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Neff Assumes Leadership of Clinic for Legal Assistance to Servicemembers

Laurie Forbes Neff assumed leadership of George Mason University School of Law’s Clinic for Legal Assistance to Servicemembers (CLAS) in July 2011.

A service-disabled veteran, Neff served in the United States Marine Corps at MCAGCC Twenty-Nine Palms and MCB Camp Butler, Okinawa, in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. 

Neff grew up a member of a military family, as her father served the nation for 26 years in the U.S. Navy.  She is married to a former E-2C Naval Flight Officer (USNA ’95) and was a military spouse for eight years. Neff retains many ties with and commitments to the military community that has had such a profound influence on her life.  

“Having worked at the law school for the past six years, I have had the chance to see firsthand the incredible work the Clinic does for servicemembers and their families,” says Neff. “I am privileged to have the opportunity to continue and expand on that work as the new director and hope that the Clinic provides Mason Law students not only a glimpse of real-life practice, but also an opportunity to give back to those who give so much.”

Prior to becoming director of CLAS, Neff was the Senior Assistant Director, Career Services, for the School of Law. Her professional career also includes practicing as an associate in the commercial litigation group of McGuireWoods, LLP in Tysons Corner and the litigation and family law sections of Wolcott Rivers Gates in Virginia Beach.

Neff graduated cum laude from the Pepperdine University School of Law, where she was lead articles editor for the Pepperdine Law Review. Following her graduation from law school, Neff served as a law clerk to the Honorable John C. Morrison and the Honorable Joseph A. Leafe in the Fourth Judicial Circuit, Norfolk, Virginia. She is a member of the Virginia Bar.

Neff becomes director of the Clinic subsequent to the retirement of Joseph C. Zengerle, founder and first Executive Director of CLAS, who serves as Senior Advisor.