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The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program

PRESS RELEASE: The Veterans Consortium Announces 5,000th Case

Judge William H. Webster and Linda Klein, Esq. will serve as Honorary Co-Counsel on Milestone Case


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Washington, D.C. — In recognition of National Military Appreciation Month, The Veterans Consortium (TVC) is pleased to announce that Honorable Judge William H. Webster, former Director of the FBI and the CIA and current Chair of the Homeland Security Council, will join Linda Klein, current President of the American Bar Association, as honorary co-counsel for The Veterans Consortium’s milestone 5000th appellate case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC).

Acknowledging TVC’s 5000th case is an opportunity for the Consortium to celebrate 25 years of service to veterans and their families, caregivers, and survivors by helping them win access to the benefits and compensation they earned through military service. The Pro Bono Program for veterans has been operated by TVC on behalf of the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (USCAVC) since 1992. TVC maintains a trained nationwide volunteer corps of over 2500 highly skilled pro bono professionals providing free legal services to veterans and their families, caregivers, and survivors located in the US and abroad.

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Linda KleinLinda Klein

Judge William H. Webster was invited to accept this honor, because of his highly distinguished career of national public service. After serving as a US naval officer, attorney and federal judge, he was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to lead the FBI and then appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve as the Director of the CIA until his retirement from public office in 1991. He currently serves as co-chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council.He recently retired from the Washington D.C. offices of the international law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.

Ms. Linda Klein was invited to accept this honor because of her work as the President of the ABA and her efforts to focus on improving access to justice and providing legal assistance to our nation's veterans. "We have learned that many veterans do not know the problem they have is a legal one," said Klein. "These are men and women who put their life on the line for our country, in defense of our liberty. When our justice system fails these people, we must answer their call and fight on their behalf." Linda Klein is a senior managing shareholder at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz and the first woman to serve as president of the State Bar of Georgia.

The honorary co-counsel will be supported by TVC staff attorneys and paralegals working on the 5000th case, prior to and during the proceedings at the USCAVC. TVC Pro Bono Program attorneys and staff have won over 3,700 cases since 1992 at the CAVC, the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Honorary co-counsel for the federal Pro Bono Program’s 1000th veterans law case were former Senators Robert J. Dole and George J. Mitchell, U.S. Army veterans.

The Veterans Consortium (TVC) is a national 501c3 nonprofit serving the global US veteran community and is celebrating 25 years of pro bono legal service to U.S. veterans and their families, caregivers, and survivors. For more information about The Veterans Consortium, how to get involved, support the organization and our national outreach initiatives associated with the federal Pro Bono Program and TVC’s Silver Anniversary, please visit our website, or contact TVC via email:

For additional information regarding this press release, please contact: Maureen Thomas, Deputy Director, Outreach and Communications: office direct line: (202) 733-3334, or mobile: (301) 814-7316.