July 2017 Newsletter: Announcing Lee Woodruff as Master of Ceremonies for TVC Silver Anniversary
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Announcing Lee Woodruff as Master of Ceremonies for TVC Silver Anniversary Dinner and Awards Banquet on October 4th
The Veterans Consortium (TVC) is honored to announce that Lee Woodruff, co-author of the best-selling book, In an Instant, contributor to CBS This Morning and co-founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the TVC Silver Anniversary Dinner and Awards Banquet on October 4, 2017 at Union Station in Washington, D.C. At this event, TVC and the Federal Pro Bono Program will be celebrating 25 years of pro bono service by our nationwide volunteer corps to our veterans and their families, caregivers and survivors. Attendees will include the veterans we serve, members of our Honorary Host Committee, pro bono volunteers, members of Congress, VA representatives, strategic partners and community supporters.
Since the February 2007 publication of their book, Lee and her husband Bob have helped put a face on the serious issue of traumatic brain injury (TBI) among returning Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, as well as the millions of Americans who live with this often invisible, but life-changing affliction.
TVC has launched a discharge upgrade initiative which assists veterans, including those suffering from TBI and PTSD in gaining access to the benefits and compensation they deserve and the mental health care they need. We are excited that Ms. Woodruff will be joining us for the evening, to help us shine a spotlight on the needs of our veterans and the importance of access to justice for our nation's defenders.
Woodruff has been a contributing reporter for Good Morning America and currently serves as a contributing reporter for CBS This Morning. Her best-selling book Perfectly Imperfect — A Life in Progress, was followed by her first novel Those We Love Most, which became a New York Times bestseller.
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Volunteer Attorney CAVC Training
Registration is now open for TVC's Fall Training,
Training will be held on Wednesday, 9 Aug 2017,
Virtual training sites will be available at the following locations:
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Registration questions? Please email Leigh Hillebrand, Coordinator, Volunteer Training and Placement at Leigh.Hillebrand@vetsprobono.org.
TVCs Friday Legal Clinic Initiative Recognized by Duane Morris LLP @ Pro Bono Reception
Pictured here, from left to right: Duane Morris Pro Bono Team joins Executive Director Ed Glabus and TVC attorney Samantha Stiltner for a photo at the reception.
On Thursday, June 29th, 2017, The Veterans Consortium attended a Pro Bono Reception hosted by Duane Morris in Washington, D.C. After refreshments and a welcome from Chris Tyson, Duane Morris Attorney, and Katharyn McGee, Associate Pro Bono Counsel, a brief video history of TVC was presented highlighting the importance of providing pro bono legal services to veterans.
Samantha Stiltner, Staff Attorney at TVC, discussed the work of the TVC Clinics and how pro bono volunteers help further TVC's mission. Executive Director Ed Glabus commented, "We are deeply grateful to Duane Morris and the other members of TVC's Nationwide Volunteer Corps who have handled over 5,000 appellate cases and provided nearly $100 million in donated services, contributing to the success of The Veterans Consortium mission over the past 25 years."
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Interested in volunteering at a clinic? Contact Samantha Stiltner Samantha.Stiltner@vetsprobono.org.
Quarterly VIP: Volunteers Inspiring Pro Bono
Christopher Tyson, Attorney at Duane Morris and retired U.S. Navy officer, has a passion for representing U.S. military veteran clients. He has represented veteran clients before the Court of Appeals of Veterans Claims (CAVC), the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA), and Regional Offices, and he currently serves as one of the leaders of the firm's veterans pro bono practice group.
Tyson also helped establish and works alongside Samantha Stiltner at the TVC "Friday Legal Clinics". Samantha says, "It has been an honor and a privilege working with Chris on the Pop Up Legal Clinics and now at The Veterans Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the DC VA."
Chris' passion for helping veterans is quickly apparent and his enthusiasm for these types of projects is contagious. The work he has put into making these types of endeavors successful is immeasurable and we at The Veterans Consortium are thankful for his continued commitment to our veterans.
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Tyson received his Bachelors in Ocean Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and his Masters in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University, prior to receiving his law degree from the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.
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Mark your calendars now and plan to join TVC Pro Bono Awardees, luminaries, VIPs — including the Veterans we serve, members of our Nationwide Volunteer Corps, community supporters, members of Congress, and strategic partners at TVC's Silver Anniversary Dinner and Awards Banquet on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Union Station, Washington D.C. Can't attend? Consider sponsoring a Veteran, their spouse or family member.
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Attention Volunteers: Seeking TVC Pro Bono Volunteers for CAVC Remanded Cases
We at The Veterans Consortium are reaching out to you, the pro bono attorneys in our nationwide volunteer corps, who provide invaluable service to our veterans, to share a new opportunity for service to our veterans and their families, caregivers and survivors. Due to your hard work, our lifetime success rate at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) has been over 80% for nearly 25 years! Most of these CAVC remands to the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) come with a 90-day due date for the appellants to provide additional information to the BVA.
For these Pro Bono Program remands to the BVA, as with all cases at the CAVC, we always strive to continue providing the veterans the best legal services free of charge.
However, sometimes our pro bono attorneys cant continue serving their Pro Bono Program client to effectuate the CAVC remand at the BVA (usually because they arent accredited at the VA or due to work conflicts). In these situations, we need volunteers who are accredited attorneys to continue these cases, to represent veterans before the BVA after a CAVC remand. We currently have some cases in this status that we want to place with pro bono attorneys.
We have two quick questions for you:
If so, please email Leigh Hillebrand at our Washington, D.C. national headquarters at Leigh.Hillebrand@vetsprobono.org. We look forward to placing our next case with you.
Thank you for your commitment to helping our veterans — our nations defenders — obtain the benefits and compensation they were promised, and the best legal services free of charge to meet their challenges.
Faces of TVC: Courtney Smith
Courtney Smith, Esq.
Congratulations to Courtney Smith,Esq., Director of Volunteer Outreach and Education on the completion of her Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management at Georgetown University in May 2017. Courtney Smith is the Director of Volunteer Outreach, Education & Placement and has been with TVC since August 2011. Courtney, who received her Bachelors degree from University of Richmond and Law degree from Howard University, believes the practice of veterans law chose her. Prior to working at TVC, she clerked for, then-Chief Judge William P. Greene, Jr. (Ret.) at the U.S Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Courtney says, "My work at TVC is the perfect marriage of my commitment to the legal services arena and immense gratitude to our nation's veterans, because I am able to serve the brave men and women who selflessly served our country and help them obtain the benefits they are rightfully due."
One of Courtney's most unforgettable cases was El-Amin v. Shinseki, wherein she filed a motion for reconsideration on a judge's opinion, which was granted and served as a catalyst of the theories of causation and aggravation of a non-service connected disability by a service connected disability.
Click here to view Courtney's bio.
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