An In-depth Look at VA Benefits and Advocacy Strategies

Open to Attorneys, Veterans and Advocates

Monday, November 9, 2015
Registration: 8:30 am -9:00 am | Program Schedule 9:00 am -4:00 pm, Lunch provided

To be held at:
New York Bar Association
1 Elk St. 
Albany, NY 

6.0 Transitional CLE credits: 5.0 Professional Practice, 1.0 Ethics credit. Includes 3.0 VA-accredited CLE hours 
MCLE Credits Provided by Finklestien & Partners, LLP

Sponsored by:
Veterans Committee of the New York State Bar Association
Finkelstein & Partners, LLP
Disability Rights New York (DRNY)

Materials: To download materials, click HERE

This interactive 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.

Attendees will be guided step by step through the preparation of the VA Claims application and VA Claims Appeal process using the facts of a hypothetical veteran claimant.  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 to attorneys who agree to accept pro bono referrals.

PLEASE NOTE: For the CLE VA-credits to apply, you must first become accredited, before CLE training requirements are recognized by the VA.  It is recommended to submit your Application for Accreditation (VA Form 21a), as soon as possible. 

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 A. Kempner, Esq., Senior Staff Attorney & Veterans Litigation Coordinator
Christina Asbee, Esq., PAAT Staff Attorney, Disability Rights New York 

To register, click HERE 
(You will be leaving the NYSBA website to register for this event with the Disability Rights of New York)
Disability Rights NY is a 503(c) organization that depends on donations to provide services. To make a Tax-deductible donation click HERE (You will be leaving the NYSBA website to  the Disability Rights of New York website for donations). Pro Bono legal service is requested after training.

VA-Accredited Representative Info: 
To advocate within the VA system, a representative must be VA-Accredited. You can find more information about the accreditation process here: The application process takes between 2-5 months.  

Pro-Bono Requests and Opportunities:
New York State Veterans are underrepresented through the VA Claims and Appeals process. This CLE intends to expand the group of legal advocates dedicated to serving veterans with disabilities throughout NYS by connecting veterans with advocates. Through DRNY’s Veterans Pro Bono Project, veterans in need of legal advocacy will be connected with attorneys interested in providing pro-bono representation through the Claims and Appeals processes. DRNY will provide technical assistance through a network of experienced VA attorneys to all attorneys enrolled in this pro-bono project. 

Through DRNY’s Veteran Pro Bono Project, a volunteer attorney will take on two veteran clients within one year of the CLE presentation.  Volunteer attorneys will be given access to resource materials, a dedicated listserv, and other resources to assist in their pro-bono representation.  DRNY will also provide assistance to volunteer attorneys to become accredited through the VA process.