Legal Issues Affecting Veterans With Disabilities: Caring for Those Who Have “Borne the Battle”

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Program Chair:

John W. Egan
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

  • On returning home from active duty, veterans with disabilities and health conditions are often faced with myriad of challenges.  With Veterans Day around the corner, this program seeks to shed light on a number of important issues impacting veterans with disabilities, including benefits, accommodations, and the practical challenges of reintegrating into day-to-day life.  The goal of this program is to empower lawyers interested in helping those who, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, have “borne the battle.”

    Program Fee: Free for Members | $50 for Nonmembers & Non-Attorneys

    Newly admitted New York attorneys (attorneys admitted to the New York State Bar for two years or less) cannot earn CLE credit in the category of Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias.

  • Colonel Matthew Bogdanos
    US Marine Corps (Ret.)
    Assistant District Attorney
    New York County District Attorney’s Office
    Art Cody
    Director of Criminal Law
    Veteran Advocacy Project
    Kent Eiler
    Project Director
    City Bar Justice Center Veterans Assistance Project
    Peter Ivan
    Alumni of the Veterans Court
    Combat Medic Deployed to Afghanistan
    Peter Kempner
    Legal Director & Elderly Project Director
    Volunteers of Legal Service
    Hon.  Juan M. Merchan
    Acting Justice Supreme Court  – Judge Court of Claims
    Presiding Justice – Manhattan Mental Health Court
    Presiding Justice – Manhattan Veterans Court
    Hon. Ruth Pickholz
    New York County Supreme Court, Criminal Term, First Judicial District of New York
    Hon. Carol Sharpe
    Supervising Judge
    New York City Civil Court, New York County
    Anne-Marie Whelan
    Assistant District Attorney
    Manhattan District Attorney’s Office

  • 9:00 am – 9:25 am Breakfast
    9:25 am – 9:30 am Program Introduction
    John Egan, DLC Chair
    9:30 am – 10:20 am Keynote Presentation
    Colonel Matthew Bogdanos

    • Presentation regarding various issues veterans with disabilities face upon reintegration into civilian life followed by a Q&A session moderated by John W. Egan and Justice Ruth Pickholz
    10:20 am – 10:30 am Break
    10:30 am – 11:20 am Veterans Court Panel

    • Discussion moderated by Justice Carol Sharpe and will feature a judge, prosecutor, and defense attorney of the New York City Veteran’s Treatment Court, which is a criminal diversion program for veteran-defendants suffering from addition, mental illness, and/or co-occurring disorders.
    • The panel will cover how the Veterans’ Treatment Court is critical in reintegrating veterans with disabilities into civilian life, and preventing them from either remaining in the criminal justice system or becoming reoffenders.
    11:20 am – 11:30 am Break
    11:30 am – 12:20 pm Veterans Benefits Presentation

    • Discussion by experienced practitioners before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and dedicated advocates for veterans with disabilities in their pursuit of compensation for their service-connected disabilities.
    • The presentation will give a primer on the procedure for veterans obtaining service-connected compensation and the myriad obstacles that veterans with disabilities face, and will seek to encourage increased pro bono representation of veterans with disabilities.
    12:20 pm – 1:00 pm Networking

  • CLE Credit
    New York:
    2.0 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias
    New Jersey:
     2.0 General
     2.0 General
     1.5 General

  • This program has been generously sponsored by:


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    Sponsoring Association Committees:
    Disability Law | John W. Egan, Chair
    Military Affairs & Justice | Erik L. Wilson, Chair

    Co-Sponsoring Organization:
    City Bar Justice Center Veterans Assistance Project | Kent Eiler, Project Director

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Angie Avila, Manager, Membership Outreach and Sponsorships | (212) 382-6608 |