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VA Rule Is A Victory For Veterans Rights; Removes Barriers To Legal Representation

May 26, 2008 (Washington, DC) — The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a final rule removing proposed red tape, which would have made it much tougher for veterans to get a lawyer. The VA clarified the rule stating, “with respect to attorneys, that a law degree, bar membership in good standing, and CLE in veteran’s benefits law and procedure is the best method to fulfill congressional intent.”

This was done in response to comments filed by the American Association for Justice last year in response to the proposed rule that the VA’s requirements for attorneys to represent veterans was not in line with Congressional intent.

“This victory ensures that our nation’s veterans who have bravely served this country are able to receive the legal representation they deserve,” said American Association for Justice President, Kathleen Flynn Peterson. “The American Association for Justice believes that we should be removing and not adding barriers to Americans’ ability to obtain adequate legal representation.”

Today, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a final rule removing proposed red tape, which would have made it much tougher for veterans to get a lawyer. The VA clarified the rule stating, “with respect to attorneys, that a law degree, bar membership in good standing, and CLE in veteran’s benefits law and procedure is the best method to fulfill congressional intent.”

This was done in response to comments filed by the American Association for Justice last year in response to the proposed rule that the VA’s requirements for attorneys to represent veterans was not in line with Congressional intent.

“This victory ensures that our nation’s veterans who have bravely served this country are able to receive the legal representation they deserve,” said American Association for Justice President, Kathleen Flynn Peterson. “The American Association for Justice believes that we should be removing and not adding barriers to Americans’ ability to obtain adequate legal representation.”