Justice For Vets Leadership


Scott Swaim

Division Director, Justice For Vets

Scott is a US Air Force, Gulf War Veteran, and licensed mental health counselor. During his military service, he was stationed overseas in Germany and traveled to 32 different countries as a crewmember on the C-5 Galaxy out of Dover AFB, Delaware. He earned both his Bachelors and Masters while serving on Active duty in the Air Force and then transferred to the reserves. In the civilian sector, he has managed and directed programs in community mental health for 20 years in Florida and Washington State. Most recently as Senior Director of Veteran Services at Valley Cities Counseling, and Clinical Supervisor of the Veterans Court Liaison for the Seattle Veterans Treatment Court, the Regional Veterans Treatment Court, and contractor with the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs, PTSD and War Trauma program. 


Melissa Fitzgerald

Senior Director, Justice For Vets

As an actor, Melissa is best known for her seven-year role as Carol on the NBC smash hit The West Wing, but off-screen she is widely recognized as a courageous advocate for people in need. In 2011, Melissa co-executive produced Halfway Home, a documentary featuring Vietnam veteran and former U.S. Senator Max Cleland and Silver Star recipient and Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, Sgt. Tommy Rieman joining other veterans in recounting their experience in war and their struggle to reintegrate and recover upon returning home.



David Pelletier

Project Director for the Veterans Treatment Court Planning Initiative, Justice For Vets

David Pelletier is a Marine Corps veteran who served primarily as a Legal Service Specialist with a secondary role as a marksmanship instructor.  Presently, Mr. Pelletier is the Project Director for the Veterans Treatment Court Planning Initiative at the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), responsible for assisting jurisdictions in the planning and implementation of veterans treatment courts. Mr. Pelletier also oversees the Veteran Mentor training coordinating and facilitating Boot Camps across the country.  Mr. Pelletier received his Juris Doctor from Washington and Lee University School of Law and is an admitted member of the Virginia State Bar. He received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in History with a minor in Legal Studies from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.  His work experience is criminal defense, serving as a student attorney in Washington and Lee’s Criminal Justice Clinic, and interning with the Fairfax County Public Defender Office. Prior to joining Justice For Vets he was a Volunteer Attorney and Fellow at the Arlington Public Defender Office handling misdemeanor cases.


The Veterans Treatment Court Committee


Judge Robert Russell

Presiding Judge, Buffalo (NY) Veterans Treatment Court





Judge Michael Barrasse

Presiding Judge, Scranton County (PA) Veterans Treatment Court







Judge Richard Gebelein

Army veteran and former Delaware State Attorney General






Judge Leonia Lloyd

Presiding Judge, Wayne County (MI) Veterans Treatment Court






Judge Stephen Manley

Presiding Judge, Santa Clara County (CA) Veterans Treatment Court