Alternative support for veterans: the role of mediation in issues confronting veterans

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Sponsors: John Marshall Law School Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic
Illinois Legal Aid Online
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2009
Time: 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Location: The Chicago Bar Association
321 S. Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL
Speakers: Brian Clauss, Executive Director, Veterans Legal Support Center at the John Marshall Law School
Brian Morris, Staff Attorney, Association for Conflict Resolution-Chicago Chapter
Richard Shewfelt, Former Labor Relations Manager, Federal Aviation Administration

Veterans are often confronted with a variety of personal and legal issues specifically related to their service in the military. Support services are a critical aspect in veterans healthy reentry into civilian life. Chicago is excited to announce our collaboration with John Marshall Law School’s Veterans’ Legal Support Clinic in a mediation program to assist veterans and their families.

In addition to legal support, the Clinic is developing a mediation program which will focus on the issues confronting veterans and their families.  In this presentation we will explore how mediation can benefit them.  The discussion will highlight the issues where mediation can be most effective and how education of the veteran community and the ADR community can promote use of these valuable services.  We will outline the clinic’s process for selection of cases for mediation and how you, a member of the ADR community, may get involved.  The opportunity to become a volunteer mediator for the Clinic will be discussed, including the use of co-mediation to mentor ADR students and new practitioners.  In addition, training requirements specifically related to mediating veterans’ cases and how these can be fulfilled will be discussed. We will also learn about the Ombudsman Program of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) which investigates and recommends resolutions to employment-related complaints by National Guard and Reserve members.

This timely program provides an opportunity for qualified mediators to help our veterans in a valuable way. If you are a new practitioner looking for experience or an established practitioner interested in providing your skills, this is a program you will not want to miss.

For further information on the VLSC please visit:

For further information about ESGR please visit:

Many thanks to: The John Marshall Law School for hosting this Program.


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