2017 Veterans Clinic Symposium

Modern Warfare: Challenges Arising from the Gulf War and the War on Terror

Overview

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Location

All events will be held in Hulston Hall, Room 7, on the University of Missouri campus.

Cost and Registration

The symposium is free and open to the public. Registration is requested, but not required.

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Continuing Legal Education Credit

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Questions?

If you have questions, please contact the Mizzou Law Veterans Clinic at 573-882-7630 or email mulawvetclinic@missouri.edu.

Symposium Program

November 10, 2017
8:30 a.m. Challenges in Battle: Moral Injury and the Psyche of a Service Member

Sean Lee

Sean Lee, ’15
Veteran, 101st Airborne
Attorney, Fox, Stretz & Quinn

Paul Wade

Paul Wade
3L

Moderated by:

David Myers

Dr. Grant O’Neal
Title?
Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital

9:45 a.m. Challenges for the Service Member’s Loved Ones and the Advocates: The Military Culture and Issues Post Deployment

Jon Sabala
Veterans Services Director
Missouri Department of Mental health

10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Unseen Challenges of Gulf War Illness: When Undiagnosed Ailments Prove the Claim

Current students and research assistants for the University of Missouri School of Law Veterans Clinic

11:15 a.m. Environmental Challenges: From Burn Pits to Sarin Gas

Amy Kretkowski

Amy B. Kretkowski
Veterans Law Office of Amy B. Kretkowski

Greg Bier

Gregory L. Bier
Associate Teaching Professor and Director, Entrepreneurship Alliance
University of Missouri Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business
Veteran, U.S. Army

Moderated by:

David Myers

David Myers
Director of Case Evaluation and Placement
Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program

12:05 p.m. Lunch (provided)
12:00 p.m. Keynote Presentation – Evidentiary Challenges as Explained by Way of Kamisiyah

Chris Dunn

Christopher W. Dunn, ’14
Owner of GeoVelo
Veteran of the Gulf War

1:30 p.m. Courthouse Challenges: Key CAVC Cases and BVA Opinions Dealing with Geospatial Issues

Amy Odom

Amy Odom
Director of Litigation
National Veterans Legal Services Program

Cox – Afghanistan not in Gulf …other cases re: geographic proof ???

2:10 p.m.

Break

2:20 p.m. Challenging Claims: Proper Review of TBI/PTSD Case Development

Amelia Tapp

Amelia Tapp
Director of Litigation
St. Louis Regional VA Office

Matthew Hill and Nicholas Simpson

Matthew Hill and Nicholas Simpson, ’15
Hill & Ponton, P.A.

3:10 p.m. Challenging Discharges: The Process of Discharge Upgrades

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Danica Gonsalves
Title?
The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program

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Jim Carlsen
Title?
The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program

4:00 p.m.

Closing

Speaker Bios

Greg Bier

Gregory L. Bier

Associate Teaching Professor and Director, Entrepreneurship Alliance
University of Missouri Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business
Veteran, U.S. Army

US Army Major Greg Bier grew up in St. Louis. He earned his US Army Parachutist Badge at age 20 and was commissioned as a regular army officer in 1985. He served as a platoon leader, company executive officer, company commander, landmine and explosives trainer, and staff officer within a wide variety of both combat engineer and special operations units in the United States and overseas.

He deployed with the 18th Airborne Corps for the defense of Saudi Arabia as part of Desert Shield in 1990. He then fought with the 24th Infantry Division during Desert Storm and was part of a 370 kilometer attack deep into the Euphrates River Valley with such speed, aggressiveness, and determination that the attack broke the Iraqis willpower to continue the fight after nearly 100 hours of combat.

Following his return home, Major Bier remained in the military for several years until leaving to pursue graduate school. After completing his Ph.D. at Missouri University of Science and Technology he helped start the Humanitarian Demining Training Center, an organization that became a global leader in landmine and unexploded ordnance removal. He was a resident “intrapreneur” for the Army’s Engineer School where he conducted several feasibility studies and plans aimed at broadening the scope of training and service of the United States Department of Defense.

He is now an Associate Teaching Professor and Director of the University of Missouri’s
Entrepreneurship Alliance. He currently teaches Experiential Entrepreneurship for the University of Missouri’s Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business.


Angela Drake

Angela Drake

Director of the Veterans Clinic and Instructor
University of Missouri School of Law

Professor Angela Drake is director of the Veterans Clinic and instructor at the University of Missouri School of Law. Before joining the law school, she practiced law for more than 25 years in in the areas of complex and class action litigation and insurance coverage and defense. She was a shareholder in the firm of Niewald, Waldeck and Brown in Kansas City, where she practiced for 18 years. She then became a member of Lowther Johnson, LLC, located in Springfield, Mo. In the course of her practice, Professor Drake represented individual and corporate clients in jury trials, bench trials and appellate proceedings in both federal and state court.

