First Annual Veterans Law Conference

San Francisco, CA

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The Law Students Veterans Coalition* of Northern California

presents the

First Annual Veterans Law Conference

(CLE Available)



Opening Keynote Address

Welcome by Dean Rachel Van Cleave, GGU Law and Sarah Yohay Eaquinto, GGU Law Representative, LSVC



Col. Maritza Ryan, Department of Law, United States Military Academy, West Point


Veterans Courts Panel

Hon. Cynthia M. Lee (JD 74, Doctor of Laws 01), Presiding Judge, San Francisco Superior Court



Elizabeth Brett, Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist, Veterans Administration San Francisco Medical Center


Kevin Dunleavy, Chief Assistant District Attorney, Alameda County


Gary Solis, Lt. Col. U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), Professor of Law U.S. Military Academy at West Point (Ret.), Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University and George Washington University



Moderator: Katy Tang, Supervisor, City of San Francisco, District 4


Luncheon with Keynote Address

Kyndra Rotunda, Associate Professor and Executive Director of Institute for Military Personnel, Veterans, Human Rights & International Law and AMVETS Legal Clinic, Chapman University; Lecturer, Berkeley Law


Veterans Benefits Panel

Gordon Erspamer, Partner (Ret.), Morrison & Foerster LLP, Veterans Advocate (Introduction and panelist)                                                                               


Dan Devoy (JD 10), Jones & Devoy LLP, Adjunct Professor, GGU Law’s Veterans Law Externship


Edward Fabi, In-House Counsel, Sutter Health, Lt. Col. in the US Airforce JAG Reserves


Claude Hutchison, Jr., Past President, Commonwealth Club, Veteran


Teresa Panepinto, Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares


Mentoring Mixer

Firm attorneys, HR representatives, and JAG attorneys will host small, roundtable conversations to advise law students interested in pursuing military and veterans law. Students are encouraged to bring their CVs for review.

 Conference Sponsors

  • Thomson Reuters (Lead Sponsor)
  • Arnold & Porter LLP 
  • Calvo Fisher & Jacob LLP
  • Bryan Cave LLP 
  • Chevron Corporation 
  • The Clorox Company 
  • Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass, LLP 
  • Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy LLP 
  • Farella Braun + Martel LLP 
  • Fenwick & West LLP 
  • Hanson Bridgett LLP 
  • Keker & Van Nest LLP 
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP 
  • Sedgwick LLP 
  • Shartsis Friese LLP 
  • Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger

 Community Partners

  • Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Bar Association of San Francisco 
  • Equal Justice Works, Veterans Legal Corps
  • The Federalist Society
  • Jones & Devoy LLP
  • National Guard Association of California
  • OneJustice
  • Palo Alto Veterans Administration Healthcare System 
  • San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center
  • Swords to Plowshares

*The Law Students Veterans Coalition of Northern California supports the professional development of its members and facilitates collaboration among members and schools to assist the veterans community. If your school is interested in joining the consortium, you may contact Sarah Yohay Eaquinto at Current members include students from Golden Gate University School of Law, Pacific McGeorge School of Law. Stanford Law School, UC Davis School of Law, UC Hastings College of the Law, and University of San Francisco School of Law. 

You may also join us for the Fifth Annual Chief Justice Ronald M. George Distinguished Lecture: Veterans in the Judiciary the day before this conference on Thursday evening, October 17, 2013. Tickets at