Volunteer Clinic for Veterans

The Emory Law Volunteer Clinic for Veterans assists those who have served our country with the legal issues that they face, including claims for service-connected disability.


There are more than 200,000 veterans in the Atlanta Metropolitan area.

The Emory Law School Volunteer Clinic for Veterans provides pro bono legal services for veterans, assisting them and their families with disability benefit claims both before the Veterans Administration and in subsequent appellate proceedings. 

Many of our service men and women have returned with service-related injuries and mental illnesses such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Other veterans, including those who served in Vietnam and prior wars, also have disabilities associated with their prior military service as well as legal issues related to their disability claims and other civil matters. Through the active support of the Military-Veterans Section of the Georgia Bar and the Military Legal Assistance Program, the Clinic was created to assist these veterans with their legal needs (see the Legal Assistance page for the complete list of accepted cases).


Lane Dennard – Adjunct Professor, Emory Law School, and retired partner with King & Spalding whose distinguished career included pro bono representation of veterans.  Prior to studying law and becoming a lawyer, he served in the Army as a Captain and Company Commander in Vietnam, and was awarded the Silver Star, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Professor Charlie Shanor - Professor of Law, Emory Law School. Professor Shanor teaches Counterterrorism Law and writes about military, national security, and counterterrorism law.

National Security Law Society Student Leaders - Emory Law School students, Martin Bunt 14L and Rachel Erdman142L.

(Pictured left to right: Rachel Erdman, Charlie Shanor, Lane Dennard and Martin Bunt)