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Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys Makes Pro Bono Commitment To Help Disabled Veterans at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

By December 11, 2013VA Disability

Buffalo, NY  — Recently, Brad Davidzik, an attorney with Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys, PLLC, traveled to Washington, D.C. for training focused on representing veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.  The training was sponsored by The Veterans Consortium as part of an effort to have attorneys make a commitment to represent veterans on a pro bono basis.

This pro bono commitment not only helps the veterans, but also helps the court.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims has one of the highest percentages of litigants acting pro se of any Appeals court in the U.S.  Getting attorneys involved not only helps the nine Judges sitting on the bench with identifying and briefing meritorious issues, but it also helps to whittle down the current backlog of cases.  A speaker at the training aptly summed up size of the backlog when he stated, “No matter what you have read about how bad the backlog of veterans claims is – the reality is far worse.”

Mr. Davidzik is looking forward to working with veterans on their appeals, stating, “There is no appellate court in the United States that has as many unrepresented litigants as the U.S. Veterans Court of Appeals. Everyone wants these folks, who have given so much in service to our country, to have an advocate fighting for them, including the judges of the Court. Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys is honored to do our part in making sure veterans claims do not slip through the bureaucratic cracks in the system.”

Only a handful of law firms from across the country were selected to attend this event, which had strict standards for acceptance. Mr. Davidzik was one of 75 attorneys nationwide who was accepted into the program. The seminar gave attorneys a chance to learn more about the VA claims process through a series of lectures. Included among the lecturers were VA disability attorneys, a Veterans Court of Appeals Judge, and a clerk from the Veterans Court of Appeals. The topics covered included the claims backlog, the basics of VA disability, and the rules of procedure for the Veterans Court of Appeals.