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Pro Bono Training: Representing Veterans in Discharge Upgrades: Building a Persuasive Case (CLE)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


Description:

Many of the men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces are cut off from veterans’ services and benefits because they were given a less-than-honorable discharge. They may have served in combat or have suffered physical or mental wounds, but are nevertheless unable to access much-needed treatment and support from federal and state veterans agencies because of their discharge status. In many cases, the origin of their need for support—for example, service-related post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury—also contributed to the conduct that led to their less-than-honorable discharges.

This program builds on the June 2015 introductory training and May 2016 advanced training on representing veterans in discharge upgrade petitions. The focus will be on how to build a strong evidentiary record to support a discharge upgrade application.

Attorneys who did not attend the June 2015 or May 2016 trainings are welcome to attend this advanced training. They are encouraged to watch the introductory training beforehand, which is available online. Please email Cassandra Shavney at cshavney@bostonbar.org for access to those trainings.

After this seminar, attendees will know about new laws and policies affecting discharge upgrade practice and will better understand how to creatively and effectively gather and develop evidence in order to build a persuasive case to the military discharge review boards.

Attorneys who participate in the training will be eligible to join the Veterans Justice Pro Bono Partnership (VJPBP), established in 2015 by the Veterans Legal Clinic at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. Through the VJPBP, the Veterans Legal Clinic screens and refers veterans seeking discharge upgrades to private attorneys and then provides ongoing support and expert resources to those attorneys throughout the case. The generosity and efforts of VJPBP attorneys help to address the enormous gap in the provision of legal services to veterans and will provide much-needed advocacy to those who served the nation in uniform.

Law students are welcome but are not eligible to take pro bono referrals from the Veterans Justice Pro Bono Partnership.

Materials: The BBA has gone digital! We are reducing our printing of hard copy materials for accredited programs. All of our materials are now offered in electronic format and is sent in advance to registrants via email. Free WiFi is available in all conference rooms so you can easily have your materials on your portable devices and laptops!

Accreditation: This program is eligible for 1.5 hours of credit. The BBA is an accredited provider in Rhode Island. Credit is also available in New York, through the NY Approved Jurisdiction Policy; and through reciprocity agreements in Maine, Vermont and California. Please refer to the rules in each jurisdiction for further instructions on submitting programs for CLE credit. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conclusion of the program.

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Contact:

Cassandra Shavney
cshavney@bostonbar.org

 

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