Yelena Duterte is the Lecturer and Director of Syracuse University College of Law’s Veterans Legal Clinic. Yelena joined Syracuse in January 2015 from The John Marshall Law School, where she was the Assistant Director of the nationally recognized Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic (VLSC).
As Assistant Director, Yelena managed over fifteen students and a caseload of over 100 cases, each semester. Yelena is knowledgeable in the benefits process before Department of Veterans Affairs, including appeals to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Yelena has also worked on cases that include Servicemembers Civil Relief Act and family law.
During her tenure at the VLSC, Yelena worked under a Department of Justice grant in federal and state court. Yelena helped veterans facing criminal charges in Cook County’s felony Veterans Treatment Court program and Northern District of Illinois’ Federal Enclave Misdemeanor court call.
Yelena regularly speaks on veterans law topics and provides training to other law schools on creating successful veterans clinics.