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Caillean E. Daily

  • Hosted by Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Inc.
  • Sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Service location Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • Law school Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
  • Issue area Health Care, Medical-Legal Partnership, Veterans' Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2024
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

Caillean (she/her/hers) will focus on providing legal representation and education to veterans experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness and income insecurity in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

In 2021, the Veterans Administration surveyed 1,773 homeless veterans; each of the top ten unmet needs reported by respondents involved legal issues. A formal medical-legal partnership (MLP) between Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Philadelphia-area veteran-serving medical facilities will provide veterans access to competent, accessible, and trauma-informed legal services. By meeting veterans where they are and working in conjunction with healthcare providers through a MLP, Caillean’s project will empower veterans with the assistance they need to address legal and medical needs adversely affecting their wellbeing.

Fellowship Plans

Caillean’s project is designed to increase access to a wide range of civil legal services for veterans in Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania’s core service area of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties, with specific focus on VA benefits and military discharge upgrades, through targeted outreach at veteran-serving medical facilities in the area.

Caillean will steward a continually growing number of veterans benefits and discharge upgrade cases as a member of the Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania team. She will engage with staff of veteran-serving medical facilities, including training VA healthcare teams, specifically social workers, to identify when a veteran may be facing one of a wide array of legal issues that Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania can assist with, particularly VA benefits and military discharge upgrades. She will work with the social work teams to discuss and create training materials surrounding race-, gender-, and sexual-orientation-/gender-identity-based discrimination as it relates to clients’ claims, specifically for post-traumatic stress disorder. She will conduct monthly outreach and intake, and provide direct advocacy, to reach more veterans and help them access healthcare, VA benefits, military discharge upgrades, and other legal services.

All people, regardless of class, background, and circumstances, deserve access to the support and resources they need to live with dignity and fulfillment. This belief brought me to law school, and I am honored to now be able to put this belief into action through my Equal Justice Works Fellowship

Caillean E. Daily /
2024 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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