August 2017 Newsletter: Celebrating Benchmarks of TVC Silver Anniversary: Looking Back at History in the Making


17 Aug 2017


Silver Anniversary Dinner & Awards Banquet
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Union Station, Washington, DC

Save the Date!

For registration and sponsorship information, please email Maureen Thomas
or call (202) 733-3334.

Thank you to our sponsors for their support as they join us in recognizing 25 years of service to veterans and their families, caregivers, and survivors by our Nationwide Volunteer Corps and our 2017 Pro Bono Awardees.

Click here for a complete list of our current  sponsors.


Patriot Day
11 Sep 2017

CAVC Training & Reception
Atlanta, GA - 13 Sep 2017

National POW/MIA Recognition  Day
15 Sep 2017

Air Force Birthday
18 Sep 2017

Silver Anniversary Dinner and Awards Banquet RSVP Due  Date
9 Sep 2017

Silver Anniversary Dinner and Awards Banquet - 4 Oct 2017

Navy Birthday
13 Oct 2017

National Pro Bono  Week
22 - 28 Oct 2017

National Day of the Deployed
26 Oct 2017

QUARTERLY VIP: Volunteers Inspiring Pro Bono

Christopher J. Tyson, Duane Morris LLP

Christopher J.  Tyson
Duane Morris LLP

Click here to view his  biography.


2017 Annual Report

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Celebrating Benchmarks of TVC Silver  Anniversary
Looking Back at History in the  Making:
TVC Volunteers Take Veterans Cases All the Way to U.S. Supreme  Court

Over the past 25 years, members of the TVC Nationwide Volunteer Corps have assisted veterans all the way to the Supreme Court, setting precedents that have positively impacted veterans case law. In 1994, Brown v. Gardner, was ably served by the team of J. Michael Hannon, Esq., Founder of Hannon Law Group, arguing the case for the respondent, and William S. Mailander, Esq. ((then serving as TVC Board Secretary and PVA General Counsel), supporting him on the briefs. In a unanimous decision written by Justice David H. Souter, the court ruled in favor of Fred P. Gardner, a veteran of the Korean conflict. Mr. Hanlon, at the time, a partner with Thompson O'Donnell, LLP, argued the first appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court from the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) in October of 1994. The unanimous ruling by the Supreme Court overturned a 70-year practice by the Department of Veterans Affairs denying compensation to medically injured  veterans.

David Henderson, Korean War Veteran

David Henderson
Korean War Veteran

The second case, Henderson v. Shinseki, was the case highlighted in TVC’s 2010 Annual Report as “the highlight of the Program’s appellate efforts in 2010”. Mr. Henderson and eventually, his widow, would be represented by Lisa S. Blatt, Supreme Court practice group, and Thomas W. Stoever, of the Denver offices of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer (formerly known as Arnold & Porter).

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Quarles & Brady LLP Hosts Nationwide Volunteer Corps Attorney CAVC Training:  Recap

On Wednesday, August 9th, 2017, Quarles and Brady graciously hosted TVC’s federal Pro Bono Program CAVC nationwide attorney training. This attorney training had over 80 people in attendance across the country in nine  offices!

Quarles &  Brady Sponsors CAVC Training

Pictured left to right: Rick Spataro (TVC), Jennifer Michalski (Quarles & Brady), TVC Executive Director Ed Glabus, Colleen Miller (Quarles & Brady), Bart Stichman (TVC), Dawn Caldart (Quarles & Brady), Michael Levey (Quarles & Brady), and Courtney Smith (TVC), at the Milwaukee offices of Quarles and Brady  LLP.

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Volunteer Attorney Training in Atlanta,  GA

Troutman Sanders

Registration is now open for TVC’s Training, “Pro Bono Representation before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans  Claims."

Training will be held on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at the State Bar of Georgia in Atlanta. Our host firm will be Troutman  Sanders.

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TVC Presents Certificates of Commendation and Appreciation to Michael Best & Friedrich  LLP

Courtney Smith, TVC’s Director of Volunteer Outreach, Training, & Placement presented certificates of commendation for Kenneth Albridge, III and Andrew Dufresne of Michael Best & Friederich LLP for each winning a case for a veteran of the U.S. military. At the same ceremony, Executive Director Ed Glabus presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Michael Best Partner and Pro Bono Committee Chair Ed Sarskas in recognition of the firm’s enduring pro bono service to veterans, and for the firm’s generous previous financial support for The Veterans Consortium’s  mission.


Pictured left to right: TVC’s Courtney Smith, S. Edward Sarskas (Michael Best), Kenneth Albridge III ( Michael Best) and TVC Executive Director, Ed  Glabus.

Not Pictured: Andrew Dufresne (Michael Best)

Tickets Now Available for Silver Anniversary  Celebration

Mark your calendars 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 mission partners - at TVC's Silver Anniversary Dinner and Awards Banquet on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Union Station in Washington D.C. Can't attend? Consider sponsoring a Veteran, their spouse or a family  member.

Sponsorships are now available. Contact Maureen Thomas at (202)733-3334 or

Thank you to our newest sponsors: Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer; Nationwide Insurance; BakerHostetler; Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig; Carol Wild Scott, Esq.; Buckley Sandler LLP; Covington & Burling LLP, Greenberg Traurig LLP; Marriott International, and, Goodman Allen Donnelly.


Arnold &  Porter Kaye Scholer




Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig

Carol Wild Scott, Esq.

Greenberg Traurig

Marriott International


Buckley Sandler

Covington Burling


Goodman Allen Donnelly

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Faces of TVC: Sandy  Peterson

Sandy Peterson

Sandy Peterson
Manager of Client Services

Sandy Peterson is the Manager of Client Services at The Veterans Consortium. However, she is not new to the organization, she first started as an intern during high school and continued to come back over summers; and again while attending University of Mary Washington as a student. She maintained close contact with the staff at the Consortium, and after working for the U.S Coast Guard as a contractor post-graduation, Ms. Peterson was offered a full-time position back at the Consortium. She has served as an integral part of the team for over eight  years.

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