PRESS RELEASE: The Veterans Consortium Announces 2017 Pro Bono Mission Partner Awardees & Recognition of Honorary Co-Counsel of 5,000th Case
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
15 October 2017
Washington, DC: The Veterans Consortium (TVC) is pleased to announce the following recipients of The Veterans Consortium's 2017 Pro Bono Mission Partner Awards: Duane Morris LLP received the 2017 TVC Law Firm Pro Bono Mission Partner; Google Inc. received the 2017 TVC Corporate Pro Bono Mission Partner; and, the team of BakerHostetler and Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company received the 2017 TVC Law Firm/Corporate Pro Bono Mission Partners Award, at TVC’s Silver Anniversary Dinner and Pro Bono Awards Banquet, at Union Station, on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, in front of a sold out crowd of veterans, volunteers from across the nation, members of Congress, senior representatives of partnering national veterans service organizations, and community supporters who gathered to celebrate 25 years of pro bono legal service to veterans and their families, caregivers and survivors. Also recognized at the event, The Honorable William H. Webster, former Director of the FBI and the CIA and current Chair of the Homeland Security Council, and Ms. Linda Klein, Immediate Past President of the American Bar Association, as the honorary co-counsel for TVC’s milestone 5000th federal case currently before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC), with TVC litigation director Judy Donegan, Esq. Honorary co-counsel for TVC’s 1000th case were U.S. veterans, The Honorable Robert J. Dole and The Honorable George J. Mitchell.
Acknowledging TVC’s 5000th case and celebrating the outstanding contributions of these four pro bono mission partners was an opportunity for TVC to celebrate 25 years of service to veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors by helping them win access to the care, benefits and compensation they earned through military service. TVC has operated the federal Pro Bono Program for veterans on behalf of the U.S. CAVC since 1992.
Judge Webster was invited to serve as co-counsel 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 Carter to lead the FBI and then appointed by President Reagan to serve as Director of the CIA until his retirement from public office in 1991. He currently serves as co-chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council.
Ms. Klein was invited to serve as co-counsel because of her recent 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.
Honorary Co-Counsel for 5000th Case – The Honorable William H. Webster, and Ms. Linda Klein
with Mary Ann Gilleece, Chairman, TVC Executive Board; Gary Butter, Vice Chair, TVC Executive Board
2017 TVC Law Firm Pro Bono Mission Partner Award – Duane Morris LLP
Accepted by Patrick McPherson, Esq. and Valentine Brown, Esq.
(Photo courtesy of Bittner Photography)
2017 TVC Corporate Mission Partner Award – Google Inc.
Accepted by Sybil Strimbu, Google, Washington, DC
(Photo courtesy of Bittner Photography)
TVC 2017 Law Firm/Corporate Pro Bono Mission Partners Award –
BakerHostetler / Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
Accepted by Roger Eckelberry, BakerHostetler, and Mark Howard, Nationwide Mutual Insurance
(photo courtesy of Bittner Photography)
For additional information regarding this press release, please contact:
Deputy Director, Client and Stakeholder Outreach and Communications
The Veterans Consortium