Practice Representing Veterans before the Department of Veterans Affairs
The South Carolina Bar-Continuing Legal Education Division
Live at the
Bar Conference Center
1501 Park Street
Columbia, SC 29202
About the Seminar
This program qualifies for 4.0 MCLE credit hours, including 1.0 LEPR credit hour.
This program is designed to provide attendees three hours of CLE that will meet the CLE requirements for
initial and post-accreditation required by the VA for attorneys who represent claimants before the VA. 38
CFR 14.629(b)(1)(iii-iv). Followed by an hour of ethics, the session will conclude with a wine reception and a great opportunity to network with other elder law and VA disability law attorneys.
REGARDING CLE PREREQUISITE
If you intend to use these three hours of CLE to meet the requirements for initial or post-accreditation, you
must already be accredited by the VA to represent veterans. To assist claimants in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for VA benefits, you must be accredited by the VA. Attorney accreditation requires the following: (1) application (VA Form 21a) submitted to the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of General Counsel; (2) self-certification regarding admission information to practice before any other court, bar, or State or Federal agency; and (3) determination of character and fitness (absent credible information to the contrary, the General Counsel will presume an attorney’s character and fitness to practice before the VA if an attorney’s membership is in good standing with the state bar). Within 12 months of initial accreditation, an attorney must complete an approved CLE course for a minimum of three hours.
Attorneys shall certify completion of the initial CLE requirement and submit the relevant information to the
Office of General Counsel. The full text can be found at 38 C.F.R. §14.629(b) (1).
*In order for this course to qualify for the 3.0 CLE requirement, you must have filed the necessary application and self-certification and have received approval from Veteran Affairs before the seminar. Be sure to apply immediately at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/form_detail.asp?FormNo=21a
12:30 p.m. Registration
12:50 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks
1 p.m. Representation before VA; Claims Procedures and Basic Eligibility for VA benefits; Right to Appeal
Rebecca C. Patrick
Bluestein Nichols Thompson & Delgado, LLC
3 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. Veteran Affair Certification / Recertification (continued)
4:15 p.m. Ethics: Best Practices and Lava Lamps
Kathryn Cook DeAngelo
Kathryn Cook DeAngelo Law Firm, Ltd.
5:15 p.m. Adjourn