Please get to know our students in the Spring 2019 Veterans Clinic!
Alex Bailey is a second-year law student from Springfield Missouri, where he had previously spent all of his life. Between graduating from the University of Missouri in 2015 and returning for law school in 2017, Alex worked as a victim advocate and paralegal for the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, working exclusively with victims of domestic and sexual violence. In his free time, Alex enjoys baking pie, drinking soda without ice, and being frustrated at Missouri sports teams.
Stefon David is a second-year law student at the University of Missouri School of Law. Stefon received his undergraduate degree in communications from Valparaiso University. During his time in law school, Stefon has gained valuable legal experience while working at a litigation firm in Kansas City.
Stefon joined the Veterans Clinic in January 2019 and is grateful to serve those who have served this country. He plans to use the skills acquired from his prior legal experiences to help veterans pursue their legal claims.
Sarah Grossman is a University of Missouri School of Law student and will graduate May 2019. Sarah obtained her Bachelor’s of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from Drake University, class of 2016. Stemming from a long line of servicemen, Sarah is dedicated to ensuring Veterans receive the care and resources required to live a long and fulfilling life.
Alec Guy is in his second year at Mizzou Law. He is from St. Joseph, a mid-sized town in northwest Missouri, and he received an undergraduate degree in political science and economics from Missouri Western State University, which is a small institution located in St. Joseph. In high school, he participated in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) all four years. Several of his friends are currently serving in the military, and his great grandfather was a medic in World War II. Through these connections, Alec realized that we enjoy our freedom and safety because of the sacrifices of our veterans, and he is excited to assist veterans, in any way he can, this semester.
Byron Jeske is a third-year law student graduating with his J.D. in 2019. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Missouri State University in 2011. In 2018 he interned with Judge Gabbert on the Missouri Court of Appeals and worked with the Boone County Prosecutor’s Office through the Mizzou Prosecution Clinic. After graduating, he intends to practice criminal law as an associate prosecutor. He is in the Veteran’s Clinic because both of his grandfathers and his father have served in the military, and he wants to help veterans who have made sacrifices in service to the country. This semester, he will be advancing the claims of two different veterans before the Veterans Benefits Administration.
Margarete Lamons Crawford
Margarete is a second-year student at the University of Missouri School of Law. In school she is involved in the competitive mock trial team. Margarete competes within the state and regionally to strengthen her skills as an advocate.
Margarete is excited to be a part of the Veterans Clinic this semester. Her father was a Marine who served in Desert Storm and her husband was recently deployed overseas with the Army National Guard. She is grateful for all that Veterans give for this country and looks forward to giving back through the Clinic.
Within the Veterans Clinic, Margarete works with veterans to help them receive their disability benefits and upgrade their character of separation from their discharge. Margarete also writes blog posts of new advances in veterans health law, veterans law in general, and what the Clinic is doing in the community.
Don Quinn is an Army veteran who served in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He is a second year law student at the University where he is currently the Vice-President of the Missouri Law Veterans Society. As a veteran that served in a combat zone and as a disabled veteran himself, Don is a fierce advocate for veterans rights. Don lives in Ashland, MO with his wife and seven kids. Don is passionate about giving back to the community and working with indigent communities, for women and children’s rights, civil rights, and currently serves on the Board of MU Family Impact Center in Columbia, MO. After law school, Don intends to pursue a career as a litigator and focus on Pro Bono Veterans Affairs work.
Taylor Shortal is a dual degree-seeking student at the University of Missouri School of Law and the School of Journalism. With several veterans in his family, he has always hoped to serve those who have served our nation, and he previously interned with the Veterans and Innovative Projects Unit of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services. Before law school, he received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Fontbonne University. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and raised in Columbia, Missouri, where he graduated from David H. Hickman High School.
Grant is a third-year law student, a native Iowan, and has a BS in Criminal Justice System from Truman State University. At Truman State, Grant graduated with his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in four semesters. In law school, he has worked with the American Civil Liberties Union in Mississippi, where he researched and drafted portions of legal briefs and motions for civil rights matters heard by the 5th Circuit Courts of Appeals. Grant has also worked as a Prosecuting Intern in Dubuque County, Iowa. In this role, Grant conducted multiple bench and jury trials by himself in addition to being a second-chair prosecutor on a first-degree murder case. In this role, Grant has received a guilty verdict in every case a jury came back a verdict.
By participating in the Veterans Clinic, Grant hopes to gain more legal experience with veteran administrative problems while also helping those who gave so much to our great country.
After graduation, Grant plans on moving to St. Louis and take the Missouri bar. Grant hopes to become a prosecutor after law school.
Larissa Tiller received her bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in History from Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri, where she graduated summa cum laude. Since beginning law school, she has worked for the University of Missouri as a research assistant, and at the university’s law library as a circulation desk attendant. In addition, she spent her 2L summer working as a legal intern for the United States Coast Guard in New Orleans, Louisiana. Given her work with the Coast Guard, Larissa is looking forward to serving veterans from all branches of service in the Clinic.
Rachel is a third year law student, a native Texan, and has a BS in Agribusiness from Texas A&M University’16, where she graduated first in her class with undergraduate research honors. In law school, she has gained legal experience from interning for the General Counsel of the Missouri Supreme Court and clerking at a personal injury firm. Additionally, she interned at University of Western Cape Legal Aid South Africa, and was a clinic student for the University of Missouri Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic.