Kier Prince

  • Hosted by Emory Law Volunteer Clinic for Veterans
  • Sponsored by Eversheds Sutherland, The Home Depot
  • Service location Atlanta, Georgia
  • Law school Emory University School of Law
  • Issue area Veterans' Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2019
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Kier provided representation to veterans seeking discharge upgrades, with priority given to veterans with PTSD symptomology, TBI, or other mental disabilities.

For many potential clients, a discharge upgrade is a necessary first step to being eligible for benefits including healthcare, legal assistance, social work, housing, and education. Providing legal assistance with discharge upgrades is a critical component of the comprehensive legal support that best situates a veteran to thrive in their community. Kier provided legal assistance to veterans by either offering full representation or pro se assistance in creating and filing an effective discharge application.

As a native of Atlanta, Kier has witnessed homeless individuals, many who are veterans, struggle to cope with their mental incapacity while trying to seek the basic services they need to survive. Kier’s goal is to assist the underserved, particularly veterans, so that these individuals can gain access to the services they vitally need.

Fellowship Highlights

During the two-year Fellowship, Kier:

  • Provided legal assistance to over 200 veterans and full representation to 10 veterans seeking discharge upgrades
  • Held six discharge training sessions for sponsor and non-sponsor volunteers
  • Held 10 monthly Military Monday events for veterans seeking assistance with VA/DOD
  • Assisted the Clinic with nine Wills clinics, helping prepare 120 legal documents for veterans
  • Submitted five (5) discharge upgrade cases during the pandemic and responded to an advisory opinion for a pending discharge application

Next Steps

Kier plans to continue to volunteer assisting veterans and hopes of transitioning back to the federal government. In the meantime, Kier will continue her hobby of acting and serving as a closing attorney.

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