Professor Drake received her bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., in 1982 and her JD from the University of Minnesota in 1985.

At the School of Law, Professor Drake teaches Insurance Law, Pretrial Litigation and Trial Practice.


Chris Dunn

Christopher W. Dunn, ’14

Owner of GeoVelo
Veteran of the Gulf War

Christopher W. Dunn resides in Columbia, Missouri where he is a small business owner, attorney, and expert geospatial witness. He holds a Juris Doctor from Mizzou Law as well as Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Kansas State. Chris’s business is GeoVelo, LLC. There he uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and 3-D software to make specialty maps for health care industry clients and 3-D computer model crime scene reconstructions. Chris’s mapping customers include Community Asset Builders, in Jefferson City, Truman Medical Center, Kansas City, MO; and several legal firms. GeoVelo’s maps are used by hospital system boards of directors, CFOs and CEOs for their strategic business development planning, marketing, and facility siting decisions.

Prior to becoming, an attorney, Chris had a 20-year career as the director of several local government planning, zoning and development departments. Before his local government career Chris spent some time overseas working for his Uncle Sam defusing bombs as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician, and generally making a mess of other people’s ammunition stockpiles and infrastructure. He is a veteran of the first Gulf War and is member of the Missouri Bar, an Eagle Scout, and has won awards for his urban planning, filmmaking, and pro-bono legal work.


Matthew Hill

Matthew Hill

Hill & Ponton, P.A.

Mr. Hill is an author and attorney, who focuses his practice on representing disabled veterans. He represents veterans and their dependents across the nation. He has consulted with over 10,000 veterans with claims in the VA service connected disability compensation process. Mr. Hill is a recognized authority on VA law. He has written several books on VA service connected benefits. Mr. Hill gives presentations across the nation on VA disability compensation, including the pitfalls of C&P exams. He is the treasurer for the board of directors of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA).

He is a member of the Florida Bar and the Washington D.C. Bar. He is licensed to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Mr. Hill attended the University of Florida and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish in 2002. He was elected into Phi Beta Kappa and graduated Cum Laude. He attended law school at the University of Florida and was awarded the book award in Trial Practice. He earned his law degree in 2005. Before attending the University of Florida, Mr. Hill spent a year in Uruguay where he became fluent in Spanish.

After graduating law school, Mr. Hill was a Judicial Law Clerk to The Honorable Anne C. Conway, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. While working for Judge Conway, Mr. Hill drafted orders, researched complex legal issues, and attended trials and hearings. Mr. Hill also assisted Judge Conway when she sat by designation with the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia.


Amy Kretkowski

Amy B. Kretkowski

Veterans Law Office of Amy B. Kretkowski

Amy Kretkowski is a veterans law attorney in private practice in Iowa City, IA, and an Adjunct Professor of Veterans Benefits Law at the University of Iowa College of Law. She is also a mentoring attorney with the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program; Chair of the Rules Advisory Committee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims; Co-Chair of the Veterans Work Group of Iowa’s Access to Justice Commission; a member of the Military Affairs Committee of the Iowa State Bar Association; and a member of the Education/Outreach and Legislative Committees of the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates.

She has taught CLE programs for Iowa Legal Aid and conducted annual trainings for the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers, as well as various veterans service groups in Iowa and around the country. From 2009 to 2011, she served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Mary J. Schoelen on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. She received her J.D., with distinction, from the University of Iowa’s College of Law, and her B.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in a 100-year-old house in Iowa City with her husband Paul and their WonderMutt, Gabe.


David Myers

David Myers

Director of Case Evaluation and Placement
Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program

David H. Myers, Esq., is the director of case evaluation and placement component of the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program.

During his career, Cmdr. Myers served as the director, Special Programs Division (OJAG); deputy director, Appellate Government Division, Navy-Marine Appellate Review Activity; deputy director, Criminal Law Division (OJAG); senior trial counsel, Naval Legal Service Office, Naples, Italy, during the first Gulf War; military judge, Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary, Atlantic Circuit; and assistant staff judge advocate, Bureau of Naval Personnel. He earned several personal decorations, including four Meritorious Service Medals. His enlisted service included a deployment to Southeast Asia on the USS Ranger (CVA-61) in 1973-74.

Cmdr. Myers is a 1972 graduate of Mac Murray College in Jacksonville, Ill., and a 1978 graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law in Valparaiso, Ind. In 1987 he earned a master of laws degree from The Army’s Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, Va.


