Veterans Advocacy Project

Veterans Advocacy Project Video

The Veterans Advocacy Project (VAP) at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law pairs individual veterans with teams of Colorado attorneys and Denver Law students.  These teams work primarily on VA Disability Benefit Compensation cases at the regional level and up to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington D.C., and on Discharge Upgrade cases. Students earn 6 credits which include case work and a seminar focusing on issues related to handling these types of cases.

The VAP also assists in the Colorado Bar Association’s (CBA) efforts to assist veterans with other legal needs. The Military and Veterans Affairs Section of the CBA has monthly clinics in Denver and throughout the state in which lawyers meet with veterans to understand their legal needs, and counsel them as appropriate. Much of the work at the clinics is intake and referral to the CBA, so that the CBA can then pair veterans with lawyers who assist the veterans in a variety of cases, e.g., housing, bankruptcy, family law issues.

The VAP accepts students each semester, and selection is via an application process. Students interested in participating in the VAP should email to schedule an appointment to meet with program director Ann Vessels.

VAP online brochure

To learn more about the VAP, please follow these links:

Breach of Honor”, an article by Kasey Cordell in the August 2017 edition of 5280 Magazine.

An Honorable Charge”, an article by Andrew Faught in the Spring 2017 issue of the Denver Law Alumni Magazine.

If you attended the 2018 Veterans Clinic Conference, click here to access the Program Materials.

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