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Law College Offers CLE Workshop on Vets as Clients, April 22, 2011

Faculty and students at the College of Law, along with representatives of veterans’ groups, will host a continuing legal education program designed to improve service to Arizona’s veterans. The workshop will focus on how to work effectively with veterans in a range of legal contexts, not merely service-related matters.

Vets as Clients: What Lawyers Should Know

Date:  Thursday, April 21
Time:  3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location:  James E. Rogers College of Law, Room 164, 1201 E. Speedway, Tucson, AZ 85721
Cost:  $55.00 (proceeds benefit Arizona Coalition for Military Families and Rogers Law Vets, a group of law student veterans.)
Registration link:

This activity may qualify for up to 3 hours (including 1 hour of professional responsibility) toward the annual Arizona CLE requirement.

The workshop is a part of a larger ongoing effort by law-student veterans and faculty members to address the needs of returning war veterans in Southern Arizona. Last year, a small group of law students, faculty, and alumni launched one of the country’s first Vet Courts, which connects veterans with neeed human services and offers diversion opportunities for certain charges.

Professor Kenney Hegland wants to see veteran support go beyond Vet Court, however, by preparing lawyers to work with veterans in all types of legal settings. “If a veteran walks into to your office on a P.I. case, or seeks advice on starting a business,” Hegland asks, “what should you know that might make him or her not like your traditional civilian client? What have they lived through?”

The program will begin with short videos of actual combat operations. Two local mental health professionals, who work extensively with returning vets, will discuss the psychological pressures of re-entry into civilian life, including PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), which are, fortunately, less frequent than often thought. Several veterans will speak about what their war experiences, and a military wife will discuss how deployment impacts family life. Finally, Professor Paul Bennett, with other panelists, will explore various ethical considerations for lawyers representing veteran clients.

Registration is requested. For more information, contact Professor Kenney Hegland at