A Veterans Day message from Dean Schapiro
By Emory University School of Law | Emory Law | November 10, 2014
On this Veterans Day, I join the entire Emory Law community in honoring our members of the military. We are deeply grateful for their sacrifice that secures for all of us the protections of the rule of law.
Emory Law has a long history of supporting members and veterans of the armed forces. Following World War II, we enrolled a close, tight-knit group of veterans, most of whom were beneficiaries of the newly enacted G.I. Bill. This influx of students greatly assisted Emory Law in reinstituting a full-time day program in 1946. In turn, the Law School provided the basis for a successful legal career and re-entry to civilian life, following military service in theaters of war around the world.
We continue to welcome military veterans enthusiastically to our community. We proudly offer tuition assistance to veterans and their dependents through our partnership with the Veterans Administration Yellow Ribbon Program. The recently formed National Security Law Society provides a forum for our students to explore military issues and the law.
We are extremely proud of our Volunteer Clinic for Veterans (VCV), which was founded by two Emory Law students in 2013. Already, the VCV has involved 65 students and 49 attorneys in 87 cases on behalf of veterans and their families. Their work has ranged from addressing disability ratings for traumatic brain injury and PTSD to developing legislation to create veterans courts in Georgia.
As the country honors our veterans today, we also honor this powerful legacy and recommit ourselves to the principles of liberty and freedom for which these individuals have worked tirelessly and given much. We remember and honor our students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have served; those with loved ones who are in the military; and those who have lost a loved one in service to this country.