Seminar  Program

Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2017 (Free)


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IMPORTANT! If you get accredited by the VA before you attend this training, the first three hours will satisfy the VA’s CLE requirement.  

  1. Attorneys and other advocates must be accredited to practice before the VA.To obtain accreditation you must complete this form:www.va.gov/vaforms/va/pdf/VA21a.pdf.
  2. Accreditation by the VA may take several weeks, so do not delay filing your application.You can speed up the process by emailing the form to: OGCAccreditationMailbox@va.gov.
  3. Within 12 months after accreditation you are required to complete three hours of qualifying CLE. The morning session of this program satisfies that requirement, but only if you have already received your accreditation from the VA. If you have not received it, you should still watch this program, but keep in mind that you will need to complete three additional hours of CLE within 12 months after receiving your accreditation.
  4. Attorneys and other advocates who become accredited will be listed on a national VA list, and are entitled to represent veterans in their claims for benefits, on a pro bono basis, and for attorney’s fees on appeals, where they are available.

Why You Should Attend
There are over 21 million veterans in the U.S.; many of them are not aware of the benefits to which they are entitled. Medical and financial assistance are available to those who have served in the military, but many veterans most in need are not receiving VA benefits. Navigating the VA claims system and applying for discharge upgrades before the Department of Defense are difficult and complex processes. Attorneys play an essential role in removing barriers to VA benefits, such as:
  • Lack of evidence to “service-connect” their injuries or disabilities.
  • Lack of current medical or mental health evidence documenting severity of symptoms for accurate disability ratings.
  • VA eligibility determinations for those given less than fully honorable discharges for behaviors that were related to minor disciplinary infractions or symptoms of Post- Traumatic Stress or other service-related disabilities.  

    What You Will Learn
    Nearly 45% of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan seek compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for service related injuries; 30% of these veterans who file for VA benefits include claims for Post-Traumatic Stress. Many of those who should receive benefits will be denied. Many service members who may be VA eligible are unaware of their legal right to pursue VA benefits, and of those who do apply, more than 90% will be denied. All of them will wait months or years for the VA to issue decisions on their claims. Learn how to navigate the VA claims process and to become an effective advocate for veterans in need. This all-day program will provide an overview of VA disability law and military discharge review law. You will gain an understanding of different types of military discharges, why they are important, and how you can help veterans with less than Honorable discharges.

  • The three one-hour morning sessions provide the basics you need to represent veterans before the VA. It will also cover the interactions between VA benefits and other public benefits, such as SSI and SSDI. The morning session fulfills the VA’s requirement for qualifying CLE within the first 12 months of your VA accreditation.
  • The 1:45 session, Veteran Cultural Competency: Combat to Community will help veterans’ advocates to understand the challenges that veterans face in their transition to a noncombat community, and provide tips on interviewing and providing legal services to veterans with disabilities.
  • The 2:45 to 5:00 sessions will provide attorneys with the tools that they need to assist veterans in upgrading their discharge status and removing stigmatizing information from their discharge documents.

    Who Should Attend
    Attorneys seeking meaningful pro bono opportunities and any advocate who wants to help change the life of a veteran with a disability. Attorneys seeking to meet VA’s CLE requirements for new and continuing VA accreditation should also attend. Finally, attorneys who hope to expand their practice areas to include veterans’ cases where fees are available should register for one or more of the sessions.


  • PLI Group Discounts

    Groups of 4-14 from the same organization, all registering at the same time, for a PLI program scheduled for presentation at the same site, are entitled to receive a group discount. For further discount information, please contact membership@pli.edu or call (800) 260-4PLI.

    PLI Can Arrange Group Viewing to Your Firm

    Contact the Groupcasts Department via email at groupcasts@pli.edu for more details.

    Cancellations

    All cancellations received 3 business days prior to the program will be refunded 100%. If you do not cancel within the allotted time period, payment is due in full. You may substitute another individual to attend the program at any time.

    9:00 Program Overview and Introductions
    Michael Blecker, Elizabeth A. Hom, Barbara Saavedra

    9:15 Introduction to Benefits for Veterans with Disabilities

    To introduce the topic, we will define the term “veteran”, provide an overview of the various benefits that veterans can receive from the VA, discuss the VA attorney accreditation process for those interested in practicing in this field, and emphasize the need for pro bono attorneys to assist veterans.  We will also discuss basic veteran eligibility, particularly for those veterans who were discharged with less than honorable discharges, making them ineligible for VA benefits.

    • Administrative Background
    • Benefits available from the Department of Veterans Affairs
    • Veteran Eligibility
    • VA Character of Discharge Determinations

    Nicole M. Perez, Cathy Wong



    10:15 VA Service Connected Disability Compensation

    In this hour, we will discuss service-connected disability compensation, the three requirements to win a claim for this benefit, and the VA’s disability percentage rating system. We will also explain procedure, including how to pursue a claim for the initial application through to an appeal to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. 

    • Service Connected Disability Compensation
    • Evaluating and Developing the Claim
    • VA Procedure
    • Hearings and Appeals
    • Summary/Practice Tips

    Devin Bissman, Cathy Wong



    11:15 Networking Break

    11:30 Special Disabilities, Interaction between VA Benefits and Other Public Benefits

    During this hour, we will discuss some of the signature wounds of the more recent conflicts as well as how to build a disability claim based on a sexual assault. We will also cover the various interactions between VA benefits and other public benefits, such as SSI and SSDI.

    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Military Sexual Trauma
    • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
    • Applying for VA Non-Service Connected Pension / Interaction between VA & other Public Benefits
    • Attorney’s Fees

    Rose Carmen Goldberg, Nicole M. Perez



    12:30 Lunch

    1:45 Veteran Cultural Competency: Combat to Community; Demographics, Cultural Characteristics, Myths and Stereotypes about Veterans; Legal Interviewing Tips

    In order to assist you in developing a positive and sensitive relationship with your clients, we will discuss military culture and the challenges that veterans face in transitioning from combat back into their communities.  We will also provide tips for interviewing veteran clients and building rapport and trust.

    • Working with Veterans Transitioning from Combat to the Community
    • Challenges Veterans Face
    • Services and Supports for Veterans
    • Legal Interviewing and Client-centered Approaches

    Shannon Kissinger, Barbara Saavedra



    2:45 Military Discharge Upgrade and Review I

    A less than fully Honorable discharge has many consequences: it disqualifies the veteran from many VA benefits; it can impact a veteran’s employment opportunities; and it may cause feelings of shame, inadequacy, and anger.  We will explain how you can help a veteran upgrade his or her discharge by applying to the Discharge Review Boards and Boards for Correction of Military Records.

    • The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and Character of Military Service
    • Post-Military Service Problems for Those with Less Than Fully Honorable Discharges
    • Military Discharge Review Boards and Boards for Correction of Military/Naval Records
    • Reasons for Upgrade: Equity or Propriety; Correcting Errors or Injustices; Clemency

    Margaret Kuzma, RoseMarie Maliekel



    3:45 Networking Break

    4:00 Military Discharge Upgrade and Review II

    Discharge review work is document-heavy, and this session covers everything you need to know about obtaining and evaluating evidence.  Many veterans are discharged from the military for reasons that are unjust or inaccurate, and assistance is needed to remove stigmatizing information from their discharge documents. 