Amy Odom

Amy Odom

National Litigation Director
National Veterans Legal Services Program

Amy F. Odom is the director of litigation for the National Veterans Legal Services Program. In this role, she represents veterans and survivors before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and other federal courts. She also trains, develops and supervises other NVLSP staff attorneys and pro bono attorneys. With respect to pro bono attorneys, her supervision is provided through NVLSP’s Lawyers Serving Warriors® program, as well as the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program.

Ms. Odom has served as the treasurer of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association and as vice chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Veterans Affairs Committee. She has spoken on matters related to veterans disability benefits on several occasions, including as a panelist with expertise in disability ratings for orthopedic conditions during the Twelfth Judicial Conference of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and as an expert on VA benefits for disabilities caused by military sexual trauma during the University of Missouri’s School of Law Veterans Clinic Symposium in 2014. Her publications include contributions to the 2011 and 2012 editions of the veterans affairs chapter of the American Bar Association’s Developments in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, as well as to several editions of NVLSP’s Veterans Benefits Manual.

Ms. Odom is a graduate of the University of Florida Levin College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2006), where she competed on the school’s moot court team and served as a public interest fellow with the Center for Government Responsibility. Ms. Odom also earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida (B.A., Political Science, cum laude, 2003).


Nick Simpson

Nic Simpson

Hill & Ponton, P.A.

Nicholas grew up in the St. Louis Metro East suburbs and attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, focusing on comparative politics in Europe, with a minor in business administration. Following graduation, he attended University Of Missouri School Of Law graduating in May 2015. While there, he participated in numerous competitions ranging from alternative dispute resolution to appellate advocacy. In his third year of school, he began working in the University of Missouri School of Law Veterans Clinic as a research assistant providing pro-bono assistance to veterans and was part of the 2014 National Veterans Moot Court Competition Team arguing in Washington, D.C.

Subsequent to graduation, he wanted to continue helping veterans who had been wrongfully denied their benefits by the Department of Veterans Affairs. It was this desire to help those who had served our country that led him to the team at Hill & Ponton. At Hill & Ponton, he continues to help our nation’s veterans obtain the disability benefits they deserve


Amelia Tapp

Decision Review Officer
St. Louis VA Regional Office

Amelia TappAmelia Tapp began her dedication to veterans during her childhood as a volunteer with the non-profit Disabled American Veterans (DAV), following a strong family tradition of service.  Her lifetime of volunteerism led to a job with DAV, which, after one year, led to a career with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  Ms. Tapp has worked her way through the ranks of the Chicago and St. Louis VA regional offices as a public contact representative, veterans service representative, rating veterans service representative and decision review officer.  She is a subject matter expert in VA compensation and pension, and has specialized in cases involving military sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, neurological disabilities, seriously injured/very seriously injured veterans and former prisoners of war.  When not chasing after her two-year-old nephew at her home in Illinois, Ms. Tapp can be found on her family’s farm outside of Hermann, Mo.


About the Veterans Clinic

Students in the University of Missouri School of Law Veterans Clinic help veterans and their families secure disability-related benefits. Student work is done primarily at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals level and before the Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims, under the supervision of an attorney, Director Angela Drake.

Since its inception in 2014, the clinic has assisted 64 veteran clients. Each semester, Drake oversees the work of eight students, as they review veterans’ military records and disability files, track down witness statements and work with doctors to secure medical opinions.

The clinic is run like a law firm, providing Mizzou Law students with experience designed to prepare them for the practice of law while securing retroactive monetary benefits for our nation’s veterans.

If you have questions, please contact the Mizzou Law Veterans Clinic at 573-882-7630 or email mulawvetclinic@missouri.edu.

Platinum Ribbon Sponsor

Clinic Client Wesley Tull


Gold Ribbon Sponsor

Gilmore & Bell Logo


Other Sponsors

AW LOGO
probono

 

Rebecca Schwartz of:
House of Brokers

probono

 

Hill and Ponton Marketing logo

Jerome Wolf, Esq., Partner at Dentons, Kansas

Parking for the Symposium

Free parking is available in Lot K, on the south side of the Hearnes Center on Stadium Blvd. To access, turn south off of Stadium Blvd. onto Mick Deaver Memorial Dr., next to the football stadium. Follow to the stop sign and turn left on Champions Dr. You will see the lot on your left; make your next left to access it. Please see the map provided.

Download campus map with directions (.pdf)

Our mini-van shuttle will pick up guests on the edge of the lot next to the building. Look for the A-Frame style “Shuttle Service” sign with our event poster.

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