The Veterans' Advocacy Law Clinic at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law provides students the opportunity to assist current and former military service members with legal issues, including representing these individuals before local Veterans Courts and on administrative cases, as well as work on policy issues relating to military service.
There are more than 150,000 veterans in Southern Arizona, and Tucson is home to the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, an active U.S. military installation assigned to the Twelfth Air Force and part of the Air Combat Command. The Veterans' Advocacy Law Clinic is a hybrid, multi-disciplinary legal clinic that provides pro bono legal services to those who have served, and their families and communities.
Veterans Courts: Our clinic represents veterans in the AZ Regional Military Veterans Treatment Court and in the Pima County Justice Court Veterans Court. Our clients have included veterans from all eras, all branches, active duty, National Guard and reserve components.
Discharge Upgrade Assistance: The clinic works on selected discharge upgrade cases in conjunction with local attorneys and veterans service organizations. These cases seek to assist veterans who were discharged with a status below honorable challenge and change the discharge status so that they may gain access to VA and educational benefits.
Benefits: The clinic works on benefits cases, such as those before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, in order to help veterans obtain benefits to which they are entitled based upon length of time, character of service, and percentage of disability. Such benefits may include health, disability, and education.
Policy Work & Community Outreach: Our clinic students also help change or address varying policy concerns as they relate to veterans. This includes, but is not limited to, hosting the Veterans Court Southwest Symposium and Workshop, advocacy work on behalf of veterans, and interaction with the community in varying forums.