Lawyers attend VA program training

Issue July/August 2009

More than 40 attorneys attended the "Representing Clients before the Department of Veterans Affairs" training program at the Massachusetts Bar Association's Boston office on May 29.

The half-day training taught attorneys about the structure and organization of the VA, details of the claims procedure, including initial claims, claims to reopen old claims, rating increases at the regional offices, rights to appeal and the process of securing disability compensation, dependency and indemnity compensation and pensions.

The training was presented by nationally known veterans' law expert Michael Taub, director of the Veterans Project at the Homeless Advocacy Project in Philadelphia. Taub has represented homeless veterans' claims for VA benefits for more than five years. He has trained attorneys for the New York City Bar Association, public interest attorneys at legal services agencies and law firms from New York City to Atlanta.

The program, which was free for MBA members who agree to handle one pro bono veterans' benefits matter in 2009-10, was offered as a public service with the financial support of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation.