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Veterans' and Servicemembers' Rights Clinic also known as Veterans Legal Advocacy Clinic

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $100,000)

The Congressionally Recommended Awards Program, authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects recommended by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-117, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 2010 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY2010 Department of Justice Appropriations Act.

The Touro College Jacob D. Fuschberg Law Center is recommended for $100,000 in funding for the Veterans Legal Advocacy Clinic. A Veterans and Servicemembers Rights Clinic will enable Touro Law students to provide much-needed legal help to military veterans while training the graduates for ethical and high-quality representation in both civil and criminal matters that most directly affect the lives of veterans, especially returning servicemembers.

In the second phase of the clinic's development, students will represent veterans on misdemeanor criminal matters. One important project of the clinic will be to advocate for the establishment of a veterans part in our local counties and to develop tools, including the bail screening process to identify veterans whose cases could be referred to that part.


Date Created: September 6, 2010