Veterans Clinic Conference

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, February 28

  8:00 AM

Registration & Continental Breakfast

  9:00 AM


  9:15 AM

Opening Remarks by VA General Counsel James Byrne

10:00 – 10:55 AM

CAVC Judge Panel:  Chief Judge Davis and Judge Allen, Moderator: Dave Boelzner, William & Mary

11:00 – 11:55 AM


  • Wrongful Administrative Separations for Personality Disorder and Adjustment Disorder (David Sonenshine and Jenna Goldberg- NVLSP and Dr. Mindy Milstein)
  • Clinic Design for the New and Experienced Clinician (Stacey-Rae Simcox - Stetson Univ,  Ann Vessels- Univ of Denver,  Hillary Wandler – Univ of Montana, and Michael Wishnie – Yale University)
  • Discharge Upgrade Practitioner Issues (Hugh McClean - Univ of Baltimore, Robert Powers- Pres, US Navy Discharge Review Board, Betsy Gwinn- Harvard, James Richardson- formerly Sr. Atty with the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces)

12:00 PM


Key Note Address:  The Honorable David J. Shulkin, Secretary of Veterans Affairs (12:45 – 1:15)


Update on NLSVCC (NLSVCC Board Members)

1:30 – 2:45 PM

VA Reforms – RAMP (Diane Rauber and Glenda Herl– NOVA, Tim Franklin – Univ of Denver, Rick Spataro – NVLSP)

2:50 – 4:05 PM


  • PTSD, Military Veterans & A Lawyer’s Responsibility:  A Trauma Informed perspective (Richard Prebil and Dr. Cecilia M. Cardesa – Military Assistance Project)
  • VBMS and the VA Intranet (Yelena Duterte- Univ of Syracuse, Matthew Wilcut – Deuterman Law Group)
  • C & P Exams: Veterans, Advocates and Examiners Working Together to Improve the Process (Angela Drake-Univ. of Missouri, Dr. Dennis Velez – Veterans Evaluation Services)

4:15 PM

Working with Congressional Offices and Staff  (Moderator: Doug Dziak - Holland & Knight and Panelists from Congressional Offices)

5:30 PM



Thursday, March 1

7:45 AM

Continental Breakfast

7:45 – 8:25 AM

Presentation by Prevail, Legal Case Management Software

  8:30 AM

NLSVCC Annual Membership Meeting

  9:00 – 9:10 AM

Veterans Treatment Courts: 10 Years Later (Kristine Huskey – Univ of Arizona, Stacey-Rae Simcox – Stetson Univ)

  9:15 – 10: 10 AM


  • Fundamentals of Medical Military Retirement (David Sonenshine and Esther Leibfarth – NVLSP)
  • Advocacy Strategies for Service Connection Based on MST (Bernadette Valdellon – NVLSP, Don Christensen -  Protect Our Defenders, Lory Manning – Service Women’s Action Network)

10:15– 11:10 AM


  • Rural Veterans – The Unmet Need (Brian Claus – John Marshall Law School, Jenn Oliva, Univ of West Virginia,  John Erbes – Southern Illinois Univ, Hillary Wandler, Univ of Montana)
  • Veterans and Domestic Violence (Brian Clubb – Battered Women’s Justice Project, Julia Caplan – Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program, VA Maryland Health Care System)
  • Less Than Honorable:  The Legal Aid Response to the Military Discharge Crisis  (RoseMarie Maliekel – Swords to Plowshares and Margaret Kuzma -  Connecticut Veterans Legal Center)

11:15 AM – 12:10 PM


  • Law School Clinics Working with Private Practitioners (Moderator:  Stacey- Rae Simcox- Stetson Univ, Panelists from Private Law Firms)
  • VA Character of Discharge Practice Before Regional Offices (Rose Goldberg – Swords to Plowshares)
  • Representing Veterans in Discharge Upgrade Applications and Equal Protection Issues (Danica Gonzalves – The Veterans consortium,  Mike Shea – Univ of Denver)


12:10 PM



Sturm College of Law
University of Denver
2255 E. Evans Avenue
Denver, CO 80208