Saturday, January 21, 2012

Last Week's free CLE Newsletter...

I'm a little behind on posting this stuff, so the webinars have passed. Blame the snow LOL! The newsletter itself went out to subscribers on the date shown, and I'll have the new one up here Monday-ish.
BTW that "Driver Distraction" program is well worth listening to, even if you're uninterested in the law; it's full of useful things about driving that are new within the past 10 years. Avoiding that moment of inattention that could kill you would make the program worth it!
4freeCLE: The Free CLE Newsletter!Jan 16, 2012
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The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program 

The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program provides training free of charge to attorneys who agree to represent a veteran/VA claimant or family member before the Veterans Court.
In 1991, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims had a large pro se caseload and asked Congress to reallocate part of its own budget to secure representation for needy claimants. Now a  consortium of four organizations (The American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, National Veterans Legal Services Program, and Paralyzed Veterans of America) receive a grant to operate the Pro Bono Program. After the day-long training, attorneys who participate are assigned
  • A case that has been screened for merit
  • A screening memo outlining the issues in the case
  • A mentor (a practicing veterans' law lawyer or practitioner) to give advice and share sample pleadings
  • A Veterans Benefits Manual (VBM) and other resource materials.   
The main benefit of volunteering to represent a veteran in an appeals case is that the veteran will receive the help he or she needs to prove entitlement to VA benefits. The Program also offers other advantages:
  • The Program provides one of the few opportunities to obtain appellate litigation experience while performing pro bono service. Most cases involve appellate brief writing and some cases may involve oral argument.
  • Representation before the Court can provide an opportunity to make new law since the Court is still relatively new and cases may present issues of first impression.
  • The Program provides significant support and training to ensure that your time is used effectively. Cases are prescreened for merit in advance of assignment; volunteer attorneys are quickly oriented to the case with a memorandum describing the facts and legal issues; further assistance is available from the assigned mentor; volunteer attorneys participate in an in-depth full-day training seminar by experts and receive a detailed practice manual.
  • Malpractice insurance is provided.
  • CLE credits are available.
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