Veterans CLE 2015

VA Benefits and an Aging Veteran Population

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
9:30am - 3:00pm

Legal Services NYC
40 Worth Street, Ste 606
New York, NY

4.5 Transitional CLE Credits in Professional Practice
[Under New York’s MCLE rule, this program has been approved for all attorneys, including newly admitted.]

Sponsored by:

The New York State Bar Association's Committee on Veterans
Legal Services NYC's Veterans Justice Project

Program Description:

Presented by the New York State Bar Association Committee on Veterans and hosted by the Legal Services NYC Veterans Justice Project, this CLE presents an overview of benefits available for qualified veterans through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The program will examine eligibility criteria for service connected disability benefits and VA pensions, and the process for appealing unfavorable decisions. The program also will address legal issues facing aging veterans as they plan for retirement and end of life issues. This course will meet attendees initial first year CLE requirements and any ongoing CLE requirements on veterans benefits law and procedures required every two years (see, 38 C.F.R. § 14.629). This program is presented free of charge. Space is very limited.

Topics:

  1. Representation Before the Department of Veterans Affairs
  2. VA Compensation Benefits
  3. VA Pension Benefits (38 U.S.C. Chapter 15)
  4. Legal Issues Facing Aging Veterans

Presenters:

Nancy Morgan, Esq.- Director of Legal Operations, Finkelstein & Partners, LLP
Christine Clemens, Esq.- Managing Attorney, Pro Bono Outreach, Veterans’ Services Group Finkelstein & Partners, LLP
Peter Kempner, Esq.- Veterans Litigation Coordinator and Senior Staff Attorney, Legal Services NYC – Veterans Justice Project
Sally Deluca, Esq.- Senior Staff Attorney, Legal Services NYC – Veterans Justice Project
Jeffery G. Abrant, Esq.- Partner, Goldfarb, Abrant, Salzman & Kutzin, LLP

Important Information:

This CLE qualifies for VA Accreditation. You must receive your accreditation prior to this CLE for the CLE to be used for accreditation compliance.  

The process to apply for accreditation currently takes 45-120 days, on average. The requirements to obtain and maintain accreditation are detailed in 38 C.F.R. §14.629. To become an accredited attorney, you must first complete and submit an application (VA Form 21a). The application can be downloaded at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/va/pdf/VA21a.pdf. Accreditation applications may be mailed to the address indicated on the form, faxed to the Office of the General Counsel (022D) at (202) 273-0197, or attached (as a pdf file) to an e-mail sent to ogcaccreditationmailbox@va.gov. The initial accreditation process for attorneys consists of application to the General Counsel, self-certification of admission information concerning practice before any other court, bar, or State or Federal agency, and a determination of character and fitness. Attorneys are required to complete 3 hours of qualifying continuing legal education (CLE) during the first 12-month period following the date of initial accreditation by VA and an additional 3 hours of qualifying CLE on veterans benefits law and procedure not later than 3 years from the date of initial accreditation and every 2 years thereafter. 

Materials:

All program materials will be distributed exclusively online in PDF format. It is strongly recommended that you save the course materials in advance in the event that you will be bringing a computer or tablet with you to the program. For complete instructions on accessing materials click HERE.

Link to Materials: www.nysba.org/vetbook15

To access the video click HERE