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Fight for Those Who Fought for Us: Representing Veterans Before the VA, BVA, CAVC and DoD (2020 Military & Veterans Law Section CLE)

8:25        Welcome and Introductions

8:30        Practice Before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC)

Tod M. Leaven, Grimes Teich Anderson LLP, Asheville

When a claimant believes the Board of Veterans' Appeals erred in its decision, the CAVC has exclusive jurisdiction to review the case. Explore factors the Court takes into consideration during its review.

9:30        Break

9:40        Appeals Modernization Act (AMA) Reform

Matthew I. Wilcut, Deuterman Law Group, Greensboro

Navigate the disability compensation application and appeals procedures following implementation of the AMA on February 19, 2019.

10:40      Break

10:50      Electronic Access to Veterans' Records‡

Christopher J. Stevens, Deuterman Law Group, Winston-Salem

Review how to obtain a personal identity verification (PIV) card- a prerequisite for gaining remote electronic access to use systems for client documentation. Learn to navigate two systems in particular, the Veterans Benefits Management System (VBMS) and the Compensation and Pension Records Interchange (CAPRI).

11:50      Lunch Break

12:20      Compensation and Pension (C&P) Exams

Tod M. Leaven, Grimes Teich Anderson LLP, Asheville

Learn how to prepare your client for a C&P exam and how to remove a bad exam from a veteran's claim file.

1:20        Break

1:30        Downstream Issues

Matthew I. Wilcut, Deuterman Law Group, Greensboro

Discover what your client needs to know after they have been granted service-connected compensation benefits and understand the importance of your continued advocacy.

2:30        Break

2:40        Combat After Combat

John W. Brooker, UNC School of Law, Chapel Hill

Recent changes in veterans law, including law and policy surrounding the characterization of military discharges, present an opportunity for attorneys to help former servicemembers. Hear about the Fairness for Veterans Act of 2016 and the subsequent Department of Defense implementing guidance, as well as trends in military discharge upgrade cases.

3:40        Break

3:50        Project 100,000 and the New Standards Men

Robert R. Davis, Law Offices of Robert R. Davis PLLC, Charlotte

Hear about the 1960s initiative launched by the U.S. Department of Defense, how to tell if your client was in the program and what it means for participants who received less-than-honorable discharges.

4:50        Adjourn

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Description

Learn how to recognize and advocate for veterans' benefits, gain an understanding of how you can help struggling veterans overcome barriers to success, and explore a lot of new acronyms.

Contributors

  • John W. Brooker

    John W. Brooker, UNC School of Law, Chapel Hill

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  • Robert R. Davis

    Robert R. Davis, Law Offices of Robert R. Davis PLLC, Charlotte

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  • Tod M. Leaven

    Tod M. Leaven, Grimes Teich Anderson LLP, Asheville

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  • Christopher J. Stevens

    Christopher J. Stevens, Deuterman Law Group, Winston-Salem

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  • Matthew I. Wilcut

    Matthew I. Wilcut, with Deuterman Law Group in Greensboro, leads the VA disability claims practice in representing veterans and their family members before the Department of Veterans Affairs as an accredited attorney. Prior to joining Deuterman in 2017, he started his legal career as a volunteer placed at Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) through NC VetsCorps, an AmeriCorps program, and later joined the Durham LANC office as a staff attorney working with the VA Disability Practice Group and the Second Chance Employment and Housing Project. During this same time, Matthew was supervising attorney for the Duke Law Veteran's Assistance Project.

    Matthew graduated from Appalachian State University with a criminal justice degree in 2006 and earned his J.D. from Elon University School of Law in 2013.

    Matthew presently serves on the board of directors of the National Law School Veterans Clinics Consortium, including as president-elect and formerly as secretary. He is a former chair, vice chair and secretary of the Military & Veterans Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.

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November 19, 2020
Thu 8:25 AM EST

Duration 8H 25M

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