OFFICE OF STUDENT AFFAIRS
Director of Student Affairs
Mini- Course: Law and Veterans’ Issues: Policy Challenges and Best Practices
Paul A. Dillon
Paul A. Dillon is a former Army Reserve 1stLieutenant, who was awarded two Bronze Star Medals for action during the Vietnam War. He has long been active in veterans’ affairs, and recently completed a research assignment for Crain’s Chicago Business, which served as the basis for the highly acclaimed “Veterans in the Workplace” Focus section that was published by Crain’s on November 8, 2012. He has taught at both Governors State University and at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is the founder and CEO of Dillon Consulting Services LLC, a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and State of Illinois certified Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business.
Lydia Lazar is an associate dean of the Harris School. Lydia served as the assistant dean for international law and policy development at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she directed the graduate program for international lawyers and taught the Introduction to the American Legal System. A member of the Illinois Bar, Lydia practiced in the corporate and securities group of Sachnoff & Weaver (now Reed Smith LLC), prior to her academic career.
Dates: Tuesdays, January 15, 22, 29 and February 5, 2013
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: Harris School, 1155 E. 60thStreet, Room 289B
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Please RSVP by Friday, January 11, 2013. You must be able to commit to all sessions.
The plight of our military personnel, who have left the service after returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, is “front page” news in the media every day. Often, stories of veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, substance abuse, debilitating physical injuries, poverty, homelessness, unemployment lead the daily newscasts, and are the featured stories on media web sites. Less understood, and often left unreported, are the many positive skills and valuable experiences that veterans bring to both the workplace and the communities in which they live. Even less understood or publicized are the policy responses and myriad programs that governments, NGO’s, labor organizations, and the private sector have implemented to improve the lives of veterans returning not just from the most recent conflicts, but from all wars, including the Gulf War and the Vietnam War.
This mini-course will present the problems and promise of our veterans, and the policy responses and programs that have been implemented to meet the needs of those who have served our country. Students will have an opportunity to engage with experts on veterans’ mental health and substance abuse issues, the problem of homelessness and housing for veterans, legal issues relating to the veteran community (including veterans’ courts), and employment programs for veterans.
For each session, a team of students will have the opportunity to prepare a five-minute presentation and two page paper on each of the issues covered in the mini-course. The guest speakers will provide commentary on the students’ papers. At the culmination of the course, the papers will be combined and edited into a white paper analyzing the effectiveness of existing policies and programs, and providing recommendations for new policies that could have a significant, positive impact on veterans and their families. The white paper may be submitted for publication to those journals and media outlets that have an interest in veterans’ issues.
Course Topics and Speakers
I Jan 15: Introduction to Veterans’ Issues—Past and Present
We will kick off the course with a showing of the Oscar nominated documentary “To Hell and Back” followed by a panel discussion with
II Jan 22: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Substance Abuse
III Jan 29: Legal Issues and Veterans’ Courts
IV Feb 5: Homelessness/Housing and Employment Options for Veterans
The syllabus and course resources will be posted on a CHALK site for all students.