Monday, April 29, 2013

May 17/Bellevue, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland OR +Anchorage, AK : Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program Training

This program provides training free of charge to attorneys who agree to counsel and/or represent a veteran/VA claimant or family member before the Veterans Court. As well as receiving the day-long training, attorneys who participate are assigned a case that has been screened for merit and provided a screening memo outlining the issues in the case. Volunteers are also assigned a mentor (a practicing veterans’ law lawyer or practitioner) to give advice and share sample pleadings. Attorney
s also receive the Veterans Benefits Manual (VBM) and other resource materials.
Attorneys who participate receive free training in exchange for a commitment to handle at least one appeal that is before the Veterans Court. Attorneys with little or no prior veterans’ law experience are generally able to capably represent an appellant before the Veterans Court provided they attend the training seminar and maintain contact with their mentor. Most cases can be completed in 50 to 60 hours; many cases may require fewer hours. A typical case lasts about 1 year from the time that the attorney enters the case. Some cases may be resolved more quickly and some may take longer.
These trainings tend to fill up quickly, so register asap.
The in-person training is in Seattle; recently webcasts of this training have been added in five other West Coast cities. All volunteers should register through the online form (which has "Seattle" in the title) and then contact the Program to indicate your actual city, if other than Seattle, at
Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program Training
May 17, 2013
9:00AM to 5:00PM
Offices of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP:

  • Anchorage: 188 West Northern Lights Blvd. #1100, Anchorage, AK
  • Bellevue, WA: 777 108th Avenue NE, Suite 2300, Bellevue, WA
  • Los Angeles: Suite 2400, 865 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA
  • Portland, OR: Suite 2400, 1300 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR
  • San Francisco: Suite 800, 505 Montgomery Street; San Francisco, CA
  • Seattle: Suite 2200, 1201 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA.
Registration is open!
  • Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program
  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • American Health Lawyers Association.
These trainings have always featured a great many free CLE credit recognized in most or all mandatory CLE states.