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The Veterans Justice Gap: Examining Different Approaches to

The Veterans Justice Gap: Examining Different Approaches to Meeting Veterans Legal Needs
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Program Fee:
Free for Members | $15 for Non-Members

Please Note: All attendees will receive an email confirmation including a zoom invite two hours prior to the program with details of how to access the webinar.

According to a New York City Bar Association report published earlier last year (link to report is below), an estimated 24% of veterans nationally are receiving disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. In New York, however, that number is less than 17%. These statistics suggest that tens of thousands of veterans across the state aren’t getting the VA benefits to which they are entitled. Veterans law practitioners have worked diligently to close this gap, but have often done so in a siloed manner, employing a wide variety of approaches with varying degrees of success. While cooperation and coordination among veteran legal services providers is on the rise, more and better approaches need to be simultaneously deployed. This program brings together a variety of veteran legal services providers from pro bono projects, law school legal clinics, for profit firms, government sponsored programs, and traditional legal services programs to discuss their unique VA benefits practices, their tools for success, the challenges they still face, and their ideas for how veterans law practitioners can come together to close the justice gap for New York veterans once and for all. 

Peter Kempner, Legal Director, Volunteers of Legal Service

Christine Clemens, Veteran Law Attorney, Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD 
Tanya Douglas, Disability Advocacy Project and Veterans Justice Project Director, Manhattan Legal Services 
Kent Eiler, Project Director, Veterans Assistance Project, City Bar Justice Center 
Jinyoung (Jin) Joo, Proskauer LLP, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee member 
Blair E. Thompson, Assistant Clinical Professor and Director, Robert W. Entenmann Veterans Law Clinic, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University 

Sponsoring Committee:

Military & Veterans Affairs, Erik L. Wilson, Chair

Related Reports:

Report on the Inadequate Financial Support for Legal Services for Veterans Seeking Benefits

2020 New York State Legislative Agenda


New York City Bar Association 42 West 44th St New York, NY 10036 UNITED STATES

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