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The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program Training

Live in Milwaukee office

Simultaneous video broadcast in others

Quarles & Brady is pleased to partner with The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program which assists veterans in obtaining disability benefits earned while serving our country.

As part of that partnership, we are hosting a training by The Veterans Consortium for attorneys interested in becoming involved.

The CLE-eligible training will be held:

  • Wednesday, August 9
  • 10am - 5pm CST in our Milwaukee office, with simultaneous video conferencing to eight additional Quarles & Brady offices: Phoenix, Tucson, Madison, Chicago, Indianapolis, Tampa, Naples, and, D.C.
  • To register to attend the session at any of our offices, click: http://vetsprobonoinfo.org/vetcon/volunnew.asp

Background on The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program:

  • The Veterans Consortium has been offering pro bono services to veterans, their loved ones, caregivers, and survivors since 1992. The program provides attorney representation to veterans and other qualified claimants in their appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans' Claims.
  • The Veterans Consortium evaluates each claimant's denial to determine if an appeal would be appropriate. If the appeal has merit, the Veterans Consortium Program assigns the case to a volunteer attorney.
  • The program also pairs the volunteer attorney with a mentor experienced in veteran's law for guidance and advice.

About the Cases:

  • The cases run the spectrum from a Korean War veteran who now needs to supplement retirement income or obtain free VA medical care, to a Vietnam veteran struggling with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, to an OEF/OIF veteran with traumatic brain injury.
  • Some cases involve latent disorders and some concern survivors seeking survivor benefits.

Time Requirement:

  • Volunteer attorneys review the record and prepare an initial brief. Oral argument is extremely rare. Many cases are negotiated with the Veterans Benefits Administration and are remanded to the lower administrative agency for further review. There is also an opportunity to represent the veteran at the hearing with the administrative agency once the case is remanded.
  • The cases are typically resolved within fifty (50) hours and often best addressed by teams of two attorneys.

Success:

  • The Veterans Consortium Program reviews every request for representation of merit. Because of this, the program has a very high success rate of settling before the briefing stage or winning on the actual brief.

No specific expertise or experience is required; this program can be undertaken by litigators and non-litigators alike. We welcome your involvement in this effort to help our veterans and their families obtain the benefits they have earned.

Again, to register for the CLE-eligible training that will be held in nine Quarles & Brady offices, please visit: http://vetsprobonoinfo.org/vetcon/volunnew.asp

Questions? Contact Quarles & Brady attorney and Veterans Consortium champion Colleen Miller at Colleen.Miller@quarles.com or 813.387.0282.