Veterans Law, Jon Stewart, and a Challenge for the Legal Academy

43 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2013

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James D. Ridgway

George Washington University - Law School

Date Written: June 2, 2013


This is a collection of 20 posts made as a guest blogger on the Faculty Lounge in June 2013. These posts were written to generally introduce veterans law to legal academics unfamiliar with the area and to point out important issues in the field in need of further study. The theme of the posts is that veterans law is far less than the sum of its parts. Despite countless “veteran friendly” rules and procedures, the process suffers from severe system effects that produce unsatisfactory results. Accordingly, it is a system that is in desperate need of experts in the underlying areas to examine how the system handles evidence, causation, pleading, discovery, separation of powers, and many other issues. As Jon Stewart nicely expressed: The veterans benefits system is crucial to anyone who supports a substantial role for the administrative state, because if you cannot make this system work with all the political support and funding it has, then how can you expect anyone to believe that government can solve actual controversial problems?

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Ridgway, James D., Veterans Law, Jon Stewart, and a Challenge for the Legal Academy (June 2, 2013). Available at SSRN: or

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