Veterans Advocacy Legal Organization Hosts Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, Offers CLE Symposium

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An upcoming campus talk by the Army Reserve chief and a Festival of Legal Learning symposium will support the education and outreach goals of the Veterans Advocacy Legal Organization (VALOR) at UNC School of Law.

VALOR began coordinating the visit by Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, chief of the U.S. Army Reserve and commanding general of the Army Reserve Command last October. His talk, part of VALOR’s speaker series, will be at noon Feb. 14 in room 5042 and will include lunch. Luckey’s address and a coffee hour at 11 a.m. in the Marion A. Cowell Boardroom are open to Carolina Law students, faculty and staff.

On Feb. 10, 1:30-6 p.m., VALOR and Carolina Law will co-sponsor a veterans’ symposium with four sessions on timely issues at UNC’s annual Festival of Legal Learning, which is free for students.  

Lt. Gen. Luckey is a partner with the law firm Blanco Tackabery & Matamoros in Winston-Salem. Luckey’s wife, Julie, is also a lawyer and is a 1990 graduate of Carolina Law.

“Lt. Gen. Luckey’s demonstration of excelling in his legal profession while still prioritizing service to his community and country will help inspire our future lawyers and leaders at UNC,” VALOR president Rachel Jennings 3L says. “We sincerely hope that exposure to our service members’ selflessness encourages others to either join the ranks themselves, directly support those who have, or transfer that spirit of selflessness to another worthy cause.”

Luckey, a former Army judge advocate who began his military career as an infantry officer, served three combat tours over the years. Now he leads a force of more than 200,000 soldiers and civilians around the world. He has headquarters at both Fort Bragg, N.C., and Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

While at UNC, Luckey also will visit the ROTC Armory.

In another VALOR initiative to raise awareness, the veterans’ symposium at the Festival of Legal Learning will include sessions on recent state and federal laws and programs that affect veterans, how certain constitutional provisions apply to veterans, and Veterans Treatment Courts, which often involve veterans with issues that stem from traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress.

A fourth session will address relevant issues for lawyers when they represent veterans. Among the panelists will be Jessica Marsden, an Equal Justice Works Fellow who supervises Carolina Law’s Veterans Legal Assistance Project. The project, which began this semester, helps clients with civil matters related to military service.

Rachel Jennings 3L

“VALOR hopes the symposium will increase awareness of the issues veterans face, the ways lawyers can serve veterans through the law, and the differences between the military and civilian justice systems,” Jennings says. “We hope to encourage lawyers to use their positions to support veterans across the state, both by providing individual legal representation to veterans in need and by furthering broader initiatives that benefit veterans, including promoting Veterans Treatment Courts and lobbying for legislation that positively affects veterans.”

VALOR, established at UNC in 2014, has about 100 members who are military-affiliated students and supporters. The organization provides pro bono legal services to area veterans, in addition to its other initiatives.

-February 8, 2017

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