M-VETS Student-Advisors Awarded Public Service and Outstanding Student Awards

Former M-VETS student-advisors were recently awarded the Emerging Leader in Public Service award and the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) Outstanding Student Award. M-VETS student-advisor Jamesian D. Emmanuel was awarded the Antonin Scalia Law School Emerging Leader in Public Service award for his contributions in public service while attending Scalia Law, while M-VETS student-advisor C.J. Nee was awarded the CLEA Outstanding Student Award for his excellence in the clinical and classroom components of M-VETS.

Jamesian received the Emerging Leader in Public Service Award given to a graduating student who has engaged in public service work during their law school career and plans to continue public service work upon graduation. During his time at Scalia Law, Mr. Emmanuel was employed as a Police Officer for Northern Virginia Community College, presided as the President of the Military Law Society for two academic semesters, performed duties as a student-advisor for two academic semesters assisting veterans, military members and their dependents in M-VETS, and volunteered as an intern for the Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs.  Since graduation, Mr. Emmanuel has continued his public serve in a leadership position and has accepted an active duty commission in the Judge Advocate General’s Corp as an officer in the United States Air Force.

C.J. was awarded the CLEA Outstanding Student Award for his demonstrated excellence in the clinical and classroom components of M-VETS. The award honors one law student at each law school who has excelled in a clinical course. The award is given annually at the completion of the academic year for excellence in both the field work component of the clinical course and excellence in the seminar component of the clinical course determined by the quality of the student’s thoughtfulness and self-reflection in exploring the legal, ethical, strategic, and other pertinent issues raised in the particular clinic. C.J.’s dedication to the M-VETS program, its clients, and his understanding of the importance of helping those who have served our country in uniform has made a lasting impact in the lives of the clinic’s clients.  His work on behalf of the clinic has directly increased access to justice for the military and veteran community.

Jamesian and C.J., Bravo Zulu!