Megan O’Leary

Megan O’Leary

(Staff) Attorney - Veteran Upgrade - Swords To Plowshares

Megan O’Leary is a Staff Attorney in Swords to Plowshares’ Legal Unit, where she represents veterans in their VA benefits claims and military discharge upgrade applications. Prior to her current role she began her career with Swords to Plowshares as the Shartsis Friese LLP Public Interest Fellow, where she focused on providing direct legal services to justice-involved veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. Megan is a graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and Saint Mary’s College of California.

Reentry Conference Event Page

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
HALL B | St. Mary's Cathedral - Event Center

Veterans Justice: Insights, Avenues and Solutions

Mick Gardner
Mick Gardner - Manager C.O.V.E.R. In-custody/Out-of-custody Program/Swords to Plowshares


Judge Michael Isaku Begert
San Francisco Veteran Justice Court and Superior Court Judge
Ron Self
Executive Director - Veterans Healing Veterans, Formerly Incarcerated
Megan O’Leary
(Staff) Attorney - Veteran Upgrade - Swords To Plowshares
Jenna Ferrara, LCSW
Veterans Administration - Veteran Justice Outreach Specialist
Tim Healy
Health Care Reentry Veterans - Peer Specialist, Formerly Incarcerated


This Veterans Justice Panel is a dedicated group comprised of legal experts, veterans' advocates, justice-impacted supervision, and representatives from relevant community-based and VA agencies. The purpose, of this panel presentation is to demonstrate the impact of collaborative service provisions that veterans receive and the fair treatment within the justice system as they address their unique legal challenges. The panel discussion will include issues such as access to legal services, diversion programs for veterans with mental health or substance abuse issues, understanding and navigating veterans' benefits, addressing life skills strategies for Veterans to gain during their in-custody tenure, and advocating for policies that support veterans' rights. Utilizing this collaboration with various stakeholders, our panel aims to promote justice, support, and rehabilitation for those who have served our country.