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The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program

Training for Volunteer Attorneys

A Week of Training With TVC

Training Schedule

Courtney Smith, Esq.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 | 12 PM - 2 PM EST

Appellate Advocacy before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
*CAVC cases available for immediate placement following the training*

Courtney Smith, Esq., Director, Volunteer Outreach & Education

This is a nationwide appellate opportunity for pro bono representation at the U. S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) of veterans who have had claims unjustly denied by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to regain eligibility for benefits. Please Note: This course is for those who have not already taken training.

Courtney Smith, Esq.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 | 12 PM - 2 PM EST

Military Discharge Upgrades

Danica Gonzalves, Esq., Program Director, Discharge Upgrade

This nationwide Program seeks to serve veterans wrongly given an Other Than Honorable Discharge due to conduct related to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Attorneys use this training to apply for a change in the veteran’s discharge characterization so they can become eligible for VA benefits.

Courtney Smith, Esq.

Thursday, May 28, 2020 | 12 PM - 1 PM EST

Veterans Benefits Advocacy/Remands 

Samantha Farish, Esq., Equal Justice Works Fellow, Sponsored by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

This is a nationwide opportunity to assist veterans with securing benefits after the CAVC remands their claim to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA). Pro Bono attorneys are trained to identify what argument or evidence is necessary for the veteran to prevail at the BVA, & receive compensation for their disability or injury.