Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Advocate Training (Free!)

If you're interested in advocating for veterans, get free training from the National Veterans Legal Service Program. From its website:
"From the very beginning, one of NVLSP’s primary missions has been to train advocates in veterans law so that they can efficiently help veterans secure benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

During the last 26 years, we have conducted training programs for groups of non-attorney advocates as well as groups of attorneys.

On a continuing basis, NVLSP trains service officers from major service organizations – The American Legion, The Military Order of the Purple Heart and Vietnam Veterans of America. We have also developed and conducted training programs for other groups of non-attorneys in a wide variety of organizations including The National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs, The National Association of County Veterans Service Officers, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, AMVETS, and state and county departments of veterans affairs.

Additionally, NVLSP regularly trains attorneys as part of the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program. We have also developed and conducted training programs for attorneys in organizations including The Legal Services Corporation, The National Legal Aid and Defender Association, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and state bar associations.

In-Person Training Sessions

Whether you are seeking training for non-attorney advocates or attorneys, we will work with you to customize a training program that meets the needs of your organization. We are available to conduct one-day to four-day training sessions.

For further information or to schedule training, please contact Ronald B. Abrams, Esq. at ron_abrams@nvlsp.org
Correspondence Courses Also Available
If you don't require in-person training, consider NVLSP's Correspondence Advocate Training Programs."
Getting some of this free training should be a no-brainer. Hosting such a program can be a way to buildup your local bar association or group of law firms while improving your capacity to serve this underserved population. Check it out!

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