Nicole M. Perez is the Managing Attorney of the Veterans Justice Center. As a disabled woman from a marginalized Latino community, Nicole has dedicated her career to fighting for economic and racial justice. At LAFLA, Nicole works passionately alongside veterans with low-income and/or disabilities to advocate for government benefits, prevent veteran homelessness and access civil justice. With a law degree and Masters in Social Work, Nicole practices holistic advocacy for veterans and their families, using the support of pro bono, community, and social service partners. Nicole obtained her graduate degrees from UCLA, her undergraduate degrees in Social Welfare and Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley, and her “degree” in life skills from her kind and hardworking single father. Nicole began her legal career as a Skadden Fellow at LAFLA. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School and teaches a veterans justice practicum to upper-level law students.