Friday, October 28, 2011

Court Oral Arguments in Detroit

by Kristina Derro
Veteran Disability Lawyer

The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (Court) orders oral arguments on certain cases which present an area of law that is considered “unsettled”. The judges request oral arguments so that they can ask questions of both sides and have the attorneys present their views on why the judges should decide in their favor.

On October 26th, three judges, including the Chief Judge, came to Detroit, Michigan to hold a session of the Court at the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law. The law school offers a Veterans Disability Clinic as part of its practicum experience that its students can take, allowing the students to represent veterans in their service-connected disability claims before VA. The event allowed the students to experience an oral argument and witness how to fully prosecute claims against VA.

The visit by the Court was a two-day event. The first day, the judges’ law clerks lead a class and instructed students on how to prosecute VA claims. The second day was the oral arguments held on an actual case, followed by a question-and-answer period by the three judges. A lunch was then held, during which the law clerks also answered any questions posed to them by the students.

Positive feedback was given from the students. Since the event was open to the public, even local attorneys who practice veterans law were able to sit in on the arguments.

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