»Institute for Military Personnel, Veterans, Human Rights & International Law & AMVETS Legal Clinic

The Institute for Military Personnel, Veterans, Human Rights & International Law is a premiere research and academic Institute.  The litigation arm of the Institute is the AMVETS Legal Clinic, which provides pro bono representation to military personnel and Veterans. They provide legal representation on issues ranging from Discharge Upgrades, Traumatic Service Group Life Insurance Appeals, VA Benefits Appeals, and issues arising under the Service Members Civil Relief Act.

The Institute for Military Personnel, Veterans, Human Rights & International Law faculty, which rank among the top military law experts in the country, not only engage in scholarly research and writing, but also pursue high-profile litigation on behalf of military members and veterans.

Institute Faculty are the go-to experts for everything Military and Veterans Law Related. They have testified before Congress on issues ranging from Military Voting, to Guantanamo Bay, to personnel issues impacting Military members.  They also regularly appear on national and internationally syndicated television and radio programs, and regularly publish opinion pieces in publications such as the Wall Street Journal and the Chicago Tribune.

The litigation arm of the Institute is the AMVETS Legal Clinic, which provides pro bono representation to military personnel and Veterans.  It has recovered millions of dollars in benefits, judgments and settlements for its clients. 

 The Institute collaborates with University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall Law) known as the Chapman/Berkeley Soldier's Project. The clinic also partners with Brandman University campuses throughout California to host legal workshops and clinics around the state.

The Institute’s founder and Executive Director, Professor Kyndra Rotunda, has published two textbooks and has another forthcoming. Her first book, Honor Bound: Inside the Guantanamo Trials (Carolina Academic Press, June 2008), was followed by her textbook, Military and Veterans Law, published by Thomson/West Publishing - the first textbook of its kind, geared to the growing number of Military and Veterans Legal Clinics in the country.  

As the name implies, the AMVETS Legal Clinic is a cooperative effort with AMVETS Department of California, a non-profit organization that is committed to veterans and community service and that funds the AMVETS Legal Clinic.

The AMVETS Legal Clinic is located on the Chapman University Campus, and housed at 328 N Glassell, Orange, CA.  

For all inquiries regarding is the AMVETS Legal Clinic please contact the AMVETS Legal Clinic Coordinator, at (714) 628-2692 or by e-mail at amvets@chapman.edu.

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The Legal Clinic team, led by Professor Kyndra Rotunda