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Nicole M. Perez

Nicole M. Perez

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center
Los Angeles, CA, USA


Nicole is the Directing Attorney of the Veterans Justice Center at Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) is the first place thousands of poor and low income people turn to when they need legal assistance for a crisis that threatens their safety, security or shelter.  We take care of the most vulnerable people in our community: the homeless, unemployed, working poor, domestic abuse survivors, victims of torture and human trafficking, elderly, disabled, and veterans of Los Angeles, by providing free life-saving legal services.  We also provide free legal education, outreach, and self-help assistance to litigants and community members, allowing for additional access to justice.  Founded in 1929, LAFLA strives to achieve equal justice and address systemic poverty through direct representation, impact litigation, and community empowerment.   With five neighborhood offices, three domestic violence clinics and four self-help legal access centers, LAFLA serves communities as diverse as East Los Angeles, the Westside, South Los Angeles, Koreatown and Long Beach.

As a disabled woman from a marginalized Latino community, Nicole has dedicated her career to fighting for economic and racial justice. At LAFLA, Nicole works passionately alongside veterans with low-income and/or disabilities to advocate for government benefits, prevent veteran homelessness and access civil justice. With a law degree and Masters in Social Work, Nicole practices holistic advocacy for veterans and their families, utilizing the support of pro bono, community, and social service partners. Nicole obtained her graduate degrees in Law and Social Work from UCLA, her undergraduate degrees in Social Welfare and Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley, and her “degree” in life skills from her kind and hardworking single father. Nicole began her legal career as a Skadden Fellow in homelessness and government benefits advocacy at LAFLA. She is also an Adjunct Clinical Professor at Loyola Law School where she founded and continues to teach a veterans justice practicum to upper-level law students.

