This presentation will satisfy the minimum competency requirements set by the Department of Veterans Affairs in order to represent veterans in a variety of complex disability compensation cases before the VA. Additionally, this presentation will provide information on discharge upgrades in hopes that attendees will provide pro bono legal assistance to veterans needing help with a discharge upgrade case.
IMPORTANT! If the VA accredits you before you attend this CLE, the first three hours will satisfy the VA’s accreditation CLE requirement.
1. Attorneys and other advocates must be accredited to practice before the VA. To obtain attorney 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 must complete three hours of a qualifying CLE. The first three hours of this CLE satisfy that requirement, but only if you have already received your accreditation from the VA.
4. If you have not received accreditation, 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 VA accreditation.
Sponsored by: Houston Volunteer Lawyers, Lone Star Legal Aid, The University off Houston Law Center, South Texas College of Law, The Beacon.