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Samantha Farish

  • Hosted by The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program
  • Sponsored by AmeriCorps
  • Service location Washington, District of Columbia
  • Law school The George Washington University Law School
  • Issue area Veterans' Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Veterans Legal Corps

The Project

Samantha’s Fellowship seeks to address the ongoing legal and health needs that many veterans have, often as a result of their time in service. Veterans, their family members, caregivers, and survivors are all impacted by these needs. By providing free legal representation and referrals, she will directly improve the lives of these individuals.

As a Fellow, Samantha screens cases pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims on behalf of her host site in order to place them with volunteer attorneys, and provides direct representation in some of those cases. She also meets with veterans via a pro bono legal clinic hosted at the DC VA Medical Center. Samantha refers those veterans to a number of different partner organizations that are able to provide direct representation when she personally cannot.

The Inspiration

“As the daughter of two navy veterans, I have always had a great deal of respect for those who dedicate their time to the military. I knew that I wanted my law degree to give me the opportunity to serve litigants that are typically pro se and have limited access to justice. When I externed for my host site during law school, I realized that this is how I could do that. My favorite part of what I do is that everyone involved (the clients, the volunteer attorneys, the VA’s lawyers, the Court, etc.) have the goal of helping veterans. Even when they disagree on how to best help, they still want to help,” says Samantha.

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