The Veterans News Hour, 03/04/2017
The Veterans News Hour with David C. Cory and Richard Hurley
Guest, Amy Odom
Veterans News, Advocates for Veterans, Veterans Legal Advice
Ms. Amy F. Odom is the Director of Litigation for the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP). She is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. As Director of Litigation, Ms. Odom represents veterans and survivors before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and other federal courts and trains, develops, and supervises other NVLSP staff attorneys. Ms. Odom’s practice also involves mentoring and advising pro bono attorneys representing veterans and survivors through NVLSP’s Lawyers Serving Warriors® program, as well as pro bono attorneys representing appellants through the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program.
Ms. Odom has served as the Treasurer of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association and as Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Veterans Affairs Committee. She has spoken on matters related to veterans disability benefits on several occasions, including as a panelist with expertise in disability ratings for orthopedic conditions during the Twelfth Judicial Conference of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and as an expert on VA benefits for disabilities caused by military sexual trauma during the University of Missouri’s School of Law Veterans Clinic Symposium in 2014. Her publications include contributions to the 2011 and 2012 editions of the Veterans Affairs Chapter of the American Bar Association’s Developments in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, as well as to several editions of NVLSP’s Veterans Benefits Manual.
Prior to joining NVLSP in 2008, Ms. Odom served as an attorney-adviser in the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Administrative Law Judges. She is a graduate of the University of Florida Levin College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2006), where she competed on the school’s moot court team and served as a Public Interest Fellow with the Center for Government Responsibility. Ms. Odom also earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida (B.A., Political Science, cum laude, 2003).