SOURCE: Golden Gate University

Golden Gate University

October 02, 2014 11:09 ET

Second Annual Veterans' Law Conference -- Thursday, October 23

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 2, 2014) - Golden Gate University (GGU) School of Law hosts the second annual Veterans' Law Conference and sixth annual Chief Justice Ronald M. George Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, October 23, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the G.I. Bill and examining veterans' issues regarding health, education and unemployment. Legal powerhouses Major General (Ret.) William K. Suter, who served as both the Clerk for the U.S. Supreme Court and as the acting Judge Advocate General for the U.S. Army John W. Keker, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and one of the country's top trial lawyers and Marcia Coyle, Chief Washington Correspondent at the National Law Journal, among other legal experts, will participate.

The Conference begins at 9:00 a.m. with a keynote speech from Colonel (Ret.) William Gunn, who most recently served as General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The subsequent panel discussion entitled "Serving Veterans in the 21st Century" explores innovative organizations and programs that support veterans' health, education, and employment.

The panel, moderated by Colonel John Haramalis, attorney, Garrison Commander of Camp Roberts and President of the California National Guard Association, includes:

  • Keith Boylan, Deputy Secretary of Veterans Services at the California Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Keith Armstrong, author and Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF and specialist in military trauma
  • Dr. Robert Owen, Military Claims and Compensation Examiner for the VA and Professor of Medicine at UCSF, where he specializes in the medical effects of military occupational environmental exposures, especially in the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, Vietnam (Agent Orange) and ionizing radiation-exposed veterans
  • Mary E. Wright, Partner at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC, with experience in recruitment, counseling and employment of military veterans

A keynote address by John Keker, famed litigation attorney and former Marine platoon leader, follows the panel discussion. Lunch will be served at noon. The keynote speeches, panel discussion and luncheon take place at GGU School of Law.

The conference continues at 6:30 p.m. with the sixth annual Chief Justice Ronald M. George Distinguished Lecture by Major General (Ret.) William K. Suter, former Clerk for the U.S. Supreme Court and former acting Judge Advocate General for the U.S. Army. Marcia Coyle, Chief Washington Correspondent at the National Law Journal and frequent contributor to National Public Radio, will lead Major General Suter in a conversational style interview. The lecture takes place at PG&E Auditorium, 77 Beale Street.

Advance registration for the Second Annual Veterans Law Conference is available at and

Day-of registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on October 23 in Room 2201 at GGU School of Law located at 536 Mission Street in San Francisco. All events are free, but tickets are limited.

This conference is hosted by GGU's onsite Veterans Legal Advocacy Center, which provides free support for underserved returning veterans and their families. Through the Center, GGU Law School students obtain experiential training, such as filing appeals, discharge upgrades, and benefit procurement -- opportunities typically unavailable to Northern California law students. GGU Law is considered one of the country's most veteran-friendly institutions, and GGU has participated in the Yellow Ribbon Program for six years, setting itself apart by offering coverage to 100% of all veteran applicants.

With the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, nearly 60,000 troops are expected to return home by the end of 2014. According to the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics, California is home to nearly 2 million veterans -- more than any other state in the country. While California veterans live primarily in the state's rural areas, where the cost of living is lower than it is in the San Francisco Bay Area, more than 26,000 veterans call the Bay Area home. Even those living in surrounding communities rely on services, particularly legal services, available in the Bay Area.

About Golden Gate University School of Law (GGU Law)
GGU Law offers full and part-time law programs that blend practical skills training with legal theory to prepare students to be critical thinkers, problem solvers and leaders, with the flexibility to respond to changes in the legal profession. The first law school in America to have a female dean and to actively recruit female applicants, our mission is to produce a diverse group of graduates with the skill, judgment and moral compass to become exceptional lawyers and socially responsible members of the global community.

About Golden Gate University
GGU, a private nonprofit, has been helping adults achieve their professional goals by providing undergraduate and graduate education in accounting, law, taxation, business and related areas for more than 113 years. GGU is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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