September 2018 Newsletter: RSVP Deadline Extended for 2018 TVC Pro Bono Mission Partner Awards Reception & Fireside Chat


20 September 2018


TVC is seeking an extern to help us win federal appeals cases for our clients. This includes helping with military discharge upgrades ("bad paper" discharges) and assisting with determination of final outcomes of client cases. Externs will receive academic credit.

The extern will support full-time staff attorneys, volunteer attorneys, and clients who appeal to, or receive a remand from the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the Federal Circuit, and the Supreme Court. The selected extern will assist in the full lifecycle of case management, from intake to research and strategy, to Court mandate and follow-up, to determine real-world results and impact. Although any student may apply, we give priority to rising 3L students. We are open to externships that count for either one course per semester, or two courses per semester, depending on your law school's current arrangements and preference.

Please address the following questions in your cover letter: Why do you want to work in the area of veterans law? What is your motivation to work with veterans and their families, caregivers, or survivors? What sets you apart from other candidates?

SUBMIT A COVER LETTER AND RESUME detailing your interest and motivation to Courtney Smith, at You may also contact Courtney for answers to questions or additional information.

Applications should be emailed by 15 December 2018 for the Spring 2019 semester.

TVC's CAVC Attorney Training
September Regional Training (Northwest U.S.) Has Been

For any questions or more information, please email Leigh Hillebrand at, Coordinator, Volunteer Outreach & Education.

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We want to remind the veterans we serve, members of our TVC National Volunteer CorpsSM, and our mission partners impacted by Hurricane Florence on the East Coast that we are standing by to assist with any issues affecting your Pro Bono Program participation caused by the weather situation. Please contact us if you need help with any of your TVC-placed cases.

2018 TVS Mission Partner Awards Reception & Fireside Chat

RSVP Deadline Extended for 2018 TVC Pro Bono Mission Partner Awards Reception & Fireside Chat

Due to recent requests, the RSVP deadline has been extended to 20 September 2018.

Please click here to buy tickets.

John Kamarados & Ed Glabus

From Left to Right, John Kamarados, Esq., Kamarados Law Offices, and Ed Glabus, TVC Executive Director

Oral Argument Before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) by TVC  Volunteer

The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program thanks John Kamarados, Esq., a member of our TVC National Volunteer CorpsSM, on completing his first oral argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in a hearing held at Penn State Dickinson Law. We are grateful for his dedication to both the federal Veterans Pro Bono Program and to serving our Nation's defenders. Kamarados is shown above after the oral argument, accepting a framed memento from TVC in appreciation for his pro bono service.

Volunteer Inspiring Pro Bono (VIP):
John Lynch, Esq.

John Lynch, Esq.
John Lynch, Esq.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.
Member, TVC National Volunteer Corps

After a 13-year Army career, John Lynch headed to law school at Georgetown University Law Center. He got involved with the school's Military Law Society and created a pro bono project with area veterans advocacy groups. Looking back, Lynch realizes there was little he and his fellow law students could do beyond intake screening for veterans looking for help with discharge upgrades. But his efforts to connect with the larger community of veteran advocates gave him a groundwork for the future.

Today, Lynch, who also earned a Master of Business Administration degree while studying at Georgetown, is a corporate attorney with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. Still, he never forgot those days, meeting with veterans in a conference room and neighboring offices, at the Mayor's Office of Veteran Affairs in Washington, D.C. His desire to do more led him to The Veterans Consortium (TVC), where Lynch, 40, just accepted his fourth pro bono case. For his stellar commitment providing legal help to veterans, Lynch has been chosen as The Veterans Consortium Volunteer Inspiring Pro Bono (VIP) for September 2018.

What has amazed Lynch the most about the clients he has worked with is that "there's no bitterness. I think if these veterans can be positive after what they have gone through [fighting for compensation], it really makes me reflect on my life and know that I can be positive, too."

Lynch believes his years in the U.S. Army have helped him in his work with veteran clients. "From a practical standpoint, I can read records easily, which is a benefit to the client," says Lynch, a Philadelphia-native. "I'm better able to put myself in their shoes. I feel a sense of camaraderie, I definitely feel a shared kinship with clients even though our service is separated by time and distance."

Courtney Smith, Director of Outreach and Education for TVC, agrees that Lynch's ability to connect with clients makes him stand out. "John has a great heart and is really vested in helping as many veterans as he can. We couldn't be prouder of the work he is doing on behalf of his fellow veterans, who have served our country proudly, and we are so thankful for his incredible gift of time and talent."

The oldest of five siblings, Lynch enjoys trail running and biking in his free time.

Executive Director's Corner

Ed Glabus
Ed Glabus
Executive Director

The 2018 TVC Pro Bono Mission Partner Awards Reception & Fireside Chat is only two weeks away. We're very excited about the program and looking forward to sharing this special evening with you. We've had a tremendous response and want to thank all of you that have sent in your RSVPs. Due to recent requests, we have extended the RSVP deadline to 21 September.

Join us as we recognize exceptional members of our TVC National Volunteer CorpsSM and engage in a Fireside Chat program with a distinguished panel of thought leaders who will discuss critical issues such as veterans' homelessness, access to care, employment, and suicide prevention; and the role of pro bono legal services — especially in Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLP) — as one means to address these challenges. And finally, join us for the food and drink and most importantly the camaraderie of good people committed to equal access to justice for our Nation's Defenders.

We look forward to welcoming you to Union Station on 3 October!

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