Representing Veterans in Discharge Upgrades: A Step-by-Step Pro Bono Training (5/22/18)

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Product No: 30324
Duration: 2.30 Hours
Publish Date : 5/22/2018

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Many of the men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces are cut off from veterans’ services and benefits because they were given a less-than-honorable discharge. They may have served in combat or have suffered physical or mental wounds, but are nevertheless unable to access much-needed treatment and support from federal and state veterans agencies because of their discharge status. In many cases, the origin of their need for support—for example, service-related post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury—also contributed to the conduct that led to their less-than-honorable discharges.

This program presents a comprehensive, step-by-step approach to building a strong discharge upgrade petition for your veteran client. It also covers how to address common challenges in discharge upgrade practice, as well as provides updates about new laws and guidance. This pro bono training offers new strategies and information that will benefit both attorneys new to discharge upgrade practice and attorneys with some experience.

This program builds upon prior discharge upgrade pro bono trainings held in June 2015, May 2016, and May 2017. Attorneys who did not attend the prior trainings are welcome to attend this training. Please email Cassandra Shavney at for access to videos and resources from those prior trainings.

Attorneys who participate in the training will be eligible to join the Veterans Justice Pro Bono Partnership (VJPBP), established in 2015 by the Veterans Legal Clinic at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. Through the VJPBP, the Veterans Legal Clinic screens and refers veterans seeking discharge upgrades to private attorneys and then provides ongoing support and expert resources to those attorneys throughout the case. The generosity and efforts of VJPBP attorneys help to address the enormous gap in the provision of legal services to veterans and will provide much-needed advocacy to those who served the nation in uniform.


Robert Cuthbert,
Urban Justice Center

Dana Montalto, Legal Service Center of Harvard Law School

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