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MEDIA ADVISORY: MU Veterans Clinic to Host Symposium on Traumatic Brain Injury

November 12th, 2015

Story Contact: Nathan Hurst, 573-882-6217,

WHAT: The Veterans Clinic at the University of Missouri School of Law will host its second annual symposium, “Traumatic Brain Injury: Lessons Learned from Our Nation’s Athletes and Military,” that will feature professionals knowledgeable in veterans’ issues including the effects of traumatic brain injury. These professionals will discuss the relationship between injuries observed in athletes and in our nation’s service members.

WHO: Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Susan Okie, former medical reporter and national science editor of the Washington Post, will discuss, “The Aftermath of Traumatic Brain Injury in the War Zone.”

Panelists include:

  • Amy Odom, director of litigation for the National Veterans Legal Services Program
  • Alex Pracht, veteran of the U.S. Army and client of the MU School of Law Veterans Clinic
  • Shawn Lee, veteran and attorney in the law firm, Fox Stretz and Quinn
  • Eric Hart, associate clinical professor in the department of health psychology
  • Paul Anderson, attorney with The Klamann Law Firm; creator of
  • Marvin Washington, member of the 1998 Denver Broncos Super Bowl team
  • Douglas E. Abrams, associate professor of law
  • Justin Trueblood, president of the Mizzou Law Sports Society
  • Rex Sharp, associate athletic director for sports, University of Missouri Department of Athletics
  • Michael Sam, former MU defensive lineman
  • Amelia Tapp, decision review officer, St. Louis VA Regional Office

& WHERE: 8 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11
Room 7, Hulston Hall, MU Campus

NOTES: The symposium is free and open to the public. For a full schedule, please visit:

Live streaming of this event will be available at:

In the afternoon, the Veterans Clinic will host a free 3-hour continuing legal education session for attorneys and service officers discussing veterans’ benefits cases in detail.

Registration is strongly encouraged, but not required. To register, please visit: