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March 3 - William & Mary announced that the Puller Clinic is slated to receive $245,000 in funding from the Commonwealth of Virginia in FY2015/16 through the state budget passed by the Virginia General Assembly last week. This legislation is before Governor McAuliffe for his approval. Read the press release. Read the Daily Press story.


November 11 - Wallethub.com interviewed Visiting Professor of Practice Aniela Szmanski for the article titled "The Best and Worst Cities for Veterans."  Her interview was cited in a November 13 Huffington Post story about how the city of Chicago fared in the WalletHub rankings. Read the story.

August 13 - The Augusta Free Press mentioned the work of the Puller Clinic in a story titled "ABA Urges Law Schools to Create Veterans Legal Clinics Based on Virginia Model."

August 13 - The Puller Clinic was referenced in a Daily Press story titled "Warner's Push for Expanding Veterans Legal Clinics Gains Ally: ABA Urges All Law Schools to Create Clinics to Help Veterans.

June 17 - In a video interview with Defense News, Senator Mark Warner discussed innovation solutions to problems facing the Department of Veterans Affairs and took note of the Puller Clinic. Watch the video.

May 28 - The Daily Press featured the clinic in a story titled "William & Mary Veterans Clinic Turning Heads in D.C."

May 27 - WVEC.com (ABC, Channel 13) aired a story titled "William & Mary Law Students Help Vets Claim Benefits."

May 23 - The Law School issued a press release titled "William & Mary Law School Applauds Advancement of Legislation to Increase Support for Law School Clinics Serving Veterans."

April 8 - Professor Patricia Roberts, director of Clinical Programs, was quoted in a W&M story about the first National Conference on Law Clinics Serving Veterans, hosted by the Law School, in Washington, D.C., on April 3-4.  Read the story.

April 3- 17 - A number of print and on-line newspapers published stories following the first National Conference on Law Clinics Serving Veterans. They include: The Daily Press (read the story); The Flat Hat (W&M student newspaper) (read the story); Richmond Times-Dispatch (read the story); WYDaily.com (read the story).

March 27 - Joelle Laszlo J.D. '09, a former clinic student and an attorney at Reed Smith, and Christopher Walters published a story in The Legal Intelligencer titled "Helping Right a Terrible Wrong to the Nation's Veterans." Read the story. Laszlo was among three ReedSmith attorneys who led a multi-office effort to partner with the National Veterans Legal Services Program to provide assistance to about 50 veterans in their appeal of their PTSD disability ratings.

January 14 - Sen. Mark Warner spoke to the U.S. Senate and showed his support of William & Mary's Veterans Benefits Clinic model. Listen to his comments here


November 11 (Veterans Day) - Professor Stacey-Rae Simcox, director of the Lewis B. Puller, Jr., Veterans Benefits Clinic, was a guest on Hearsay with Cathy Lewis on 89.5 FM (NPR's Norfolk, Va., affiliate).  The program was devoted to the examining the challenges veterans face as they transition back to civilian life.  Clinic student James Booth '14, Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, and Medal of Honor recipient Sal A. Giunta also were guests on the show.  Listen to the show.

October 10 - Sen. Mark Warner mentioned the Law School in an interview on WAVY TV 10 about the government shutdown. Watch the video.

 October 9 - WVEC (ABC's Hampton Roads affiliate) featured John Paul Cimino ’12 (Director, Helping Military Veterans through Higher Education), who spoke about the Puller Veterans Benefits Clinic's ongoing work during the government shutdown. Watch the video. The clinic was also featured in a Daily Press (Va.) story "W&M law school clinic still serving veterans."

September 16 - Va. State Senator Mark Herring, who is a candidate for attorney general of Virginia, is quoted in a Daily Press (Va.) story as saying he'd work with groups like the Puller Clinic that provide legal services to veterans.  Read the story: "Herring Lays Out Vets Plan."

September 6 - U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki was quoted about the Puller Clinic in a Daily Press (Va.) story "VA Secretary Endorses Local Veterans Initiatives."

August 23 - The PublicService JD blog noted the Department of Veterans Affairs' announcement of the Puller Clinic's designation as a Fully Developed Claims (FDC) Community of Practice.

August 21-22

Office of Senator Mark Warner: "Sen. Mark Warner Announces Dept. of Veterans Affairs Certification of William & Mary Puller Clinic as a National Model"

Department of Veterans Affairs: "William and Mary Law School's Puller Clinic Joins Fully Developed Claims Community of Practice"

William & Mary Law School: "Department of Veterans Affairs Certifies Puller Clinic as a National Model: W&M Clinic is First Law School Clinic in Nation to Receive Certification"

Congressman Rob Wittman's office issued a statement following the VA's announcement. In it, the congressman wrote "... I have urged the VA to utilize William & Mary, and promoted their work as a national example for improving the VA claims process and helping veterans."

