Clinic Faculty and Staff


David E. Boelzner
Co-Director, The Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic
Clinical Associate Professor of Law

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David Boelzner is the co-director of William & Mary Law School's Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic. Professor Boelzner practiced general litigation at Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Virginia, from 1986 to 1990, and at Wright, Robinson, Osthimer & Tatum, also in Richmond, from 1990 to 2007, where he also started practicing veterans law in 2003.  He continued this practice at Goodman Allen Donnelly PLLC from 2008 to 2016.  Over more than twelve years, he represented hundreds of veterans in claims for benefits, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC), and at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  He submitted an amicus brief in support of a veteran’s petition for certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court.  Several of his cases have resulted in precedential decisions of the CAVC, including Washington v. Nicholson and Tagupa v. McDonald.

Professor Boelzner serves on the Board of Governors of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association and co-edits the Veterans Law Journal, published by the Bar Association.  He writes and speaks on a variety of topics in veterans law, particularly the statutory reasons-or-bases requirement and evidentiary development of veteran claims.

As an adjunct professor at the University of Richmond School of Law, he taught Law Skills/Legal Writing from 2010 to 2013, contract drafting from 2014 to 2016, and a Veterans Law and Technology Practicum course from 2015 to 2016.  In the latter, students developed a computer application for use by veterans or their non-lawyer representatives to assess the viability of benefits claims.

His law degree is from The University of Texas (Austin); his undergraduate and master’s degrees are both in music, as was his course work in a Ph.D program at the University of North Texas.  Music remains a significant interest, with a primary focus on composition and piano.


Patricia E. Roberts
Co-Director, The Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic 
Vice Dean and Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Clinical Programs

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Patricia Roberts serves as Vice Dean of William & Mary Law School and co-directs its Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic, a clinic she helped to create and support since its inception in 2008. As Director of Clinical Programs, she is also responsible for managing nine clinics and a center at the law school, six of which are in-house programs started under her leadership. Patricia is a member of the Virginia State Bar Section on the Education of Lawyers Board of Governors, and a member of the Veterans Law Committee of the Legal Services Project of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She also serves as a member of Virginia’s Access to Justice Pro Bono Coordinating Consortium. In addition to serving as founding and past president of the Board of Directors of the National Law School Veterans Clinic Consortium, she served as a member of the ABA’s Veterans Legal Services Commission, chairing its Access to Legal Services working group. Her teaching and programmatic interests include access to justice, legal education, veterans’ law, professional responsibility, alternative dispute resolution, and special education. She is a Fellow of both the American Bar Foundation and the Virginia Law Foundation. In 2015 she was selected as one of the Influential Women of Virginia by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. She is the creator of Military Mondays, a program that provides advice and counsel to veterans in Starbucks’ locations across the country. Patricia is a frequent contributor to the media and often speaks on veterans’ law topics. She is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Randolph-Macon Woman's College & William & Mary Law School; she practiced law for eight years before returning to work at William & Mary.


Elizabeth Tarloski
Staff Attorney

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Professor Tarloski recently completed a two-year Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellowship at Widener University School of Law’s Veterans Law Clinic, where she supervised students and worked on cases for veteran clients involving DIC, overpayments, benefits appeals, social security, discharge upgrades and driver's license issues. Professor Tarloski also has extensive experience with justice involved individuals through her work with incarcerated veterans, and the Criminal Record Expungement Project in Philadelphia. She is a graduate of Drexel University, Thomas R. Kline School of Law, and has her Master of Science, Gender, Development and Globalization from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

 Caleb Stone

Caleb Stone
Professor of the Practice 

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Caleb Stone is an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow at William & Mary’s Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic. While at William & Mary Law, Caleb was a student in the Puller Clinic, PELE Special Education Advocacy Clinic, and Elder Law Clinic. He also worked for the William & Mary University Counsel and the Newport News Public Defender. Caleb was involved as a Senior Articles Editor on the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, a Civil Procedure Teaching Assistant for Professor Vivian Hamilton, a Student Bar Association Class Representative, and a Student Assembly Senator. He received his B.S. in Political Science from Kennesaw State University (summa cum laude) in 2011 and J.D. from William & Mary Law School (cum laude) in 2015, where he received the Benjamin Stoddert Ewell Award for outstanding leadership and public service.


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Dr. Judith L. Johnson
Clinical Psychologist

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Dr. Judith L. Johnson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with specialty training in Health Psychology, military culture, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and psychological assessment.  She received her Ph.D. from Loyola University of Chicago and completed her clinical internship and post-doctoral residency at the New Orleans V.A. Medical Center.  Much of her work was with former Prisoners-of-War (POWs) and in documenting cognitive deficits and post-traumatic stress disorder related to their captivity experience.  She has several books and numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, and has lectured in the Middle East regarding POWS and PTSD.  Currently, Dr. Johnson is the consulting Clinical Psychologist at the Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic, School of Law, College of William & Mary.