    • Obtaining and Evaluating Military Records and other Evidence; Developing the Case
    • Changing the Reason for Discharge
    • Wrongful Personality Disorder Discharges vs. Disability Discharges
    • General Practice Pointers

    Margaret Kuzma

    5:00 Adjourn



    Co-Chair(s)
    Elizabeth A. Hom ~ Program Developer, Office of Legal Services, The State Bar of California
    Barbara Saavedra ~ Senior Staff Attorney/Interim Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
    Speaker(s)
    Devin Bissman ~ Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
    Michael Blecker ~ Executive Director, Swords to Plowshares
    Rose Carmen Goldberg ~ Skadden Fellow, Swords to Plowshares
    Shannon Kissinger ~ Policy Associate, Institute for Veteran Policy, Swords to Plowshares
    Margaret Kuzma ~ Staff Attorney, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
    RoseMarie Maliekel ~ Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
    Nicole M. Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
    Cathy Wong ~ Staff Attorney & Pro Bono Manager, Swords to Plowshares
    Program Attorney(s)
    Christina Thompson ~ Senior Pro Bono Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute
    General credit information about this format appears below. For credit information specific to this program, please choose your jurisdiction(s) in the Credit Information box on the right-hand side of this page.

    PLI’s live and on-demand webcasts are single-user license products intended for an individual registrant only. Credit will be issued only to the individual registered. If two or more individuals wish to participate in a webcast and receive credit, PLI would be happy to provide a Groupcast – group viewing of a webcast. To schedule a Groupcast, please contact PLI at groupcasts@pli.edu.


    U.S. MCLE States

    Alabama:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

    Alaska:  All PLI products can fulfill Alaska’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

    Arizona:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “interactive CLE” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via interactive CLE programs.

    Arkansas:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

    California:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “participatory” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via participatory programs.

    Colorado:  All PLI products can fulfill Colorado’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

    Connecticut: Effective January 1, 2017, all PLI products can fulfill Connecticut’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

    Delaware:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “eCLE” credit. Attorneys are limited to 12 credits of eCLE per reporting period.

    Florida:  All PLI products can fulfill Florida’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

    Georgia:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “in-house” credit. Attorneys are limited to 6 in-house credits per reporting period.

    Hawaii:  All PLI products can fulfill Hawaii’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

    Idaho:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

    Illinois:  All PLI products can fulfill Illinois' CLE requirements for experienced attorneys. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

    Indiana:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “distance education” credit. Attorneys are limited to 9 credits of distance education per reporting period.

    Iowa:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

    Kansas:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

    Kentucky:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

    Louisiana:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “self-study” credit. Attorneys are limited to 4 credits of self-study per reporting period.

    Maine:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

    Minnesota:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

    Mississippi:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “distance learning” credit. Attorneys are limited to 6 credits of distance learning per reporting period.

    Missouri:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

    Montana:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

    Nebraska:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “computer-based learning” credit. Attorneys are limited to 5 credits of computer-based learning per reporting period.

    Nevada:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

    New Hampshire:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

    New Jersey:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “alternative verifiable learning formats” credit. Attorneys are limited to 12 credits of alternative verifiable learning formats per reporting period.

    New Mexico:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

    New York

    Experienced Attorneys:  All PLI products can fulfill New York’s CLE requirements for experienced attorneys. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

    Newly Admitted Attorneys:  PLI’s transitional live webcasts can be used to fulfill the requirements for New York newly admitted attorneys. Ethics credit, professional practice credit, and law practice management credit may be earned via transitional live webcasts. Skills credits may not be earned via live webcasts.

    North Carolina:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

    North Dakota:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

    Ohio:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “self-study” credit. Attorneys are limited to 12 credits of self-study per reporting period.

    Oklahoma:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

    Oregon:  All PLI products can fulfill Oregon’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

    Pennsylvania:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “distance learning” credit. Attorneys are limited to 6 credits of distance learning per reporting period.

    Puerto Rico:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “non-traditional” credit. Attorneys are limited to 8 credits of non-traditional programs per reporting period.

    Rhode Island:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

    South Carolina:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “alternatively delivered” credit. Attorneys are limited to 6 credits of alternatively delivered programs per reporting period.

    Tennessee:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “distance learning” credit. Attorneys are limited to 8 credits of distance learning per reporting period.

