VA Benefits Practice Free CLE - Representing Veterans before the Veterans’ Administration and Beyond

Presented By: New York State Bar Association Committee on Veterans

Tuesday June 13, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 4:35 p.m.

Location: Orrick
                51 West 52nd Street
                New York, NY 10019

Up to 8.0 MCLE being offered in Areas of Professional Practice

The purpose of this CLE is to provide an in depth training for any attorney that wishes to represent Veterans at the VA Administrative level or in  Federal Court (up to and including the US Supreme Court). 

The morning program is focused on the less experienced VA practitioner. This program meets the requirements of 38 CFR 14.629 and will qualify for accreditation requirements by the VA. Attorneys that want to learn about this rewarding practice should plan to attend. The afternoon hosts some of the top speakers in the country to take an in depth look at representing Veterans.
Learn how to write a powerful argument at any level from one of the top practitioners in the country, Ken Carpenter. His name is on more pleadings.

-What can you do for a Vet that has a dishonorable discharge?
-What Military legal proceedings lead to the discharge status?
-Federal Tort Claims Act-Medical claims against government


Registration and Introductions                                                       8:30 – 9:00 

In compliance with 38 C.F.R. § 14.629 (b)(2)(iii)
Representation before the Department of Veterans’ Affairs      9:00 – 9:50   
Basic eligibility of VA benefits
Overview of disability compensation

Claims procedures                                                                          9:50-10:40
VA compensation benefits                                                  
Disability Compensation (38 U.S.C. Chapter 11)
Dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) (38 U.S.C. Chapter 13) 

Appeals (rights and procedures)                                                  10:40-11:05
Nancy Morgan, Esq.  
Director of Legal Operations
Finkelstein & Partners, LLP
Christine Clemens, Esq. 
Managing Attorney, Pro Bono Outreach 
Veterans’ Services Group 
Finkelstein & Partners, LLP

VA pension benefits (38 U.S.C. Chapter 15)                             11:05 – 11:55
Peter A. Kempner, Esq. 
Director Veterans Justice Project & Deputy Director Housing Unit 
Legal Services NYC – Brooklyn Programs

Lunch Break                                                                                 11:55 – 12:15 

Veterans Practice at the CAVC                                                  12:15 – 1:00

Federal Circuit Court, SCOTUS                                                   1:00-1:30
Ken Carpenter
Carpenter Chartered
Topeka, KS

Military Legal Proceedings and Effects on Discharge Status   1:30 – 2:20                                
Kent Eiler
New York City Bar Justice Center
Veterans’ Assistance Project

Discharge Status Upgrades                                                         2:20- 3:10
Stephen Lessard 
Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe
New York, NY

Break                                                                                             3:10 - 3:20

Medical Claims against the VA under the FTCA                        3:20 – 4:10
Brewster Rawls
Rawls, McNelis, and Mitchell
Richmond, VA

Panel Discussion on Court Practice                                              4:10 – 4:35 
Moderated by Christine Clemens  
Ken Carpenter and Brewster Rawls




For Public Officials: The New York State Bar Association is registered with the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics pursuant to the Lobbying Act to engage in lobbying activities. Consequently, public officials cannot accept certain benefits from the Association. Further information can be obtained by contacting an official's agency ethics officer or the Association at (518) 463-3200. 

Tuition Assistance: New York State Bar Association members and non-members may receive financial aid to attend this program. Under this policy, anyone who requires financial aid may apply in writing, not later than ten working days prior to the program, explaining the basis of his/her hardship, and if approved, can receive a discount or scholarship, depending on the circumstances. To apply, please contact: Stephanie Bugos, New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207 or


Contact  or call Kristina Maldonado at (518) 487-5588