Yulanda Curtis

Clinical Professor
Veterans Legal Clinic Director


Yulanda Curtis joined the University of Illinois College of Law in 2018 to develop a new Veterans Legal Clinic, which provides free civil legal assistance to veterans and their family members. Before joining the University of Illinois, Professor Curtis taught at the University of Michigan Veterans Legal Clinic as a clinical fellow. She participated in the founding and policy formation of the University of Michigan’s Veterans Legal Clinic and served as a member of the Michigan Women Veterans Advisory Board since its inception.

In addition to her academic career, Professor Curtis has worked on issues involving administrative law and disability benefits. She worked as an Associate Counsel for the Board of Veterans Appeals (Board). During her tenure at the Board, Professor Curtis presented ideas to senior government officials regarding the need for improved consistency in employee training across the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Professor Curtis earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration with distinction from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business. She earned her JD from the University of Pittsburgh where she participated in the Legal Aid Practicum. Additionally, she is proud of her family’s history of military service. Both her parents are veterans – her mother retired from the Army after serving 20 years and her father served in the Army Reserves.


JD University of Pittsburgh
BS University of Michigan


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