On Friday, June 1, 2018, UB hosted the 10th Annual Veterans’ Legal Assistance Conference & Training. The amazing lineup of speakers kept the discussion lively for the 125 participants interested in serving the nearly 380,000 Marylanders who have served in the Armed Forces. The program included VA Benefits 101 Training, Veterans Treatment Court Mentor Training, Know-Your-Rights briefings, and panels discussing discharge upgrades, veterans resources, and family law. Mr. JR Tillery, Deputy Director of the Army Review Board Agency, provided the keynote address and discussed the impact of military discharges on veterans and his organization’s role in supporting veterans. Ms. Jill Brown-Williams, a Coast Guard veteran and Board Member of the Homeless Persons Representation Project, shared her personal story during the luncheon about her transition from military to civilian life and and the struggles she endured.
Pictured above: (left) Judge Jonathan Newell and Delegate Jeffrey Ghrist awarded 1963 US Naval Academy alumnus Joseph Allegretti a Governor’s Citation for his outstanding work with Judge Newell’s Veteran Treatment Docket.
(right) James Richardson (planning committee/private practice), Sharon Goldsmith (Exec Director PBRC), Kathleen Skullney (private practice).
A dedicated group of planners and sponsors helped make the program possible:
Sponsors: The Bob Parsons Veterans Advocacy Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law
Elder Law & Disability Rights Section of the Maryland State Bar Association
Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
Veterans’ Affairs & Military Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association
Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program
Young Lawyers Section of the Maryland State Bar Association
Conference Organizers: Homeless Persons Representation Project, Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, The Bob Parsons Veterans Advocacy Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law, Veterans & Military Law Section of the Federal Bar Association, Veterans’ Affairs & Military Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association