On Monday, November 12th, in honor of Veterans Day, Associate Professor and Veterans Law Clinic Director Justin G. Holbrook discussed JAG careers with students as part of the Pizza with the Professors series.
“There are many ways to serve your community. The greatest joys come from selfless service. For me, that is what life is about,” Associate Professor and Veterans Law Clinic
Director Justin G. Holbrook
told an audience of students on the afternoon of Monday, November 12th in the student lounge off Main Street as he spoke about JAG career opportunities and some of his own service experiences as an Air Force JAG during a Pizza with the Professors event in honor of Veterans Day.
A November 12th report by WTXF-TV Fox 29 reporter Claudia Gomez
highlighted the service that Holbrook and the student and attorney volunteers at the Veterans Law Clinic are doing on behalf of Delaware Valley veterans fighting to receive benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Gomez’s report featured interviews with Holbrook, second-year student and Marine veteran Judd Smith, third-year student Erica Sharp, and clinic client Beverly Waters, whose husband, Navy veteran Lloyd Waters, became a paraplegic following a botched surgery at a VA hospital. Waters recently received compensation with help from the clinic.
"It shouldn't take a lawyer six years to navigate a client through this system in order to get them the benefits that we as a country have promised them," Holbrook told Gomez.
Holbrook’s talk on the 12th offered a clear picture of the sacrifice that veterans make in service to the country, and though the talk did not focus on the work of the clinic, it did demonstrate how important it is to give back to veterans. “It is really important to find a way to connect with your family,” Holbrook said of his own deployment experience before talking generally about that obstacle and noting, “but people do it, and they do it every day.”
In addition to sharing some of his own personal experiences as a JAG officer during the talk, Professor Holbrook discussed some of the many opportunities available to JAG officers as well as the different types of legal work they get to perform from criminal to administrative to operational law.
The Widener Law community salutes veterans and thanks the staff and students of the Veterans Law Clinic for their zealous advocacy on behalf of Delaware Valley veterans in need!