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Alumni CLE Series: Veterans Issues-Obstacles for Those Who Served
Start Date: 9/19/2019Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Date: 9/19/2019End Time: 8:00 PM
Event Description:

CLE 6-7pm
Reception 7-8pm

Description

Veterans face a number of challenges upon reentry to civilian life, and many of those challenges have legal ramifications- in particular consumer debt, family law issues, housing, and employment struggles. This panel will address those issues as well as some of the specific responses to veterans’ issues in the law, such as discharge upgrades and veterans’ courts. In exploring the issues veterans contend with and the resources available to them, the panelists will also discuss prejudice against veterans in the legal profession and in the administration of justice. 

 

Panelists:

 

Virgil Bradley

 

Virgil Bradley is a fourteen-year combat veteran of the U.S. Military and focuses primarily on veterans legal issues in family law. However, he does not limit his practice to veterans. Virgil also has experience in the appellate courts, mostly with criminal appeals and family law. Virgil’s appellate experience includes appeals to the Minnesota Court of Appeals, the Minnesota Supreme Court, and the United States Supreme Court. His appeals have included DUI’s, habeas corpus, and homicide. Virgil graduated from the University of Phoenix, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and has an education in Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Navy. Virgil graduated cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law with a Juris Doctor in May 2011. Virgil was one of the founders of Minnesota Veterans Legal Assistance (MNVLA). MNVLA is a non-profit organization that finds low cost or pro bono legal services for veterans.

 

John Degnan

 

John regularly represents clients in business disputes, as well as members of the legal and medical communities in professional matters. He has more than 40 years of experience handling medical malpractice claims, prescription drug and pharmacy matters, products liability and issues relating to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) and the federal False Claims Act. John has also represented clients with electronic medical records (EMR) issues and has experience with HIPAA and HITECH. He is frequently chosen as a mediator and arbitrator in business disputes and employment, commercial and injury cases.

 

 

 

Hon. Carolina Lamas

 

Judge Carolina A. Lamas is a District Court Judge in the Fourth Judicial District of Minnesota (Hennepin County) chambered in Minneapolis. Judge Lamas has been presiding over Veterans Treatment Court, Mental Health Treatment Court, and Rule 20 competency hearings since 2017 and was previously assigned on the criminal felony block. Prior to her time on the bench, Judge Lamas was the Executive Director and Lead Attorney of the Neighborhood Justice Center in St. Paul, a non-profit criminal defense firm focusing services on communities of color and other underserved populations (2007 – 1014); and was an Assistant Public Defender is Ramsey County, Minnesota (2003 – 2007). Judge Lamas is a past Vice President of the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, and past President of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association. Judge Lamas earned her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Minnesota.

 

Brian Schenk

 

Mr. Schenk is the founder of Midwest Military & Veterans Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He has devoted more than a decade of his life to helping current and former military members of all branches reach their legal goals.  He has worked on numerous cases, in nearly every military-related subject area, at every level.  He has particular expertise in discharge upgrades and matters before the boards for correction of military records.  Further, his distinction as an expert in the nuanced field of judicial review of military decisions gives his clients a unique advantage. 

 

Sara Sommarstrom

 

Sara Sommarstrom serves as the Vetlaw Director for the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, working with attorneys and non-lawyers across the state of Minnesota to remove and reduce legal barriers to stability for veterans experiencing homelessness and other life crises. Sara is a past member of the ABA Veterans Legal Services Initiative, past co-chair of the ABA Coordinating Committee on Veterans Benefits and Services, continues to serve as a liaison to the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, and is an active member of several state and local bar association committees. Ms. Sommarstrom was honored to receive recognition as a 2014 Unsung Hero from the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans for her work addressing legal barriers to housing and employment stability for homeless veterans.

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Location Information:
Mitchell Hamline School of Law - *Main Campus  (View Map)
875 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105
Phone: 651-227-9171
Room: Auditorium (245)
Contact Information:
Name: Allison Burke
Email: allison.burke@mitchellhamline.edu

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