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Current Website Advisors

David Addlestone:  A  Vietnam-era judge advocate, public defender, and senior staff attorney with the Lawyers Military Defense Committee in Vietnam, he later directed, or was co-director, of several non-profit organizations specializing in military & veterans law, including the National Veterans Legal Services Program. He has co-authored numerous articles and books on military & veterans law, including the American Veterans and Servicemembers Survival Guide, of which he was the co-manager, co-editor, and contributing writer.

Major Peter Black:  Currently a full-time JAG officer with the US Army National Guard, stationed at Camp Keyes in Augusta Maine, with 20+ years of private bar experience.

David E. Boelzner:  Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic at William & Mary Law School.  Before joining the faculty in February 2016, he was in private law practice in Richmond, Virginia, for the last 12 years specializing in representing veterans in benefits claims.  For a number of years he has been active in the Bar Association for the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and is currently President-Elect.  He writes and presents frequently on veterans law issues.

Judy Donegan: Serves as a staff attorney for The Veterans’ Consortium, a national nonprofit providing free legal services to unrepresented veterans, their families, and caregivers who have filed appeals at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims (CAVC). Judy also assists in recruiting and training attorneys in the field of veterans’ law. She serves as a mentor to new attorneys, law students, and staff. She is working as part of a team conducting case evaluation and placement, striving to ensure no veteran goes unrepresented at the CAVC. As a seasoned veterans’ attorney, Judy has spent the last decade representing U.S. military veterans before the CAVC, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA), and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA). She has been a sustaining member of the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates (NOVA) since 2007, and prior to working in the veterans’ law area, she was involved in general private practice in Michigan. Judy was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1994.

The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program (Pro Bono Program) was established in 1992. Continue here to find out if you are eligible for Pro Bono Program help.

Roy Driver: A Vietnam era veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, Mr. Driver  became the team leader of the first Vet Center in Hartford, CT in 1980; he continued to work within Vet Centers in CT and ME until his retirement in 2013.  A local and national leader on the needs of homeless veterans, Mr. Driver now serves on several advisory boards including Embrace a Vet and the Goodwill Industries Veterans Fund.

Drew Early: A West Point graduate who served in the U.S. Army for 20 years and a cum laude  graduate of Georgia State University's College of Law, Mr. Early's legal practice at Shewmaker & Shewmaker in Atlanta GA focuses on elder law and veterans legal issues.

Lara Eilhardt:  Lara is an attorney with the VA Office of General Counsel in Washington DC, with special responsibility for the growing number of VA medical/legal collaborations around the United States.

Stephen Lynch: A retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Lynch now serves as a legal assistance attorney for U.S. Coast Guard members in the Ninth District of Ohio and as a trainer on military law for military legal assistance attorneys and civil legal aid providers on a national and local basis.

Terry Moore: A retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, Ms. Moore is a forceful advocate for women who serve in the military. Her past service includes chairing the Maine Advisory Commission on Women Veterans  and serving as a member of the VA Center for Women Veterans' Advisory Committee on Women Veterans.  She currently maintains as a national resource.

Sandra Montrose Olivier: An attorney who, until her retirement,  worked for 17 years at the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Jim Strickland:  Jim is a Vietnam era Army veteran and nationally recognized expert on VA disability benefits. Jim writes extensively about VA and Social Security disability benefits. His goal is to educate veterans and their dependents to understand how to work productively with VA. He is the editor and webmaster of the popular VA Watchdog website. Jim fields a steady stream of email questions from veterans around the world in his "Jim's Mailbag" column.

Mark Sullivan: A North Carolina attorney with his own firm, Mr. Sullivan is the author of The Military Divorce Handbook: A Practical Guide to Representing Military Personnel and Their Families and A Judge's Guide to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.

Jason Vail: Jason is Chief Counsel in the Division for Legal Services at the American Bar Association, where he staffs the Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel and the Commission on Veterans Legal Services.

Marshal Willick: Principal of the Willick Law Group, an A/V rated Family Law firm in Las Vegas, Nevada, Mr. Willick practices in trial and appellate family law and is a recognized national expert on military pension matters and other issues related to divorce of service members. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada.

Kayla Williams:  Kayla is the Director of the Center for Women Veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to VA, Ms. Williams spent eight years at the RAND Corporation and five years enlisted in the U.S. Army, including a deployment to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division.  Ms. Williams earned a BA in English Literature from Bowling Green State University and an MA in International Relations from American University

July 2017