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.
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.
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.
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.
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
UNC, Luckey also will visit the ROTC Armory.
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.
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.”
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