Law school to host veterans’ legal assistance conference

The University of Baltimore School of Law and UB’s Bob Parsons Veterans Advocacy Clinic are among the organizers of the 8th Annual Veterans’ Legal Assistance Conference & Training.

The event will be held June 3 at the John and Frances Angelos Law Center (1401 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201). Registration and breakfast begin at 8 a.m. The daylong event will conclude at 4:45 p.m.

Laura Eskenazi, J.D. ’92, the executive in charge and vice chairman of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will be the keynote speaker. Her talk begins at 12:15 p.m., during lunch.

Click here to read a column about the event in The Daily Record, in which Professor Hugh McClean, director of The Bob Parsons Veterans Advocacy Clinic, discusses significant changes in the VA’s appeals process that are to take effect at the end of May.

“Everyone agrees that the current system is broken,” McClean told columnist Joe Surkiewicz. “The question is whether the new proposed appellate process that VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald offers takes away any veteran rights.”

Designed for lawyers, law students, veterans, policymakers and other service professionals, the conference will provide a forum for discussion of critical legal issues facing veterans. Concurrent sessions will include panels on total disability and unemployability, Social Security, military discharges and VA character of service determination, child support and a practitioners’ workshop covering pleadings, FOIA requests, VA forms and tips for advocates representing VA claimants.

The conference will also include basic and advanced trainings for lawyers interested in representing veterans in claims for service-connected disability benefits, as well as training for veterans – who do not need to be attorneys — interested in serving as mentors for the Baltimore City Veterans Treatment Docket.

The morning sessions are free for attorneys who agree to a pro bono commitment. The afternoon’s concurrent sessions are free to all attendees. To register, visit probonomd.org. For questions, contact Kiah Pierre at 443-703-3046 or kpierre@probonomd.org.

Click here to see the conference program.

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