Practising Law Institute has once again hosted free Legal curriculum regarding veterans and the law. On November 9, 2011, PLI hosted a seminar regarding veteran issues in criminal law, family law, consumer rights, and job protection.
Last week, I moderated 3 panels regarding Veterans Courts, California Penal Code section 1170.9, alternative sentencing and a final hour offering a brief overview of topics in military and veteran family, employment and consumer law. We were honored to have Judge Manley, a pioneer in veteran treatment courts; Justice Moore, Vietnam veteran and mentor to the Orange County Veteran Court; and Judith Litzenberger, Navy veteran, solo practitioner for military and veterans and coordinator for the San Diego Veteran Treatment Court. Each of whom, offer their expertise and unique perspective in addressing issues facing our newest generation of war veterans.
We were then joined by Tamika Butler of Employment Law Center, Tamika grew up on Army posts where her father served and her mother still works as a civilian employee. Tamika shared her expertise on USERRA, which protects National Guard and Reservists civilian jobs through deployment. And finally Paul Freese of Public Counsel shared their work regarding veterans in the LA area.
It’s a great program and we are very thankful to PLI for making this curriculum available to attorneys and advocates on demand and free of charge.
The curriculum is available in on-demand web segments on their site:
Click here for the seminar page. CLE credit is given for completion.
For more information about veteran legal issues, check out our May 20 PLI training: Advocating for Veterans – the Basics on Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Cultural Competency.
Swords to Plowshares also has Pro Bono opportunities to help veterans.
By Amy N. Fairweather , Director of Policy, Swords to Plowshares