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Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2017

 
Author(s): Elizabeth A. Hom, Barbara Saavedra
Practice Area: Health Care, Litigation, Pro Bono
Published: Nov 2017
ISBN: N/A
PLI Item #: 181019
CHB Spine #: 104

Elizabeth A. Hom is a Program Supervisor at the State Bar of California, Office of Access & Inclusion where she is responsible for grant administration, and works with the legal services community and other stakeholders including providers, pro bono programs, lawyer referral services, law firms, law schools, bar associations, and courts to develop, coordinate, and support policy and innovation to improve access to justice, and diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Prior to joining the State Bar, from 2015-2017, Elizabeth served as Pro Bono Counsel at Bay Area Legal Aid, where she managed the firm’s pro bono projects portfolio, which reached across a seven county region. Her responsibilities included stewarding law firms and corporate legal departments to develop pro bono projects that ranged from legal clinics to affirmative and impact litigation opportunities. Elizabeth also managed recruitment, training programs, and support for law clerks, interpreters and other volunteers. From 2004-2015, Elizabeth served in various roles at the Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA,) including as Director of Access Programs, where she oversaw the Lawyer Referral Service and the ACBA Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (VLSC,) the pro bono arm of the ACBA. Elizabeth was responsible for developing and improving pro bono projects, building strong relationships with local legal services providers, the court, and the private bar as well as fiscal oversight, including budget monitoring, developing and executing a diverse fund development plan, and grants management. Elizabeth has also worked extensively on board relations, board development, and strategic planning, and is a graduate of the OneJustice Executive Fellowship Program for Nonprofit Management. Elizabeth is committed to developing, evaluating, and shaping policy and programs to promote and advance social justice. Elizabeth participates regularly in regional and statewide pro bono forums. She has served on the board of directors for Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA), and on the American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Standards Review Team.

Elizabeth holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Legal Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Juris Doctor and a Masters in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago.


Barbara Saavedra is a Senior Staff Attorney at Swords to Plowshares, a community-based non- profit organization that provides case management, employment and training, housing, and legal assistance to veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Her background includes complex civil and criminal litigation and a specialty in the development and presentation of evidence related to PTSD and other mental health conditions.