Nicole M. Perez is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Client-Centered Interviewing and the Importance of Professionalism - Public Interest Boot Camp, Monday, June 06, 2016
Client-Centered Interviewing - Public Interest Boot Camp 2017, Tuesday, June 06, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Client-Centered Interviewing and the Importance of Professionalism - Client-Centered Interviewing and the Importance of Professionalism, Monday, June 06, 2016
Client-Centered Interviewing - Client-Centered Interviewing, Tuesday, June 06, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Client-Centered Interviewing and the Importance of Professionalism - Client-Centered Interviewing and the Importance of Professionalism, Monday, June 06, 2016
Client-Centered Interviewing - Client-Centered Interviewing, Tuesday, June 06, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Client-Centered Interviewing and the Importance of Professionalism - Client-Centered Interviewing and the Importance of Professionalism, Monday, June 06, 2016
Client-Centered Interviewing - Client-Centered Interviewing, Tuesday, June 06, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Public Interest Boot Camp, Thursday, June 16, 2016, San Francisco, CA
Public Interest Boot Camp 2017, Tuesday, June 06, 2017, San Francisco, CA
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Sample Ratings Decision 1, Department of Veterans Affairs - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2016, Monday, November 14, 2016
VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Home Loan Guaranty, VA Guaranteed Loan - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2016, Monday, November 14, 2016
Department of Veteran Affairs Service Connected Disability Compensation (PowerPoint slides) - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2016, Monday, November 14, 2016
Sample Ratings Decision 2, Department of Veterans Affairs - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2016, Monday, November 14, 2016
VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Home Loan Guaranty, Homeless Shelter Program - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2016, Monday, November 14, 2016
Compensation and Pension Exam Notice - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2016, Monday, November 14, 2016
VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Dependents and Survivors, Burial and Plot Interment Allowance - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2016, Monday, November 14, 2016
DD214 Sample Post-9/11 Era—Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2016, Monday, November 14, 2016
Sample Statement of the Case - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2016, Monday, November 14, 2016
VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Life Insurance, Veterans Group Life Insurance - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2016, Monday, November 14, 2016
Department of Veteran Affairs Claims Procedure (PowerPoint slides) - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2016, Monday, November 14, 2016
VCAA Notice, Department of Veterans Affairs - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2016, Monday, November 14, 2016
VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Education and Training, Post-9/11 GI Bill: Factors to Consider - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2016, Monday, November 14, 2016
Sample Brief in Support of Claim for Service-Connected Disability Compensation for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Based on Military Sexual Trauma - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2016, Monday, November 14, 2016
Special Issues in VA Disability Benefits Representation (PowerPoint slides) - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2016, Monday, November 14, 2016
VA Accreditation FAQ, How to Apply for VA Accreditation as an Attorney or Claims Agent - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2016, Monday, November 14, 2016
DD214 Blank—Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2016, Monday, November 14, 2016
Sample Character of Service Determination Brief - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2016, Monday, November 14, 2016
Board of Veterans Appeals Decision - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2016, Monday, November 14, 2016
§ 4.130 Schedule of Ratings—Mental Disorders - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2016, Monday, November 14, 2016
§4.124a Schedule of Ratings—Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2016, Monday, November 14, 2016
VA21a, Application for Accreditation as a Claim Agent or Attorney, Department of Veterans Affairs - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2016, Monday, November 14, 2016
VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services, Education and Career Counseling - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2016, Monday, November 14, 2016
Introduction to Benefits for Veterans with Disabilities (PowerPoint slides) - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2016, Monday, November 14, 2016
PTSD and Substance Use Disorders in Veterans—National Center for PTSD - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2016, Monday, November 14, 2016
§4.130—Scheduling of Ratings—Mental Disorders - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2017, Monday, November 13, 2017
§4.124a—Schedule of Ratings—Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2017, Monday, November 13, 2017
Introduction to Benefits for Veterans with Disabilities (PowerPoint slides) - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2017, Monday, November 13, 2017
Eligibility Determination, Amended on July 27, 2017, VHA Directive 1601A.02, Department of Veteran Affairs - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2017, Monday, November 13, 2017
VA Statement Form—Statement in Support of Claim for Service Connection for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2017, Monday, November 13, 2017
Underserved: How the VA Wrongfully Excludes Veterans with Bad Paper, March 2016 - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2017, Monday, November 13, 2017
Special Disabilities, Interaction Between VA Benefits & Other Public Benefits (PowerPoint slides) - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2017, Monday, November 13, 2017
VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Life Insurance, Veterans Group Life Insurance - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2017, Monday, November 13, 2017
VA Statement Form—Statement in Support of Claim for Service Connection for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Secondary to Personal Assault - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2017, Monday, November 13, 2017
VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Dependents and Survivors, Burial and Plot Interment Allowance - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2017, Monday, November 13, 2017
Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades, and Veteran Cultural Competency Program Introduction (PowerPoint slides) - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2017, Monday, November 13, 2017
VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Claims for VA Benefits and Character of Discharge, General Information - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2017, Monday, November 13, 2017
Battle for Benefits: VA Discrimination Against Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2017, Monday, November 13, 2017
VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Home Loan Guaranty, Homeless Shelter Program - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2017, Monday, November 13, 2017
VA Accreditation FAQ, How to Apply for VA Accreditation as an Attorney or Claims Agent - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2017, Monday, November 13, 2017
VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services, Education and Career Counseling - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2017, Monday, November 13, 2017
Evan R. Seamone and David M. Traskey, Maximizing VA Benefits for Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma: A Practical Guide for Survivors and Their Advocates, Columbia Journal of Gender and Law - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2017, Monday, November 13, 2017
VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Home Loan Guaranty, VA Guaranteed Loan - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2017, Monday, November 13, 2017
VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Education and Training, Post-9/11 GI Bill: Factors to Consider - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2017, Monday, November 13, 2017
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Better Serving Older or Disabled Veterans: A special session on the intersections between Veterans Benefits, Social Security, and Medicaid (Free), Monday, December 18, 2017, San Francisco, CA
Pro Bono  Pro Bono Better Serving Older or Disabled Veterans: A Special Session on the Intersections between Veterans Benefits, Social Security, and Medicaid (Free), Monday, December 18, 2017, San Francisco, CA
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