June 2019 VIP: Stacy Tromble
Each month, The Veterans Consortium recognizes a “VIP” – Volunteer Inspiring Pro Bono. TVC values all our volunteers and wish to recognize those who inspire others.
For every attorney who takes a pro bono case for The Veterans Consortium (TVC), there is a mentor – an experienced veterans law attorney – ready to advise, guide, assist, read briefs or just listen. These seasoned attorneys help them navigate their pro bono cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Stacy Tromble, the Director of Court Appeals for Veterans Claims Litigation for the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) is one of those voices of experience for dozens of attorneys. She devotes so much time to veterans’ law matters, that she jokes that in her free time she reads memorandum decision/histories from the founding eras published by the court.
In honor of her even-keeled counsel and gentle guidance, Tromble has been selected as The Veterans Consortium Volunteers Inspiring Pro Bono (VIP) for June 2019.
“Stacy is the consummate professional. She works tirelessly behind the scenes of so many TVC cases,” says Judy Donegan, Director of Litigation and Case Management for TVC. “Our pro bono lawyers value her input, her judgment and her assistance. We are thrilled to be able to honor her in this way, as a small token of our thanks for all she has done for our veterans.”
After receiving undergraduate and dual Master of Social Work/Juris Doctor degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo, her hometown, Tromble, 48, began her law career as a litigator with Ropes & Gray in Washington, D.C. During her tenure, Tromble also found time for a host of pro bono work, including representing veterans before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims as a member of the TVC National Volunteer Corps.
Her years of volunteering with TVC only solidified her credo that “our veterans have earned the best possible legal assistance that we can provide for them.” While her father was a Marine in the Korean War and her father-in-law was a World War II veteran who served in England, her desire to serve our military men and women stems from something much broader than that.
“I have such absolute respect for the men and women who have served this country,” Tromble says. “Serving them is a real privilege.”
In her current role as NVLSP’s Director of CAVC Litigation, Tromble is lead attorney in cases and manages a busy litigation team. She also leverages her expertise as one of the authors of NVLSP’s Veterans Benefits Manual. Tapping into the most up-to-date- information on veterans law and being able to share that with her mentees is an incredible resource for TVC cases.
“It’s a mutual learning experience,” Tromble says of working with her mentees. “We are sharing on a day-to-day basis and they bring their fresh perspective on cases.” She reviews any written work product, which can be “a good amount of time,” Tromble admits. “But it doesn’t feel like it because it’s enjoyable.”
In her actual free time, Tromble who lives in Gainesville, VA, with her husband and two cats, enjoys gardening, learning about plants and reading histories from the founding era.