Widener Law and the Delaware State Bar Association partner on training for attorneys who want to do pro bono work for veterans
Public Relations - Published: January 6, 2011
2011IVeteranProBonoTrainingPromoThe Veterans Law Clinic on the Delaware campus will host a training session for attorneys who want to become qualified to do pro bono work on behalf of veterans.

The event being held Monday, Jan. 10 is sponsored by the clinic and the Access to Justice Initiative, the pro bono committee of the Delaware State Bar Association. It will run from 1:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom. A reception will follow from 5 to 6 p.m.

Presenters at the event will include Associate Professor Justin G. Holbrook, director of the Veterans Law Clinic, and the clinic’s two staff attorneys: Gary D. Berg and Susan W. Saidel.

Approximately 1.6 million veterans are returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and many have sustained injuries that entitle them to disability benefits. The course will cover key basics on what it takes to represent veterans in benefit cases and, for attorneys who have already received initial accreditation from the Department of Veterans Affairs, will serve as a qualifier for practice before the VA.

Attorneys from Delaware and Pennsylvania who take the course will be eligible for three continuing legal education credits. They will also be qualified to volunteer with Widener’s Veterans Law Clinic to represent veterans pro bono.

The registration fee is $25 for Delaware attorneys and $34 for Pennsylvania attorneys. To register, call 302.658.5279 or visit www.dsba.org.

Widener University was among the first law schools in the United States to start a clinical program for disabled veterans. Through the Veterans Law Clinic, students work under the supervision of practicing attorneys to provide legal representation to disabled veterans and their dependants with Veterans Affairs compensation claim appeals to the Board of Veterans Appeals. First known as the Veterans Assistance Program, Widener students began doing this work in 1997, when the school co-sponsored a program with the pro bono arm of the Delaware State Bar Association. It became known as the Veterans Law Clinic in January 2006 and today has offices in Wilmington, Del. and Media, Pa.