June 2017 Newsletter: Judge William Webster & ABA President Linda Klein Accept 5,000th TVC Case


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Silver Anniversary Dinner & Awards Banquet
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Silver Anniversary Dinner and Awards Banquet

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The Veterans Consortium Announces 5,000th Case

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

William Webster

Judge William H. Webster

Linda Klein

Linda Klein

The Veterans Consortium (TVC) is pleased to announce that the Honorable 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 (ABA), as honorary co-counsel for The Veterans Consortium’s milestone 5,000th appellate case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC).

Acknowledging TVC’s 5,000th 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.

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 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. Read more....


Veterans Serving Veterans

Chairman's Luncheon

On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, TVC hosted its first Chairman's Luncheon at the Officers Club at Fort Lesley J. McNair. Over 60 guests attended the luncheon to celebrate TVC's silver anniversary milestone and honor the pioneers of the Pro Bono Program and the founders of the Consortium. All attendees who are veterans stood for a group photo at the end of the event.

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TVC holds Annual D.C. Spring Training Under the Leadership of Courtney Smith

Courtney Smith

TVC Director of Outreach and Education and Staff Attorney Courtney Smith, Esq. leads the training at the DC Bar.

On Friday, March 31, 2017, The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program hosted an all-day training at the DC Bar. After breakfast and a welcome from TVC Executive Director Ed Glabus followed by a presentation on the history of TVC and the importance of providing pro bono legal services to veterans, from Judge William S. Greenberg, 51 attorneys from the public and private sector, learned about the work of TVC and how their skills can further the mission.

The training was a glowing success and included this praise from the DC Bar: " the Veterans Consortium’s training has kicked it up a notch and is on the next level!"

A special thank you to everyone that made this happen!

For more information on TVC Pro Bono attorney training and how you can get involved, please email Courtney.Smith@vetsprobono.org.


Military Appreciation Month

Military Appreciation Month Celebration

Maureen Thomas and Dave Myers at The Veterans Consortium offices.

The Veterans Consortium staff participated in events across the country celebrating our veterans, their families and caregivers. Here's what Military Appreciation Month looked like. We are grateful to all our veterans, their families and caregivers for their service.

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Deputy Director of Client and Stakeholder Outreach and Communications Maureen Thomas and Director of Case Evaluation and Placement Dave Myers discussed their time in the service and what their work at TVC means to them.

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Faces of TVC

Shannon Stiles

Shannon Stiles

Shannon Stiles is a client services specialist and has been with TVC since September. Shannon, who is from Nashville, Tennessee, enjoys her work at TVC because she knows that her time is well spent on a mission that she believes in. "It is a joy working at The Veterans Consortium with selfless people who strive to improve the lives of veterans," Shannon says. "I enjoy coming to work every day knowing that my time is spent at an organization that fights for the justice and benefits that our veterans deserve."

In her free time, Shannon enjoys watching classic musicals and performing renditions of her favorites in the office!