Amanda Agwuegbo is a legal advocate at the Veteran Advocacy Project. She strongly believes in bridging the legal accessibility gap and providing access to legal services to minority communities. Amanda received her B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University in 2021 and has worked for various non-profits and local government agencies during her time at Rutgers and after.
Connie Cabrera is a administrative volunteer at the Veteran Advocacy Project.
Coco Culhane is the founder and executive director of the Veteran Advocacy Project. She is also an adjunct professor of clinical law at Brooklyn Law School, where she teaches the Veterans’ Rights Clinic and seminar. She sits on several advisory boards, including the New York State Discharge Upgrade Advisory Board and the Veterans’ Mental Health Coalition Advisory Board; she is a founding advisor to the NYC Veterans Alliance and has served on Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s service academy selection committees each year since 2014. After launching VAP as a part of the Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center in 2010, Coco received an Equal Justice Works Fellowship sponsored by the CIGNA Foundation and Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP. She started expanding VAP and its services and eventually spun off the project to form an independent not-for-profit.
Coco has presented on veterans’ legal issues and conducted trainings for attorneys, social workers, and students at conferences across the country. She received a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, where she was the symposium editor of the Brooklyn Law Review and co-president of the student health law association. Prior to law school she was an editor at The New Republic for six years. She received a B.A. in English from Wesleyan University.
Robin Emmanuelli is a senior staff attorney at the Veteran Advocacy Project. She brings 30-plus years’ experience as a housing attorney to VAP. Robin held various positions in the New York City Civil Court, Housing Part, before retiring after 26 years of service. Upon retirement from the Court, Robin commenced not-for-profit work and spent two and a half years each at The Neighborhood Association for International Affairs (NAICA) and the Urban Justice Center (UJC). Robin is a member of the New York City Bar Association, where she has served on the Housing Committee, and is admitted to practice in New York State and the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.
Brent Filbert is the Director of Military Law at VAP. From 2018 to 2021, Brent served as the Clinical Director at the Veterans Clinic at the University of Missouri School of Law, where he established the Veteran Clinic’s discharge upgrade program and oversaw all upgrade cases. In addition to teaching veterans and law and trial advocacy, Brent also represented veterans in VA disability compensation appeals, prepared and submitted amicus briefs in important veterans law cases, and put together an annual national symposium on veterans law issues.
Prior to joining the Veterans Clinic, Brent spent 30 years as an attorney in the military and in private practice. He served as Appellate Defense Counsel and Judge for the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals; he was a prosecutor and defense counsel in military criminal trials; and he worked as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Brent retired as a Navy Captain in 2018. In private practice, Brent served as litigation counsel for Hughes, Hubbard & Reed, and a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon, working as a litigation attorney on product liability and toxic tort cases. He is an undergrad alum of University of Missouri (with honors), and received his J.D. (with distinction) at University of Missouri – Kansas City. Brent is also a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College – College of Naval Command and Staff, and has an LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple University School of Law.
Amy Hozer-Weber is the Director of the Civil Practice at the Veteran Advocacy Project. Prior to joining the VAP, Amy was a Support Magistrate in Brooklyn Family Court where she presided over child support, spousal support, and paternity matters. Previously, Amy was the Project Director of the Mobile Legal Help Center at the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG). Amy held numerous positions at NYLAG, including senior attorney in the Matrimonial & Family Law Unit where she represented survivors of intimate partner violence in family, matrimonial, and immigration law matters.
Amy has presented on family law and access to justice issues and conducted trainings for attorneys, students, doctors, and social workers. Earlier in her career, Amy was a staff attorney at the Family Center and an associate at the Consumer Law Center. Amy received her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law where she was the co-symposium editor of the Connecticut Law Review and she is an undergrad alum of the University of Pennsylvania.
Felicia Mullaney is the Acting Director of VA Claims at the Veteran Advocacy Project. Prior to joining VAP, Felicia was the Director of Veterans Benefits at Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA).
Felicia served in the United States Army as a mechanic from 2005-2009, including service in Iraq from 2006-2007. After separating, Felicia used her Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits to earn a B.A. from the University of Maryland and a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law. With a drive to serve underrepresented populations, Felicia began her legal career at the American Legion, advocating for veterans in disability compensation appeals before the VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals. Felicia soon joined VVA as a National Appellate Attorney and then as the Deputy Director of Veterans Benefits, overseeing the screening, training, and compliance for over 500 Veteran Service Officers. As the Director of Veterans Benefits, Felicia spent four years overseeing VVA’s legal team, which prioritized the cases of unsheltered, senior, and terminally ill veterans, along with claims on behalf of veterans’ survivors.
Felicia is pursuing an Executive M.B.A. from University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business and expects to graduate in June 2023. She is passionate about expanding quality representation for underrepresented veterans in VA disability claims and uses a combination of skills learned in her M.B.A. and her legal background to explore new ways to serve veterans. Outside of work Felicia enjoys beekeeping and spending time in nature.
Jarmeika Taylor is a staff attorney at the Veteran Advocacy Project. As an Iraq War Veteran who served twelve years in the Army National Guard, Jarmeika continues her service by ensuring other veterans have access to the benefits they earned. She participated in the Veterans Legal Assistance Program during law school and has worked on veterans law cases at several organizations; just prior to joining VAP, she was a staff attorney at Indiana Legal Services. Jarmeika received her J.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Law and her B.S. in Human Resources and an M.S. in Organizational Leadership both from the Indiana Institute of Technology.
Katelyn Vaiana is a staff attorney at the Veteran Advocacy Project. She is passionate about providing access to mental health and legal services to underserved populations. Prior to law school, Katelyn spent several years working with veterans at the Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk in their homelessness prevention program, Supportive Services for Veterans’ Families (SSVF).
Katelyn received her J.D. from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and her B.S. in Social Work from Stony Brook University, where she graduated summa cum laude. During law school, Katelyn participated in both the Veterans Law and Asylum Clinics, and she was an associate editor of the Hofstra Law Review, where her note on creating medical exceptions to the Controlled Substances Act was published in 2020.