Zengerle Participates in Conference on Veterans' Services

Professor Joseph Zengerle was a featured panelist at a conference presented by the John Marshall Law School Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic on November 7 and 8 in Chicago. The conference, entitled "Legal and Medical Issues Facing Our Nation's Veterans," utilized experts from the medical, legal, and military professions who discussed the legal and medical issues faced by returning service members upon their homecoming. Goals of the conference included educating the legal and medical professions, developing efficiencies and improving the quality of the services given to the nation's veterans, developing best clinical practices, and enhancing coordination between the legal and medical professions.  

Zengerle, who is Executive Director of Mason Law's Clinic for Legal Assistance to Servicemembers (CLAS), participated in a panel that discussed law school veterans clinics. CLAS remains the only clinic in American legal education to offer free civil legal assistance to active duty members of the armed forces and their families, including supervision of student cases and conduct of coursework, liaison with public agencies and private organizations, financial support and administration of staff and facilities.

Zengerle, an early and key advisor in the establishment of the John Marshall Law School Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic, has been invited to serve on the Board of Advisors for that organization.

Zengerle graduated from West Point in 1964 and became an Airborne Ranger Infantry officer, serving in Vietnam in 1968 as a special security assistant to General William Westmoreland during the Tet Offensive and then to General Creighton Abrams. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and served as assistant secretary of the Air Force (Manpower, Reserve Affairs and Installations) subsequent to a 1979 nomination to that position by President Carter.