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. This presentation explores how mediation can benefit them. The discussion highlights 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 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 are discussed. We 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.
For further information on the VLSC please visit: www.jmls.edu/veteran
For further information about ESGR please visit: www.esgr.org
Brian Clauss, Executive Director, Veterans Legal Support Center at the John Marshall Law SchoolBrian Morris, Staff Attorney, Association for Conflict Resolution-Chicago ChapterRichard Shewfelt, Former Labor Relations Manager, Federal Aviation Administration