Dec. 16 CLE Webinar: Assisting Veterans with Legal Matters, V.A. Certification, Part 2

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Dec. 16 CLE Webinar: Assisting Veterans with Legal Matters, V.A. Certification, Part 2


Are you ready to serve those who served? Coupled with the November 21, 2016 ABA Webinar, this 1.5 hour webinar will ensure you meet your accreditation requirement with VA. The webinar will proceed from where the November 21, 2016 webinar left off, providing information about pension benefits, survivor benefits and the appeals process.

Among other procedures, the panelists will discuss:

  • Qualifications necessary to receive pension
  • Benefits available to surviving spouses and family members
  • Appeals through the Regional Office, Board of Veterans Appeals and Court of Appeals for Veterans Claim

This is the second of a two-part program that will meet VA's requirements for accreditation to represent veterans in VA matters.  In order to be accredited by the VA, you must submit VA Form 21a and complete three hours of qualifying CLE in the year of your accreditation.


* Jason T. Vail, ABA Senior Attorney/Chief Counsel, Legal Services, Chicago, IL


*Angela K. Drake, Director and Supervising Attorney of The Veterans Clinic at the University of Missouri School of Law, Columbia, MO

*Edward M. Farmer, Staff Attorney, Veterans Legal Support Center and Clinic, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL

For information about VA accreditation and to download VA Form 21a, visit


States typically decide whether a program qualifies for MCLE credit in their jurisdiction 4-8 weeks after the program application is submitted.  For many live events, credit approval is not received prior to the program.

The ABA applies for and ordinarily receives CLE credit for ABA live webinars and teleconferences in AL, AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, GA, GU, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MN, MO, MT, NH, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PR, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, and WV.

The ABA does not seek direct accreditation of live webinars and teleconferences in FL, ID, ME, NE, NJ, PA, RI, and WY. Some states allow attorneys to earn credit through reciprocity or self-submission. View accreditation information for your state.

The ABA will seek credit for this program in the states indicated on this page. The ABA will seek 1.5 hours of general CLE credit in 60-minute states and 1.8 hours of CLE credit in 50-minute states. Credit hours granted are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

New York: This transitional/non-transitional CLE program is approved for newly admitted and experienced NY attorneys in accordance with the requirements of the New York State CLE Board for 1.5 New York CLE credits. All attorneys may click here to view additional MCLE information for your jurisdiction.

*Financial Assistance to defray tuition expense for ABA Health Law Section programs are available upon application on a program-by-program, case-by-case basis. Preference will be given to public interest lawyers, solo or small firm practitioners of limited means, and unemployed attorneys. Scholarship applications must be received at least two weeks before the program start date. You will be notified prior to the program if your application is approved. A minimal fee may be charged on all approved scholarship applications to defray expenses. For programs with tuition costs of $500 or more, qualifying attorneys will receive at least a 50% reduction in the course fee(s) only. To apply send a letter outlining the basis for your request of a fee reduction to Jason Billups, ABA Health Law Section, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.