The Daily Press (Va.) published the story "Plan to Help Veterans Has Wittman's Backing."

A story titled "W&M Legal Clinic Gains Clout to Help with VA Claims" appeared in The Virginian-Pilot.

TV coverage: Senator Mark Warner was quoted about the Puller Clinic's designation as an FDC Community of Practice in a story and published by WSLS.com (Channel 10, Roanoke, Va.) titled "Roanoke VA Backlog Down 20%, Still Work to Do." The senator was also interviewed on camera by WDBJ-TV7.com (Channel 7, Roanoke, Va.) about the VA designation. He also spoke about the clinic's efforts in an interview on WVEC-TV13. Watch the video.

The Roanoke Times included the senator's comments about the Puller Clinic in the story "Sen. Warner Meets with Railroad Workers to Talk Gridlock."

The senator's website noted that "...the VA has certified ... the Puller Veterans Benefits Clinic as a national 'best practices' program for submission of disability claims." Read more.

August 21 - Senator  Mark Warner's campus visit and talk with 1L and LL.M. students was featured on WTKR-TV 3 (Hampton Roads, Va.).  Includes interview with the senator about the Puller Clinic and its designation as an FDC Community of Practice. Watch the video.  The visit was also reported in the Virginia Gazette in a story titled "Veterans Affairs Certifies William and Mary Clinic: Sen. Mark Warner Delivers News in Talk to Law Students."

August 14 - Congressman Rob Wittman referenced the work of the Puller Clinic and the HMVHE consortium in a post about veterans' benefits in the Fredericksburg Patch. The clinic, and the consortium, he wrote  "... exemplified the way innovative methods can improve this [VA claims] process, with legal experts helping our veterans navigate the claims system, whether through compiling necessary documentation, submitting complex claim forms, or even coordinating medical evaluations."

August 14 - A press release from Va. Governor Bob McDonnell's office ("Governor McDonnell Highlights Why Virginia is 'The Most Veteran-Friendly State in the Nation') quoted Va. Secretary of Veteran Affairs and Homeland Security Terrie L. Suit: "... [the governor] has stressed a collaborative, cross-agency approach to serving veterans, which has really paid off.  Just a few examples include the innovative Troops to Trucks program ...,  the outstanding success of the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, and the Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic ..."

August 6 - PJ Media published a story titled "Congressman [Rob Wittman] Suggests VA Partnership with Law Schools to Help Backlogged Vets."  According to the story, Rep. Wittman views the Puller Clinic and HMVHE as providing a "'template' for a broader partnership program" involving law schools and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

July 31 - The Daily Press (Hampton Roads, Va.) reported on the clinic in its story titled "[Representative Rob] Wittman Sees Potential in W&M Veterans Clinic."

June 21  - The Daily Press - The clinic is mentioned in an article titled "Warner Sees Progress in VA Disability Claims Backlog Problem." 

June 5  - Professor Patricia E. Roberts, director of Clinical Programs, and Professor Stacey-Rae Simcox, managing attorney, spoke about the clinic's work on Hearsay with Cathy Lewis, a radio program on WHRV 89.5 (Norfolk's NPR affiliate). Listen to the program (interview begins at 06:15).

May 27  - A story titled "Law School Clinics Seen as Possible Way to Help Reduce VA Backlog on Vets' Disability Benefits" (alternate title "Vets Disability Benefits: Law Schools Curb Backlog") featured the clinic's work and interviews with Professor Patricia Roberts and Professor Stacey-Rae Simcox. The story was shared via the Associated Press's wire service and published by more than 80 media outlets.  These outlets included ABC News, Businessweek, CNBC, the Houston Chronicle, the Huffington Post, the Miami Herald,  NPR, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sacramento Bee, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and The Washington Post.

May 23  - WVEC (ABC's Hampton Roads affiliate) interviewed Professor Stacey-Rae Simcox and former clinic student Kevin Barrett '13 about the clinic's work. Watch the video.

May 14  – JD Journal: VA Disability Claims Back Log Could be Alleviated with Law School Pro Bono Clinics

April 30  - Daily Press & Stars and Stripes: Cutting the VA Backlog: W&M May Have National Model.

April 30  – William & Mary News: Pro Bono Award Recognizes Veterans Clinic's Volunteer Attorneys and Law Students

March 8 – Dr. Leticia Flores of VCU's Center for Psychological Services and Development was quoted by Medical Press in a story titled "Moral Injury Among the Issues Facing Combat Veterans."