    Texas:  All PLI products can fulfill Texas’ CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

    Utah:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “self-study” credit. Attorneys are limited to 12 credits of self-study per reporting period.

    Vermont:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

    Virgin Islands:  All PLI products can fulfill the Virgin Islands’ CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

    Virginia:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live interactive” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live interactive programs.

    Washington:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

    West Virginia:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “online” credit. Attorneys are limited to 12 credits of online instruction per reporting period.

    Wisconsin:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

    Wyoming:  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live webcasts.

    CPD Jurisdictions

    British Columbia (CPD-BC):  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “real-time” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via real-time programs.

    Ontario (CPD-ON):  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “interactive” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via interactive programs.

    Quebec (CPD-QC):  PLI’s live webcasts can fulfill Quebec’s CPD requirements.

    Hong Kong (CPD-HK):  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “distance learning” credit. Attorneys are limited to 15 points of distance learning programs per reporting period.

    United Kingdom (CPD-UK):  PLI’s live webcasts can fulfill the United Kingdom’s CPD requirements.

    Australia (CPD-AUS):  PLI’s live webcasts may fulfill Australia’s CPD requirements. Credit limits for live webcasts vary according to jurisdiction. Please refer to your jurisdiction’s CPD information page for specifics.

    Other Credit Types

    CPE Credit (NASBA):  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “Group-Internet-Based” (GIB) credit.

    IRS Continuing Education (IRS-CE):  PLI’s live webcasts may fulfill IRS-CE requirements. To request IRS-CE credit, please notify PLI at plicredits@pli.edu of your request and include your Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN).

    Certified Fraud Examiner CPE:  PLI’s live webcasts may fulfill Certified Fraud Examiner CPE requirements. To request CPE credit or find out which programs offer CPE, please contact PLI at plicredits@pli.edu.

    IAPP Continuing Privacy Credit (CPE):  PLI’s live webcasts may fulfill Privacy CPE credit requirements.

    HR Recertification (HRCI):  PLI’s live webcasts may fulfill HR credit requirements.

    SHRM Recertification (SHRM):  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as "instructor-led" credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an SHRM professional can earn via instructor-led programs.

    Compliance Certification Board (CCB):  PLI’s live webcasts qualify as “live” training events. There is no limit to the number of credits a candidate or certification holder can earn via live programs.

    Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (CAMS):  PLI’s live webcasts may fulfill CAMS credit requirements.

    New York State Social Worker Continuing Education (SW CPE):  PLI’s live webcasts may fulfill SW CPE credit requirements.

     

    IMPORTANT! If you get accredited by the VA before you attend this training, the first three hours will satisfy the VA’s CLE requirement.  

    1. Attorneys and other advocates must be accredited to practice before the VA.To obtain accreditation you must complete this form:www.va.gov/vaforms/va/pdf/VA21a.pdf.
    2. Accreditation by the VA may take several weeks, so do not delay filing your application.You can speed up the process by emailing the form to: OGCAccreditationMailbox@va.gov.
    3. Within 12 months after accreditation you are required to complete three hours of qualifying CLE. The morning session of this program satisfies that requirement, but only if you have already received your accreditation from the VA. If you have not received it, you should still watch this program, but keep in mind that you will need to complete three additional hours of CLE within 12 months after receiving your accreditation.
    4. Attorneys and other advocates who become accredited will be listed on a national VA list, and are entitled to represent veterans in their claims for benefits, on a pro bono basis, and for attorney’s fees on appeals, where they are available.

    Why You Should Attend
    There are over 21 million veterans in the U.S.; many of them are not aware of the benefits to which they are entitled. Medical and financial assistance are available to those who have served in the military, but many veterans most in need are not receiving VA benefits. Navigating the VA claims system and applying for discharge upgrades before the Department of Defense are difficult and complex processes. Attorneys play an essential role in removing barriers to VA benefits, such as:
  • Lack of evidence to “service-connect” their injuries or disabilities.
  • Lack of current medical or mental health evidence documenting severity of symptoms for accurate disability ratings.
  • VA eligibility determinations for those given less than fully honorable discharges for behaviors that were related to minor disciplinary infractions or symptoms of Post- Traumatic Stress or other service-related disabilities.  

