CAVC Judicial Conference Scholarship Competition


We are proud to present the winners of our Judicial Conference Scholarship competition. We were humbled to receive many deserving applications and had an unenviable job of selecting the following winners. Please make them welcome at the conference this month!

CAVC Bar Association/Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program Scholarship Recipients – 2019

Meghan Brooks is a third-year student at Yale Law School, where she is a member of the Veterans Legal Services Clinic.  As part of her work with the clinic, she argued rebuttal on a motion for class certification before CAVC in Skaar v. Wilkie.  After graduation, she will be working at the New York Legal Assistance Group as a Justice Catalyst Fellow, and her work will include bringing strategic litigation on behalf of low-income veterans, including at CAVC.

Allyson Brown is a student at the University of Missouri Law School, where she has worked in the Veterans Clinic.  Her work there has included VA disability benefits appeals, requests for discharge upgrades, and applications for Purple Heart and other awards. Upon graduation, she plans on serving Veterans in rural Southeast Missouri, one of the most underserved are of the state in terms of veterans’ resources and programs.

Adam Duso is a second-year law student at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.  Prior to law school, he served a 4-year enlistment as an Army medic.  He helped start the Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic at his law school, where he has worked on issues affecting local and regional veterans including in coordination with national groups such as The Veterans Consortium and state organizations such as Florida legal aid clinics and veterans resource centers.

Bryan Medema is a third-year student at the George Washington School of Law.  His note for the Public Contracts Law Journal focused on accountability in private examinations conducted under contract with VA in connection with disability benefits claims.  He competed in the National Veterans Law Moor Court Competition in 2017 and 2018, receiving best brief awards and overall runner up honors in the latter.  He has also worked at NVLSP for the past two years.

Justin North is a third-year student at the Notre Dame Law School.  Prior to law school, he served as an enlisted Marine for 3 years, spent 4 years as a midshipman at the US Naval Academy, and then served as a Marine Officer from May 2010 to August 2017.  He is President of the Military and Veterans Law Society and is opening a cost-free legal aid clinic for veterans in the local community.  He also served in the South Bend County Court’s “Vet-Court” as a Veteran Mentor.

Sam Stender is a third-year student at the University of Iowa College of Law.  He is a Marine Office who spent 6 years on active duty and still serves in the US Marine Corps Reserve.  He was an intern for Judge O’Malley of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, a position in which he worked on cases involving veterans’ law, and after graduation he will be working as an associate at Mayer Brown, where he will continue to represent veterans pro bono in their CAVC appeals.

Jarmeika Taylor is a second-year law student at the Southern Illinois University School of Law.  She served in the Army National Guard for 12 years, and this service included deployment in support of Hurricane Katrina relief and to Balad, Iraq. Since the summer of 2018 she has worked in her law school’s Veterans Legal Assistance Program, which has included work on VA disability benefits appeals and other legal matters such as apportionment claims, property issues, and guardianships. She is President of the Military Law Society.


The CAVC Bar Association, in partnership with The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, is pleased to announce a scholarship competition for law student applicants to attend the CAVC’s 14thJudicial Conference.  Selected scholarship recipients will receive paid registration ($290 value) and a travel stipend (up to$500 for those outside the Washington, DC metropolitan area).

This is a two-day conference to be held on April 11 and 12, 2019,at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.  Scholarship recipients will also receive free registration to the Bar Association’s half-day component which will immediately follow in the afternoon on April 12.

The CAVC Judicial Conference, which is expected to sell out, is held every three years and is an important opportunity for veterans law practitioners in all sectors (e.g., government, private sector, non-profit) to discuss issues facing today’s veterans.  The conference will include presentations from notable authorities in the field of veterans law. Past keynote speakers have included prior VA Secretaries and U.S. Supreme Court Justices.  More information regarding the conference may be found at

Students are encouraged to consult with their law school to determine if additional funds are available to subsidize travel costs.

Eligibility and Entry Requirements:

To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled at an ABA accredited law school. To enter, applicants must submit a written submission (about two pages).

In your written submission, please identify your name and law school.  Also describe any experience in veterans law or military service and state your personal interest in the field of veterans law or attending the conference.  In so doing, we suggest you also discuss one of the following topics:  (1) a challenge that the field faces or will face going forward, (2) a development in veterans law that interests you, or (3) the personal impact that you see yourself making in the field of veterans law.

Only one entry is permitted per applicant.

Entries must be transmitted via email for consideration to, with the email subject line “CAVC Judicial Conference Scholarship Application.” The deadline for all entries is Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 11:59pm EST. The selected recipients will be notified on or after February 25, 2019, and will then be able to register free of charge for the two-day conference.  (Registration deadline is March 1, 2019.)  Good luck!

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