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Legal Briefs

Amicus Brief in Jorge Ortiz v. United States (2015)
The VLSC filed an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in support of the plaintiff’s petition for writ of certiorari. The petition seeks review of an Eleventh Circuit decision extending the Feres doctrine to bar a birth injury suit on behalf of the injured child of a military mother. Under the Eleventh Circuit analysis, a birth injury claim by the child of a military mother is barred, but a birth injury claim of the child of a military father would not be barred. Over a dozen other veterans clinics and clinical professors joined our brief.

Amicus Brief in People of the State of Illinois v. Wendell Frazier (2015)
The VLSC filed an amicus brief in the Circuit Court of Cook County in support of the defense motion to introduce psychiatric evidence of post traumatic stress disorder in an attempt murder case where the defense asserted a claim of self defense.

Amicus Brief in Carder v. Continental Airlines, Inc. (2011)
The VLSC filed an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in support of a Petition for Writ of Certiorari on behalf of the servicemember plaintiffs. The Fifth Circuit held that the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act did not contain a remedy for hostile work environment claims as a result of discrimination based on military service. The brief argued that, contrary to the Fifth Circuit’s contention, harassment of members of the military in the workplace is a social problem in need of a remedy. Six other veterans clinics and clinical professors joined our brief.

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Amicus Brief in Witt v. United States of America (2011)
The VLSC filed an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in support of a Petition for Writ of Certiorari on behalf of the deceased servicemember. The suit alleged malpractice and sought relief under the Federal Tort Claims. The Appellate Court dismissed the suit citing the Feres Doctrine bar to claims which arise incident to military service. Five veterans clinics and clinical professors joined our brief.

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Amicus brief in Snyder v. Phelps (2010)
The VLSC filed an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in support of a Petition for Writ of Certiorari on behalf of the family of a deceased servicemember. The brief discussed the the psychological differences between grieving families of soldiers who are killed in combat versus non-military grieving families. Certiorari was granted. Brief filed with the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

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