Tuesday, November 27, 2007

CLEs and other training programs for lawyers....

Training programs for lawyers seeking to provide services for veterans (going beyond representations to the VA) go in this thread.

Here's one to start with:

"Lawyers For Warriors" Dec 27 noon-5p.m. at the Washington State Bar Association
Hosted by the WSBA Peace Through Law Section, cosponsored by the WSBA Legal Assistance to Military Personnel (LAMP) Section.

Video and handouts available free http://www.rewinn.com/9893.html

Helping with VA Claims.

One large category of legal need is working with the Federal Veterans Administration (VA).

"The U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals (now "U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims") asked Congress to reallocate part of the Court’s own budget for representation for needy claimants. A consortium of four organizations received a grant to operate a pro bono programto recruit attorneys willing to volunteer to represent needy individuals at the Court. See:

Meanwhile, USAToday reports a multitude of efforts to help with these claims. Are they pro bono or in expectation of fee-on-success? Either way, it's noteworthy:

Why Lawyers for Warriors?

Among those hardest hit by America's wars are the troops themselves, veterans and their families.

Few of us will give up our law practice to build schools in Afghanistan or judge in a war crimes commission, but nearly all of us who are in the law-and-justice arena will serve veterans. (Throughout this blog, when I refer to "vets" I mean to include active duty troops and their families; it's just clumsy to keep listing them all. Sorry!)

The need is huge. The JAG corps is reportedly overloaded and, at any rate, limited in what it does (e.g. it doesn't due civil law or much of anything for veterans and families.)

This blog collects and discusses resources for meeting this large need. Some general categories include:
  • Training and networking lawyers (CLEs, etc.)
  • Promoting pro bono services
  • Enable self-help, both in the form of teach-ins for veterans, and in helping veterans through the long process of becoming lawyers themselves, so that they may better serve their buddies.
Have you got a CLE, a link, a resource, an idea? Let's see it now!

Show us what you got!