Staff

Coco Culhane is the founder and director of the Veteran Advocacy Project at the Urban Justice Center. She is an adjunct professor of clinical law at Brooklyn Law School, where she teaches the Veterans' Rights Clinic. Culhane sits on Senator Gillibrand's Service Academy Selection Committee, a panel that makes recommendations for the senator's academy nominations, and she is also a founding advisor to the NYC Veterans Alliance. From 2011-2013 she was an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by the CIGNA Foundation and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.  She was formerly on the Steering Committee of the Veterans' Mental Health Coalition and chaired the Communications Committee in New York City for two years. She has presented on veterans' legal issues and conducted trainings for attorneys, social workers, and students at conferences across the country. Culhane received a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, where she was the symposium editor of the Brooklyn Law Review and 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.

Rob Cuthbert is the pro bono coordinator of the Veteran Advocacy Project and manages our military discharge upgrade clinic (“DUC”). He is a United States Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Prior to his military service, he was an investigative intern at the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Clinic at Georgetown Law and a full-time investigator at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. After completing his active duty military obligation, Rob interned at the Yale Law School Veterans Legal Services Clinic, where he co-authored “Casting Troops Aside: The United States Military’s Illegal Personality Discharge Problem” for Vietnam Veterans of America. Rob holds a B.A. with honors from the University of Chicago, and from 2011-2012 was a (non-degree) special student in the Yale University Department of History. Rob is a steering committee member of the Yale Veterans Association and was the secretary of the University of Chicago Military Affinity Group.

Robert Greer is a housing attorney with the Veteran Advocacy Project.  He has worked in housing law, consumer law, and environmental law with various nonprofits in New York City. A California native, he is a graduate of U.C.L.A. (Political Science B.A., 2008) and the University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 2013).

Charles Western is the intake advocate at the Veteran Advocacy Project. Prior to working at VAP, Charles worked at the Office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand where he specialized in Military and Veterans Affairs. He has also worked at the Human Rights Division of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. Charles has a B.A. in International Relations from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.