Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic

VLSC Publications

Books

Servicemember and Veterans Rights

Servicemember and Veterans Rights is a new book from Lexis Nexis discussing the areas where military service meets civilian law. Edited by Brian Clauss and Joseph Butler of The John Marshall's Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic, Servicemember and Veterans Rights addresses the legal issues of military service and veteran status. Servicemember and Veterans Rights is written in a guidebook format that is practical and incisive - providing practitioners with an overview of the relevant laws and regulations affecting active duty, reserve and veterans.

Newsletter

The Veterans & Servicemembers Law Bulletin

The Veterans & Servicemembers Law Bulletin is a new online publication by the John Marshall Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic. The Veterans & Servicemembers Law Bulletin features updates on the law and the Veterans Clinic, as well as a collection of scholarly student articles.

Legal Briefs

Amici Curiae in Support of Petitioner (VLSC & Chicago School of Professional Psychology)

Snyder v. Phelps, 2010 WL 2224731 (U.S., Jun. 1, 2010)
The Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic (VLSC), along with Chicago School of Professional Psychology (CSOPP), filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Albert Snyder in the case of Snyder v. Phelps. The VLSC/CSOPP brief focuses on the psychological differences between grieving families of soldiers who are killed in combat versus non-military grieving families, and explains the history behind offering the military families military funerals for their lost loved ones, giving the deceased special honor upon their burial.

Amici Curiae in Support of Petitioner (VLSC; Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic, Thomas Jefferson School of Law; Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic, College of William & Mary; and Michael Wishnie)

Witt v. United States of America, 2011 WL 493957 (U.S., Feb. 9, 2011)
The VLSC, along with several law school clinics and a clinical professor, filed an amicus brief on a Petition for Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Alexis Witt, on behalf of the Estate of Dean Witt, deceased, in the case of Witt v. U.S. Ms. Witt is the widow of Air Force staff sergeant Dean Witt, who died at David Grant Medical, Travis Air Force Base, Fairfield, CA. The 25-year old service member’s airway closed following an appendectomy and the medical staff used pediatric equipment in a failed attempt to revive him. Witt’s widow was barred from prosecuting a suit for malpractice under the Federal Tort Claims Act by the Feres Doctrine. The Feres Doctrine prevents FTCA suits which arise incident to military service. The amicus brief argues that veterans benefits are not delivered swiftly and efficiently, a stated rationale in support of the Feres Doctrine.
» Read the Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioner

Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioners (VLSC; Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic, Thomas Jefferson School of Law; Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic, College of William & Mary; Veterans Benefits Clinic, Widener Law School; and Veterans Law Clinic, North Carolina Central University School of Law)

Cardner v. Continental Airlines, Inc., (U.S., Oct. 3, 2011)
The VLSC, along with several law school clinics, filed an amicus brief on a Petition for Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the servicemember plaintiffs in the case of Carder v. Continental Airlines, Inc. The U.S. Court of Appeals for 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.
» Read the Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioners

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