    What You Will Learn
    Nearly 45% of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan seek compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for service related injuries; 30% of these veterans who file for VA benefits include claims for Post-Traumatic Stress. Many of those who should receive benefits will be denied. Many service members who may be VA eligible are unaware of their legal right to pursue VA benefits, and of those who do apply, more than 90% will be denied. All of them will wait months or years for the VA to issue decisions on their claims. Learn how to navigate the VA claims process and to become an effective advocate for veterans in need. This all-day program will provide an overview of VA disability law and military discharge review law. You will gain an understanding of different types of military discharges, why they are important, and how you can help veterans with less than Honorable discharges.

  • The three one-hour morning sessions provide the basics you need to represent veterans before the VA. It will also cover the interactions between VA benefits and other public benefits, such as SSI and SSDI. The morning session fulfills the VA’s requirement for qualifying CLE within the first 12 months of your VA accreditation.
  • The 1:45 session, Veteran Cultural Competency: Combat to Community will help veterans’ advocates to understand the challenges that veterans face in their transition to a noncombat community, and provide tips on interviewing and providing legal services to veterans with disabilities.
  • The 2:45 to 5:00 sessions will provide attorneys with the tools that they need to assist veterans in upgrading their discharge status and removing stigmatizing information from their discharge documents.

    Who Should Attend
    Attorneys seeking meaningful pro bono opportunities and any advocate who wants to help change the life of a veteran with a disability. Attorneys seeking to meet VA’s CLE requirements for new and continuing VA accreditation should also attend. Finally, attorneys who hope to expand their practice areas to include veterans’ cases where fees are available should register for one or more of the sessions.


  • PLI Group Discounts

    Groups of 4-14 from the same organization, all registering at the same time, for a PLI program scheduled for presentation at the same site, are entitled to receive a group discount. For further discount information, please contact membership@pli.edu or call (800) 260-4PLI.

    PLI Can Arrange Group Viewing to Your Firm

    Contact the Groupcasts Department via email at groupcasts@pli.edu for more details.

    Cancellations

    All cancellations received 3 business days prior to the program will be refunded 100%. If you do not cancel within the allotted time period, payment is due in full. You may substitute another individual to attend the program at any time.

    9:00 Program Overview and Introductions
    Michael Blecker, Elizabeth A. Hom, Barbara Saavedra

    9:15 Introduction to Benefits for Veterans with Disabilities

    To introduce the topic, we will define the term “veteran”, provide an overview of the various benefits that veterans can receive from the VA, discuss the VA attorney accreditation process for those interested in practicing in this field, and emphasize the need for pro bono attorneys to assist veterans.  We will also discuss basic veteran eligibility, particularly for those veterans who were discharged with less than honorable discharges, making them ineligible for VA benefits.

    • Administrative Background
    • Benefits available from the Department of Veterans Affairs
    • Veteran Eligibility
    • VA Character of Discharge Determinations

    Nicole M. Perez, Cathy Wong



    10:15 VA Service Connected Disability Compensation

    In this hour, we will discuss service-connected disability compensation, the three requirements to win a claim for this benefit, and the VA’s disability percentage rating system. We will also explain procedure, including how to pursue a claim for the initial application through to an appeal to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. 

    • Service Connected Disability Compensation
    • Evaluating and Developing the Claim
    • VA Procedure
    • Hearings and Appeals
    • Summary/Practice Tips

    Devin Bissman, Cathy Wong



    11:15 Networking Break

    11:30 Special Disabilities, Interaction between VA Benefits and Other Public Benefits

    During this hour, we will discuss some of the signature wounds of the more recent conflicts as well as how to build a disability claim based on a sexual assault. We will also cover the various interactions between VA benefits and other public benefits, such as SSI and SSDI.

