Editor’s Notes: This is a MUST WATCH for everyone who has anything to do with veterans in the criminal justice system. Warning: Brock’s presentation contains real Iraqi & Afghanistan war images, which some might find disturbing, that are intended to show some of the real-world battlefield situations in which veterans get PTSD and TBI. Finally, this video is in HD. The best way to watch it is on your smart TV using the YouTube app.
Brock Hunter is a criminal defense attorney who handles all types of criminal cases in the state and federal courts.
Brock is the lead editor and co-author of the just-released book, The Attorney’s Guide to Defending Veterans in Criminal Court.
He is also the co-founder and President of the Veterans Defense Project – a non-profit dedicated to advocating and educating for veterans in the justice system (more information available at http://veteransdefenseproject.org.)
Brock is also a former U.S. Army Recon Scout who focuses his practice on defending psychologically injured veterans in the criminal courts and advocating for reforms in the way the justice system deals with them.
Brock helped draft and lead passage of Minnesota’s Veterans Sentencing Mitigation Act, Minn. Stat. 609.115, Subd. 10., which was subsequently cited in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Porter v. McCollum, 130 S. Ct. 447, at 455, n.9 (2009), the Court’s first to address combat trauma in criminal sentencing.
Brock has since helped pass similar veteran sentencing legislation in other states, has been called on to brief the Obama Presidential Transition Team, and has spoken to leadership of the Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs on more effective ways to address troubled veterans who commit crimes.
Brock has also trained thousands of attorneys, judges, law enforcement officers, and mental health professionals across the country on these same issues.
Brock has served as the President and Legislative Chair for the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) and received its Special Achievement Award in 2009.
Brock also received the 2011 Professional Excellence Award, the Minnesota State Bar Association’s “most prestigious award, in recognition of outstanding efforts to advance the legal profession and the administration of justice.”
Brock has been annually selected by his peers as a “Rising Star” (2006 – 2009) and a “Superlawyer” (2011 – 2014).