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Kristen Cappelli

  • Hosted by Veterans Legal Services
  • Sponsored by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Service location Boston, Massachusetts
  • Law school St. Mary’s University School of Law
  • Issue area Veterans' Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Provide direct representation to post 9/11, female and LGBTQ veterans who are homeless or at risk for homelessness, while establishing a new Medical Legal Partnership in the Boston Metro Area, and growing existing relationships with organizations assisting these subpopulations.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project

Studies have shown that female and LGBTQ veterans are unable to utilize their benefits as veterans, either due to lack of information or wrongful discharge status. Post 9/11 veterans are less comfortable accessing legal services in the traditional ways in which they are offered. Legal aid must adapt in order to effectively represent a younger generation of veterans.

The Right Person For This Project

Kristen is the right person for the project because:

  • She represented veterans in administrative hearings as a Rule 3.03 Certified Law Student Advocate with Veterans Legal Services
  • She assisted attorneys with full and limited representation of domestic violence victims as a clerk for the Bexar County Family Justice Center and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
  • As the child of a Vietnam veteran, she has a personal connection to veterans and a unique understanding of the important role that legal aid may play for this population
  • She has over 10 years of experience in community organizing and working with low-income populations

Plans For First Six Months of Fellowship

In the first six months, Kristen will:

  • Identify and provide direct services to homeless veterans or those or those at-risk for homelessness in the Boston Metro area
  • Begin research for post 9/11 veteran intake system by interviewing veterans in the target group, reviewing studies, and identifying possible program options
  • Begin collaboration with site for Medical Legal Partnership and develop specific timeline for opening site at the Women’s Health Center
  • Reach out to LGBTQ groups and health centers in the area to create plan for increasing representation

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