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October 15, 2012
Veterans’ law CLE offered in October

The Florida Bar Military Affairs Committee and Stetson University College of Law will present the 2012 Veterans’ Law Accreditation Training October 27 at the Stetson Law Center in Tampa.

A course of instruction is mandated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for those lawyers seeking departmental accreditation. The instructors from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, state and local veterans service organizations, and private practitioners are committed to provide current and accurate summaries of the topics required by the department for accreditation.

Lawyers representing veterans’ benefit claims must take a course similar to the one presented within one year following their accreditation and follow-up CLE involving veterans’ benefits law and procedure not later than three years from the date of the initial accreditation and every two years thereafter. Since a 2007 change in federal law, lawyers have the right to represent veterans before administrative bodies following the first denial of their service-connected disability claims by any Department of Veterans Affairs regional office. The previous decades-long restrictions regarding chargeable fees and costs have been rescinded and modified.

Details and registration for the CLE are available at www.law.stetson.edu/conferences/homepages.

Questions may be directed to Mary Ann Obos, Florida Bar program administrator, (850) 561-5630 or mobos@flabar.org, or John Tuthill, adjunct professor, Stetson University College of Law, (727) 572-4444 or Tuthilllaw@aol.com.

[Revised: 09-17-2014]