Stateside Legal Advisory Board
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
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.
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). 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; 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. Continue here to find out if you are eligible for Pro Bono Program help.
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.
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 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.
A retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Lynch serves as a legal assistance attorney for U.S. Coast Guard members in the Ninth District, based in Cleveland, Ohio. He also has served as a trainer on military law for military legal assistance attorneys and civil legal aid providers on a national and local basis.
Margaret currently serves as Assistant Clinical Professor with Georgia State University College of Law's Health Law Partnership Clinic. Prior to July 2018, she was a co-founder and Executive Director of Connecticut Veterans Legal Center for nine years, as well as a Clinical Visiting Lecturer in Yale Law School's Veterans Legal Services Clinic. Previously, she was an Emerson Fellow at David Rosen and Associates in New Haven and a law clerk to The Honorable Janet C. Hall of the U.S. District Court in Bridgeport, CT. She is a graduate of Cornell University and the New York University School of Law.
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 https://www.womenvetsusa.org/ 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.
Kate directs the Legal Services Program at Swords to Plowshares, which provides free legal assistance to veterans seeking VA benefits and military discharge reviews through direct representation and a robust pro bono program. Kate joined Swords to Plowshares in 2013 and brings significant experience in disability rights works, including direct services, policy advocacy, and community lawyering approaches. Prior to joining Swords, she worked on access to justice issues at an international legal empowerment organization. She holds a juris doctor from Northeastern University School of Law and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the State Bar of California.
Jim is a Vietnam era Army veteran and nationally recognized expert on VA disability benefits who is also editor and webmaster of the popular VA Watchdog website. Jim writes extensively about VA and Social Security disability benefits and fields a steady stream of email questions from veterans around the world in his "Jim's Mailbag" column.
A North Carolina attorney with his own firm, Mr. Sullivan is a nationally recognized expert on important federal law protections for servicemembers and their families and 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 is Chief Counsel in the Division for Legal Services at the American Bar Association. He has been actively involved in support of various ABA initiatives to strengthen legal services for veterans and military personnel, which are detailed here.
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.
Currently Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security, she previously served as Director of the VA Center for Women Veterans and worked at the Rand Corporation. She spent 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.