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School of Law

Faculty: Professor Hugh B. McClean

Students enrolled in The Bob Parsons Veterans Advocacy Clinic will represent veterans before courts and administrative agencies in diverse civil and veterans benefits matters. Students may also engage in community education, legislative projects and other systemic efforts at law reform. Under the supervision of a faculty member, students are responsible for all aspects of representing clients, including interviewing clients and witnesses, counseling clients, engaging in fact investigation and discovery, drafting documents, negotiating with adversaries, and conducting hearings and trials. Students are expected to devote approximately 20 hours per week to clinic activity, including a three-hour weekly seminar component.

The Bob Parsons Veterans Advocacy Clinic selects cases for their educational and community service value, and students will likely handle a diverse caseload during the semester. Students may practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the Board of Veterans Appeals and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regional offices. Practice areas may include disability compensation and pension claims, discharge upgrades, medical and physical evaluation boards, Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, fully developed claims and veterans treatment courts.

Don Christensen

Donald Christensen , the former chief prosecutor for the U.S. Air Force, was the keynote speaker on Friday, June 5, 2015, at the 7 th Annual Veterans’ Legal Assistance Conference & Training at the University of Baltimore School of Law.

The full-day conference and training event, which featured several speakers and panelists, offered sessions about veterans’ pension benefits, discharge upgrades, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, as well as discussions about progress on dockets and courts for veterans in Maryland.

The clinic was established through The Bob Parsons Veterans Center at the University of Baltimore, which connects students to the many resources available for military and veteran students at the university and offers support and resources in a military-friendly atmosphere.

Prerequisite: Evidence

Co- or prerequisite: Professional Responsibility

Recommended: Trial Advocacy, Administrative Law

Policies and procedures:

The Bob Parsons Veterans Advocacy Clinic selects its students through the lottery process.