Stepping up Justice for Veterans as They Stand Down

Monday August 02

  • By: American Bar Association
  • Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Time Zone: Pacific Time (US & Canada)
  • CLE Credit
  • Location:
    Presidential CLE Centre
    Moscone Center West
    Room 3006, 3rd Floor
    San Francisco, CA
  • Contact:
    Amy E. Horton-Newell
  • Source: CALegalAdvocates (Decommissioned) >

This 90-minute free CLE will examine emerging best practices such as Veteran Treatment Courts designed to help reduce criminal recidivism among current and future veterans while assisting them in obtaining supervised therapeutic treatment. The VA recently signaled its enthusiastic support of this remarkable court model by designating 153 Veterans Justice Outreach workers at V.A. hospitals to coordinate with local courts to help divert veterans with PTSD, TBI, or other clinical needs from jails or prison. Recognizing this effort's enormous potential, the ABA developed policy promoting Veterans Treatment Courts based upon emerging best practices, and this CLE will provide the tools that lawyers and judges will need in order to implement this model effectively in their jurisdictions. We will examine the full range of offenses that these courts are addressing and discuss the courts' experiences with balancing public safety with helping veterans receive therapy and support in community based settings. Panelists will also highlight model pro bono programs aimed at assisting veterans to obtain benefits as well as child support modifications, including an exciting national pilot project recently launched by the ABA, the VA and the Office of Child Support Enforcement aimed at addressing arrears which often serve as barriers to employment and housing.

Judge Stephen Manley, Veterans Treatment Court, San Jose, CA

Sean Clark, US Department of Veterans Affairs, National Coordinator, Veterans Justice Outreach, Washington, DC

Brian Clubb, National Association of Drug Court Professionals, Alexandria, VA

Antonia Fasanelli, Homeless Persons Representation Project, Baltimore, MD

Paul Freese, Public Counsel, Los Angeles, CA

ara Sommarstrom, Minnesota Justice Foundation, Minneapolis, MN

  • CLE Credit Comments: Free 90 minutes of CLE