Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Veterans Advocacy Pro Bono Grants: Dec 15 Deadline

2009 ABA Enterprise Fund Veterans Advocacy Pro Bono Project

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans passed on this alert:
"The ABA Commission on Law and Aging, together with the Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, the Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, the Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services, Division of Bar Services, the Senior Lawyers Division, and the Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service's Center on Pro Bono, are pleased to announce the 2009 ABA Enterprise Fund Veterans Advocacy Pro Bono Project. The project is awarding up to four grants of $5000 each to states with emeritus attorney pro bono practice rules to establish pilot programs to provide veterans with pro bono legal assistance through a state emeritus attorney pro bono program.

The deadline for submitting applications is December 15. To read the full grant announcement and request for proposal, click here. If you have questions, email EFVeteransProject@staff.abanet.org and someone will reply to you shortly."

More about the program from the grant announcement:
"This 2-year project consists of establishing pilot programs in up to four states with emeritus attorney pro bono practice rules. (For a list of states with rules and contact information, go to: http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/probono/emeritus.html.) The pilot programs will assist veterans in getting pro bono legal assistance during the benefits application and claims process, or during the appeals process, through an emeritus attorney pro bono program. If a veteran is ineligible for pro bono services from the emeritus attorney pro bono program, or if an emeritus pro bono attorney is not available, the pilot program will assist the veteran with obtaining a referral to a non-emeritus pro bono attorney through the ABA Administrative Law Section Veterans Affairs Pro Bono Committee.

The project will also provide one substantive law training program that meets the VA
CLE accreditation requirements, using either a video or web-based format that will be available for replay, or make CLE materials available to the pilot projects. Information on the attorney accreditation process and the CLE requirements are available at: http://www.va.gov/ogc/accred_faqs.asp.

The project will also provide technical assistance in the preparation of outreach and
recruitment materials and the development of a state emeritus attorney pro bono program..."

Thanks NCHV !

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