    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Military Sexual Trauma
    • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
    • Applying for VA Non-Service Connected Pension / Interaction between VA & other Public Benefits
    • Attorney’s Fees

    Rose Carmen Goldberg, Nicole M. Perez



    12:30 Lunch

    1:45 Veteran Cultural Competency: Combat to Community; Demographics, Cultural Characteristics, Myths and Stereotypes about Veterans; Legal Interviewing Tips

    In order to assist you in developing a positive and sensitive relationship with your clients, we will discuss military culture and the challenges that veterans face in transitioning from combat back into their communities.  We will also provide tips for interviewing veteran clients and building rapport and trust.

    • Working with Veterans Transitioning from Combat to the Community
    • Challenges Veterans Face
    • Services and Supports for Veterans
    • Legal Interviewing and Client-centered Approaches

    Shannon Kissinger, Barbara Saavedra



    2:45 Military Discharge Upgrade and Review I

    A less than fully Honorable discharge has many consequences: it disqualifies the veteran from many VA benefits; it can impact a veteran’s employment opportunities; and it may cause feelings of shame, inadequacy, and anger.  We will explain how you can help a veteran upgrade his or her discharge by applying to the Discharge Review Boards and Boards for Correction of Military Records.

    • The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and Character of Military Service
    • Post-Military Service Problems for Those with Less Than Fully Honorable Discharges
    • Military Discharge Review Boards and Boards for Correction of Military/Naval Records
    • Reasons for Upgrade: Equity or Propriety; Correcting Errors or Injustices; Clemency

    Margaret Kuzma, RoseMarie Maliekel



    3:45 Networking Break

    4:00 Military Discharge Upgrade and Review II

    Discharge review work is document-heavy, and this session covers everything you need to know about obtaining and evaluating evidence.  Many veterans are discharged from the military for reasons that are unjust or inaccurate, and assistance is needed to remove stigmatizing information from their discharge documents. 

    • Obtaining and Evaluating Military Records and other Evidence; Developing the Case
    • Changing the Reason for Discharge
    • Wrongful Personality Disorder Discharges vs. Disability Discharges
    • General Practice Pointers

    Margaret Kuzma

    5:00 Adjourn



    Co-Chair(s)
    Elizabeth A. Hom ~ Program Developer, Office of Legal Services, The State Bar of California
    Barbara Saavedra ~ Senior Staff Attorney/Interim Legal Director, Swords to Plowshares
    Speaker(s)
    Devin Bissman ~ Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
    Michael Blecker ~ Executive Director, Swords to Plowshares
    Rose Carmen Goldberg ~ Skadden Fellow, Swords to Plowshares
    Shannon Kissinger ~ Policy Associate, Institute for Veteran Policy, Swords to Plowshares
    Margaret Kuzma ~ Staff Attorney, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
    RoseMarie Maliekel ~ Staff Attorney, Swords to Plowshares
    Nicole M. Perez ~ Directing Attorney, Veterans Justice Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
    Cathy Wong ~ Staff Attorney & Pro Bono Manager, Swords to Plowshares
    Program Attorney(s)
    Christina Thompson ~ Senior Pro Bono Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute

    San Francisco Seminar Location

    PLI California Center, 685 Market Street, San Francisco, California 94105. (800) 260-4754.

    San Francisco Hotel Accommodations

    Park Central Hotel, 50 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. 415-974-6400. When calling, please mention PLI and SET#287179. In addition, you may book online at Park Central Hotel PLI.

    Omni Hotel San Francisco, 500 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94104. 415-677-9494.  When calling, please mention Practising Law Institute.  You may also book online at PLI Omni Hotel 2017.

    Due to high demand we recommend reserving hotel rooms as early as possible.

    General credit information about this format appears below. For credit information specific to this program, please choose your jurisdiction(s) in the Credit Information box on the right-hand side of this page.


