Who We Are

Veterans' Advocacy Law Clinic Staff

Director

Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic Director Kristine HuskeyKristine Huskey is a professor and the director of the Veterans’ Advocacy Law Clinic (VALC). She joined the College of Law in 2013. She has taught at Georgetown Law Center, American University, and the University of Texas, among other law schools, and was a litigator with Shearman & Sterling in Washington D.C. for eight years. She has litigated before the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal courts. In addition to teaching clinical legal education, Professor Huskey also teaches national security law and law of armed conflict. She received her B.A. from Columbia University and her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. Kristine’s parents are veterans, and both of her grandfathers served during World War II, something that makes this mission personal for her as well.

Law Fellow

Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic fellow Lori LewiLori Lewis is the VALC Clinic fellow, assisting in the supervision of law students and teaching. She worked for the City of Tucson Attorney’s Office Criminal Division as a Senior Prosecutor, where she supervised prosecutors in the Regional Municipalities Veterans Treatment Court since its inception in 2009. She graduated from Wellesley College and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU. Her husband served in the U.S. Army Armored Cavalry, leaving at the rank of Major to attend law school. Lori’s father was Navy ROTC at Brown and served in the Army as a medic during the Korean War.

Legal Nurse Consultant

Susan Modzelewski worked as a registered nurse for 40 years, focusing on staff development and facility compliance with state and federal law. Susan obtained her certificate as a paralegal from Naugatuck Valley Community College and as a legal nurse consultant from Post University. Her father served in the Army, and her uncle fought in the Marine Corps during WWII. She also has direct ancestors who fought in every U.S. war and conflict since the King Philip's War in 1675.

Administrative Associate

Gloria Klinicki is a University of Arizona alumna with a bachelor's degree in business administration. She has worked as an accountant, a substitute teacher, and, more recently, an administrative assistant at a local high school. She joined the College of Law's staff as the clinic administrator in fall 2012. Gloria provides invaluable assistance to students, professors, and clients by screening and referring callers, scheduling appointments, reserving rooms, and surmounting logistical challenges.

Affiliated Attorneys

Ivan Abrams is a Tucson lawyer whose practice is focused on criminal defense, family law, and general litigation. Ivan earned his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and received his LLM in International Trade Law from the University of Arizona. He served for three years as a homicide prosecutor in Pittsburgh, and then spent eight years as federal prosecutor in various cities. Ivan worked abroad as a project director and chief of party for USAID's rule-of-law, anti-corruption, and diplomatic training programs in the former USSR, Kosovo, Bulgaria, and Afghanistan. He served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve as a member of the Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAGC). He is currently active in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He volunteers as a mentor and advisor to the students in the VALC.
 
Charles “Sandy” Mishkind is Of Counsel at Miller Canfield and has specialized in labor, employment, and benefits matters and litigation for over 40 years. He was selected as one of the World’s Top 25 Lawyers in labor and employment law by the Guide to the World’s leading Labour and Employment Lawyers in 2007. He is also a charter fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Council. Sandy assists VALC students with cases relating to benefits before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, as well as on other federal litigation.

Joel Parris works in veterans treatment courts, supervising VALC students. After earning his J.D. from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1992, Joel served as an assistant federal public defender for 20 years. He has represented a vast spectrum of criminal defendants, including many enlisted service members and veterans. Before joining the VALC, Joel worked to implement a veteran’s court project in federal court, and presented training seminars to help lawyers provide better representation for veterans in the justice system.

Matthew Randle works in local veterans treatment courts and on discharge upgrade cases, supervising VALC students. He is also a part-time professor of practice at Arizona Law, co-teaching an undergraduate law class. Matthew was the post-graduate vlinic fellow for the VALC from July 2014 to July 2015. Matthew is also an Arizona Law alumnus. Before law school, Matthew was the director of the Veterans Education & Transition Services at the University of Arizona. He has been a member of the Veteran Advisory Council for three U.S. Representatives. Matthew served in the United States Army from 1998 to 2003 and was the co-founder of the University of Arizona VETS Program. He was also the chief of staff for Student Veterans of America.

Barbara Sattler is a retired Pima County Superior Court Judge and Tucson City Court Magistrate. Prior to being a judge, she was a criminal defense attorney for 17 years, including five years at the Pima County Public Defender’s Office. She was on the committee that conceived and implemented what is now the Regional Municipalities Veterans Treatment Court in Tucson and served as a supervising attorney at the court for three years. She is currently a board member of The Haven, (a women’s drug rehabilitation treatment facility), and the Citizen Police Advisory Review Board. She has written two novels about the criminal justice system and is working on a third. Her father was a decorated World War II veteran.

In Memoriam

Ernest ‘Skip’ Skinner graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1969. He served in the Air Force primarily as a fighter pilot in the A-10. He retired in 1997 and entered Arizona Law in 1999. Following graduation he served as a law clerk for the Hon. John Roll and prosecuted as a deputy Pima County attorney. For several years, Skip supervised VALC students in the Regional Municipal Veterans Treatment Court.