot recommend this program highly enough!

     

    – Rachel Weckhorst Espejo 3L, Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic Scholarship Recipient

 


 

Tournament Committee:

 

Committee Chair

Brett Goda '11

 

Committee Members

Jeremy Evans '11
Sabrina Green '02
David Gibbs '12
Michael Weiner '09
Sterling Williams '11
Erik Vieira '02

 

For more information contact alumni@tjsl.edu or call (619) 961-4263.