Veterans’ Administration Law Practice: What New Practitioners Need to Know
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11/17/2017
When: Friday, November 17, 2017
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM CT
Where: Kutak Rock
1650 Farnam St
Omaha, Nebraska  68102
United States


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MCLE Accreditation
*Nebraska MCLE #146566. Iowa MCLE #271569. 4.75 CLE hours, including 1 hour ethics. (Regular/live)
*Nebraska MCLE #146564. Iowa MCLE #271570. 4.75 CLE hours, including 1 hour ethics. (Distance learning)
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Apply Immediately for DVA Accreditation
This CLE will comply with 38 C.F.R. § 14.629(b)(1)(iii), requiring newly accredited VA practitioners to complete a
three-hour continuing legal education within 12 months of initial accreditation, and will also comply with § 14.629(b)
(1)(iv), requirements to maintain accreditation.

While this is a useful Continuing Legal Education for any Nebraska attorney, the planning chair advises those individuals
specifically desiring to practice before the DVA to first apply and receive accreditation. For this CLE to fulfill the
requirements of 38 C.F.R. §14.629(b)(1)(ii) and (iii) for the first CLE following initial accreditation, attendance must
take place after accreditation is effective. Lawyers are advised to apply immediately for DVA accreditation.
See the following link for the steps required for accreditation: https://www.va.gov/ogc/accreditation.asp

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Registration Fees
$300 - Regular registration
$235 - NSBA dues-paying member (discounted price for NSBA dues-paying members)
Free - Law students
*Pricing options available for non-attorneys. Contact the NSBA for more information.


8:30 am     Overview of VA Benefits
John S. Berry, Jr. and Michael Koberlein of Berry Law Firm
This section will include the topics of disability compensation for service-connected injuries and illnesses, Dependent’s Indemnity compensation (DIC), and disability pensions based on need. It will also address the legal requirements for a veteran to receive service-connection for a disability from the VA. A small portion will include educational and burial benefits.

9:30 am     The VA Disability Claims Process
Jerusha Hancock and Stephani Bennett of Berry Law Firm
This section will cover the procedural requirements from filing of the initial claim and through appeals at the Regional Office, Board of Veterans’ Appeals, the Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims, and the Federal Circuit. This section will also address how HR 2288, the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, may affect procedural requirements going forward.

11:00 am    Break

11:15 am    Claims Development and Preserving Issues for Appeal
Presentation by a Panel of Attorneys and Veteran Advocates: Jerusha Hancock, Michael Koberlein, Stephani Bennett, Suzanne Kaufman-McNamara, and Lorraine Chrastil of
Berry Law Firm [Moderated by Joseph Donnelly of Berry Law Firm]

This section will provide advocacy tips on how to successfully develop VA disability claims at the Regional Office and Board level as well as spotting and preserving issues for a
future appeal.

12:30 pm    Lunch and Question and Answer Period with Panel (Lunch provided with registration)

1:30 pm      Ethical Issues in the Representation of Veterans
Andrew Strotman and John S. Berry, Jr. of Berry Law Firm
This section will discuss statutory provisions in 38 U.S.C. Chapter 59 and regulatory guidance in 38 CFR Parts 1, 14 and 20 that ensure claimants for benefits have responsible,
qualified representation in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for veterans’ benefits.

2:30 pm     Adjourn