The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program’s Volunteer Attorney Training

  • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Central Time (US & Canada)
  • By: The Veterans Consortium
  • Source: Misc National Sites > ABA Military Pro Bono Project
  • Military/Veterans
  • Continuing Legal Education Program (CLE)

Link to Program Information.

Program Overview:

What better way to mark Veterans Day than to learn how you can assist a veteran in need?

Please join us for The Veterans Consortium (TVC) Pro Bono Program’s Volunteer Attorney Training on Thursday, November 11 from 11 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. central.

A Judge from the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, will welcome attendees and offer opening remarks.

This three-hour training, led by TVC attorneys, will teach you how to help veterans appeal unfavorable rulings by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). These appeals involve a wide range of VA disability, educational assistance, and survivor benefit and pension benefit claims. Veterans come to TVC because a claim has been denied, or their disability compensation has been reduced or terminated.

TVC trains volunteer attorneys to  represent veterans in their appeals of denials of disability benefits before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. With the guidance of a TVC mentor, volunteer attorneys review the record and prepare an initial brief. The cases are typically resolved in less than fifty hours, and oral argument is extremely rare. TVC reviews every case for merit before it is assigned to the volunteer attorney, which has led to an overall success rate of 82%.  No expertise is required; this project can be undertaken by litigators and non-litigators alike.  Through these cases, you can truly make a difference in a veteran’s life.

Opening Remarks:
Judge, The United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

Michael A. Levey, National Pro Bono Partner, Quarles & Brady LLP
Thomas McDonell, Associate / Firm National Coordinator, The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, Quarles & Brady LLP

Gregory O. Block, Clerk of the Court, Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
Judy Donegan, Esq., Deputy Executive Director, The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program
Courtney L. Smith, Esq., Senior Director of Volunteer Outreach & Education, The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program

Who Should Attend:
In-house and outside counsel interested in veterans' affairs and providing pro bono legal services.

CLE: Quarles & Brady will apply for 3.0 hours (60-minute states) and 3.5 hours (50-minute states) of continuing legal education credit (U.S. jurisdictions only) for Quarles & Brady attorneys and their clients. Participants seeking CLE credit must complete the electronic CLE form provided in the seminar's dashboard materials.

NOTE: The Impact of COVID-19 on Continuing Legal Education:

Live Seminar/Webinar: Please note, to best comply with safety recommendations regarding COVID-19, many state bar offices are closed or operating with reduced staffing. This is anticipated to cause significant delays in approval for CLE accreditation. The processing time for course approval is estimated to take between 8-16 weeks.


The webinar is complimentary.


Please contact Dawn Caldart at 414.277.5553 or