October 18, 2013: New York State Bar Association Hosts Program For Attorneys Interested In Helping Veterans With Claims

Recognizing the many legal difficulties faced by our nation’s veterans in obtaining benefits, the New York State Bar Association is hosting a half-day Continuing Legal Education seminar on October 25 in New York City to educate attorneys on how they can help.

The program, “Veterans Benefits: Practice & Procedure at the VA & Beyond”— which also will be available to attorneys statewide via simultaneous webcast – is geared toward attorneys at all levels of experience and background who are interested in representing veterans in their claims and appeals for veterans’ benefits, such as disability, pension and medical services.

“The claims process is often time consuming and complicated. Many veterans do not have the means or experience to adequately secure the benefits to which they are rightly entitled,” said State Bar President David M. Schraver of Rochester (Nixon Peabody). “It is important that we have an adequate number of attorneys trained to assist these veterans in finding their way through the process.”

More than 2 million veterans have disability claims pending before the Veterans Benefit Administration. During the past three years, the Veterans Administration (VA) processed a record 1 million claims. The average claim takes 262 days to process (more than nine months), up from 161 days in 2009. The average Social Security claim takes 111 days.

Seminar participants will learn about the benefits available to veterans, eligibility standards, navigating the VA process, filing an appeal, meeting evidentiary standards for specific benefits, and recent changes to procedures. Instructors will be Nancy Y. Morgan of Newburgh (Finkelstein & Partners) and Felicia Pasculli of Bay Shore (The Elder Law and Special Needs Practice of Felicia Pasculli). 

The seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Concierge Conference Center in Manhattan. It also will be available via simultaneous webcast. Participating attorneys are eligible for 3 MCLE credits in Professional Practice. The program also qualifies for VA accreditation. New attorneys must attend the program in person in order to receive MCLE credit. 

The event is co-sponsored by the State Bar Association’s Committee on Veterans, the Elder Law Section’s Veterans Committee and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education.

For more information on the program and to register, visit: www.nysba.org/2013VeteransBenefits.

The New York State Bar Association, with 76,000 members, is the largest voluntary state bar association in the country. It was founded in 1876.


Contact: Mark Mahoney 
Associate Director, Media Services & Public Affairs