Access to Justice for Veterans Conference

[Registrations close at 5pm Pacific on 11/1/2016] Please join Pepperdine University School of Law for Access to Justice for Veterans: Coordinated Responses of a Grateful Nation on Nov. 3-4, 2016. The conference will address coordinated community responses for veterans’ legal needs and complex intersecting issues. Speakers and conferees will discuss public and private responses in policy and practice, culture and law.  The School of Law invites lawyers, academics, and professionals to participate with speakers representing diverse disciplines and institutions.  Our nation faces a critical moment of reckoning and response to a crisis in veterans’ housing, health, and well-being. Pepperdine hopes that this conference can advance our communities toward restoration and honor for these public servants.

Prominent keynote speakers, multidisciplinary panels, guided networking sessions, and concurrent sessions will address these complex issues and generate ideas for creative collaboration to address veterans. Thursday evening will feature the documentary, Thank You for the Service, and a talk-back session with some of the film-makers.  Enjoy breakfast and lunch with others committed to justice and resources for veterans.

Please see information for registration below.  Scholarships are available.

We look forward to see you at Pepperdine’s campus in Malibu for critical and constructive discussions.


Collaborative responses are critical to ensuring access to justice for veterans. This event will feature discussions of best practices and emerging policies for serving justice in situations involving veterans, as well as an examination of advocacy within and beyond government and public responses. We will provide opportunities for building creative and constructive collaborations among stakeholders and service-providers.


Our audience is diverse, including veterans and veterans advocacy organizations; attorneys, judges, lawmakers, and other professionals involved in justice-involved veterans; government officials, public servants, and policy makers who administer benefits and services to veterans; and academics and advocates studying systemic responses to veterans’ needs and civil rights.

Tentative agenda

Our two day conference will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Nov. 3 and 4.  During those hours we likely will have these elements:

  • Two Keynote Speakers
  • Three Programmed Panels
  • Working Groups
  • Concurrent Sessions
  • Continental breakfasts, lunches and refreshment breaks
  • TBD: Screening of “Thank You for the Service,” with a talk-back session as an alternate event Thursday evening


Our potential topics are diverse, broadly including these topics:  veterans treatment courts, volunteer lawyer programs, clinics, public defenders, medical-legal partnerships, community education, discharge upgrades, military sexual trauma, homelessness, addiction, post-trauma disorders, traumatic brain injuries, suicide, cultural competence, gender equity.


Pepperdine Law One Justice Bus
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
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