As a second-year student at Rutgers Law School and member of the NJ State Bar Association Military Law and Veterans’ Affairs Section, I am passionate about serving those who have served our nation and hope to further establish the Veterans Diversion Court program in New Jersey.
Veterans and military students, alumni, and faculty at Rutgers Law School in Camden had the opportunity to network and learn about legal issues currently facing the veteran community this past October. The Veterans Law Student and Alumni Luncheon is an annual event which enables student-veterans to shake hands with other student veterans, alumni, and faculty at the law school. The primary goal of the Veterans Luncheon is to formally welcome the new first-year student veterans to the law school’s military service community. Additionally, practicing attorneys with various military service backgrounds were able to network with the student-veteran community at this event.
Nancy Morgan, former chair of the NJ State Bar Association Military Law & Veterans’ Affairs Section and partner at Finkelstein & Partners, was the keynote speaker at this year’s Luncheon. She spoke about representing veterans and the nuances it involves.
Morgan also spoke about her experiences as a career Army spouse and witnessing firsthand how her husband had to fight for his Veterans’ disability benefits. His struggles inspired her to find a way to continue to serve others by assisting Veterans who were also struggling with the process of being awarded the proper Veterans benefits they deserve. In 2008, Morgan started the Veterans’ Services Group at Finkelstein & Partners and, under her leadership, the Veterans’ Services Group has developed into a national practice which has helped hundreds of veterans.
Outside of the Law School, Rutgers University is committed to honoring the men and women who have made the commitment to serve our nation. Rutgers University students and faculty, along with alumni and staff, have served in the U.S. military since the American Revolution. The Office of Veteran and Military Programs and Services has worked hard to support Rutgers veterans and those on active duty. Programs like this are critical in helping veterans make the transition to civilian life and to make it possible for them to advance their education. Rutgers' hard work and support of veterans across the University has not gone unnoticed within the student veteran community. Rutgers University ranks #3 among all four-year colleges in a “Best for Vets” survey by Military Times, which marks the seventh consecutive year in the top five in the nation.