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Student group supports veterans and breaks down civilian-military divide

January 22, 2018

The Penn Law Veterans Club promotes the unique perspective of law students who have served in the military, along with providing support to students making the transition from military to civilian life and outreach to veterans applying for law school. In this video feature, students from the organization discuss its programming and goals.



Stephanie Thistle: Penn Law Veterans Club was created in 2014 to serve as a single voice at the Law School for veteran-related issues and programming.

Chris Morales L’18: It’s made up of different service members actually at Penn Law from the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as different international militaries.

Machael Bropleh L’19: So, it’s easy for us to understand where the other person is coming from, however we’re not that similar so we can bring other ideas if someone’s going through issues that they have with law school that a typical law student wouldn’t necessarily have.

Frank Broomell L’19: This year we were able to do our first veterans week — we had events each day of the week leading up to Veterans Day. The school community really got engaged and involved. We had discussions about everything from breaking down the civilian-military divide to talking about legal challenges in the American military.

Aaron McKenney L’19: We’re looking forward to you know expanding these events moving forward, for example were working currently on developing a program to highlight female veterans. We think it’s really important to have the women be represented in our society in our community. We really believe that’s important.

Stephanie Thistle: Veterans come with a very unique perspective again just because of their experiences that they’ve been through and from their high-risk work environment, and, you know, the transition from veteran life to civilian life and you know why they choose law school why Penn Law.

Chris Morales L’18: Another thing we do is we actually help veterans who are applying to law school and applying to Penn Law in particular. We host visit days, engage in outreach to basically help those who are in the same shoes that we were when we were applying to law school.

Frank Broomell L’19: What Penn Laws has recently decided to do is to expand their yellow ribbon contribution to an unlimited amount in conjunction with the VA the school is contributing to allow veterans to attend for no cost.

Machael Bropleh L’19: I’m very happy that I made the choice to come to Penn Law. I’m very happy that I was able to meet these esteemed individuals that I have.

Aaron McKenney L’19: If you look at the legal profession, it’s a profession where people are literally trusting their lives or their livelihoods to you as their attorney. You’re working on behalf of somebody else, and there’s a great honor in doing that.