    U.S. MCLE States

    Alabama: PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    Alaska:  All PLI products can fulfill Alaska’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

    Arizona:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “interactive CLE” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via interactive CLE programs.

    Arkansas:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    California:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “participatory” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via participatory programs.

    Colorado:  All PLI products can fulfill Colorado’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

    Connecticut: Effective January 1, 2017, all PLI products can fulfill Connecticut’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

    Delaware:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    Florida:  All PLI products can fulfill Florida’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

    Georgia:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    Hawaii:  All PLI products can fulfill Hawaii’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

    Idaho:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    Illinois: All PLI products can fulfill Illinois' CLE requirements for experienced attorneys. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

    Indiana:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    Iowa:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    Kansas:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live programs.

    Kentucky:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    Louisiana:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    Maine:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    Minnesota:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    Mississippi:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    Missouri:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    Montana:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    Nebraska:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    Nevada:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    New Hampshire:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    New Jersey:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    New Mexico:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    New York

    Experienced Attorneys:  All PLI products can fulfill New York’s CLE requirements for experienced attorneys. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

    Newly Admitted Attorneys:  PLI’s transitional live seminars can be used to fulfill the requirements for newly admitted attorneys. All credit categories may be earned via transitional live seminars.

    North Carolina:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars

    North Dakota:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    Ohio:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    Oklahoma:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    Oregon:  All PLI products can fulfill Oregon’s CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

    Pennsylvania: PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    Puerto Rico:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    Rhode Island:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    South Carolina:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    Tennessee:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    Texas:  All PLI products can fulfill Texas’ CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

    Utah:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    Vermont:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    Virgin Islands:  All PLI products can fulfill the Virgin Islands’ CLE requirements. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via PLI products.

    Virginia:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live interactive” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live interactive programs.

    Washington:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    West Virginia:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    Wisconsin:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    Wyoming:  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    CPD Jurisdictions

    British Columbia (CPD-BC):  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “real-time” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via real-time programs.

    Ontario (CPD-ON):  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “interactive” credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via interactive programs.

    Quebec (CPD-QC): PLI’s live seminars can fulfill Quebec’s CPD requirements.

    Hong Kong (CPD-HK):  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit. There is no limit to the number of points an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    United Kingdom (CPD-UK):  PLI’s live seminars can fulfill the United Kingdom’s CPD requirements.

    Australia (CPD-AUS):  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” credit in all Australian jurisdictions. There is no limit to the number of credits an attorney can earn via live seminars.

    Other Credit Types

    CPE Credit (NASBA): PLI’s live seminars qualify as “Group-Live delivery” credit.

    IRS Continuing Education (IRS-CE): PLI’s live seminars may fulfill IRS-CE requirements. To request IRS-CE credit, please notify PLI at plicredits@pli.edu of your request and include your Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN).

    Certified Fraud Examiner CPE:  PLI’s live seminars may fulfill Certified Fraud Examiner CPE requirements. To request CPE credit or find out which programs offer CPE, please contact PLI at plicredits@pli.edu.

    IAPP Continuing Privacy Credit (CPE):  PLI’s live seminars may fulfill Privacy CPE credit requirements.

    HR Recertification (HRCI):  PLI’s live seminars may fulfill HR credit requirements.

    SHRM Recertification (SHRM):  PLI’s live seminars qualify as "instructor-led" credit. There is no limit to the number of credits an SHRM professional can earn via instructor-led programs.

    Compliance Certification Board (CCB):  PLI’s live seminars qualify as “live” training events. There is no limit to the number of credits a candidate or certification holder can earn via live programs.

    Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (CAMS):  PLI’s live seminars may fulfill CAMS credit requirements.

    New York State Social Worker Continuing Education (SW CPE):  PLI’s live seminars may fulfill SW CPE credit requirements.

     

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    Thank you for providing this important information for free to empower the legal community to serve as veterans advocates.

    This was an excellent seminar - both materials and presentations.

    
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