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CLE Hours

7.5 CLE Hours
1 Professionalism Hour and
3 Trial Practice Hours



NOVEMBER 3, 2011

State Bar of Georgia Headquarters
104 Marietta St., NW  •  Atlanta

Military Law and Veterans Law Section, State Bar of Georgia

Distinguished Guest Speakers:

Will A. Gunn, General Counsel for the Department of Veterans Affairs, was sworn in May 26, 2009. Mr. Gunn is a retired Air Force colonel, having served as a military lawyer in the Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps.

A native of Fort Lauderdale, Mr. Gunn graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with military honors in 1980. He is a 1986 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, he was elected President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, the nation’s oldest student run legal services organization. In 1990, he was selected as a White House Fellow and served in the Executive Office of the President in the Office of Cabinet Affairs. He also has a Masters of Laws degree in Environmental Law from the George Washington University School of Law and a Masters of Science degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Mr. Gunn retired from the military in 2005 and was named President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington where he led one of the largest affiliates of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In 2008, he founded the Gunn Law Firm to provide representation to military members and veterans in a range of administrative matters.

Senior Judge William P. Greene, Jr. was appointed by the President of the United States as a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims on November 7, 1997. The United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims is a national court of record, established under Article I of the Constitution of the United States. The Court has exclusive jurisdiction to provide judicial review of final decisions by the Board of Veterans' Appeals, an entity within the Department of Veterans Affairs. There are seven active judges on the Court who have been appointed to serve 13 to 15-year appointments. Judge Greene was appointed for 15 years and assumed the responsibilities of the Chief Judge of the Court on August 8, 2005.

Norman E. Zoller, Program Chair, Coordinating Attorney, Military Legal Assistance Program, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta

Welcome and Program Overview
Stephen J. Harper, Director of Programs, The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Athens
Norman E. Zoller

Status of Military Legal Assistance Program
Norman E. Zoller

VA Basic Eligibility; Disability Compensation; DIC
Drew N. Early, Lynch & Shewmaker LLC, Atlanta

Georgia Military Parents Rights Act; Background and Ramifications
William J. Camp, Westmoreland Patterson Moseley & Hinson, Warner Robins

GA Department of Veterans Affairs and Operations
Janice Eller, Dept. of Veterans Services, Decatur

VA Healthcare and Improved Pensions
Patrick C. Smith, The Smith Law Firm, P.C., Martinez

Representation before the VA, Claims Procedures, and Appeals
George E. Bradford, Jr., Office of Regional Counsel, Decatur

VA Local Appeals (Claims) Best Practices
Dwayne Nichols, Dept of Veterans Affairs, Decatur

Practice before the CAVC and Professionalism
Hon. William P. Greene, Jr., Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Washington, DC

VA General Counsel: Structure, Operations, and Professionalism
Will A. Gunn, General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC
Veterans’ Court Programs in Georgia
Lynn M. Adam, King & Spalding LLP, Atlanta
State Court Criminal Defense and the Military Defendant
Harlan H.F. Wood, The Wood Law Firm, LLC, Atlanta

Military Divorce Issues
Steven P. Shewmaker, Lynch & Shewmaker LLC, Atlanta
Patricia D. Shewmaker, Lynch & Shewmaker LLC, Atlanta

Strategies in Dividing a Military Pension and a TSP
Patricia D. Shewmaker

Your First Military Divorce Case
Steven P. Shewmaker

The Business of Military Law and VA Practices; Your First VA and Service Member Case; VA Law Mentorship and Attorney Matching Program
Norman E. Zoller

Drew N. Early
Jerbrina L. Johnson, J.L. Johnson & Associates, LLC, Atlanta
Frederick S. Jones, Jones & Associates, McDonough
Elizabeth H. Scherer, Attorney at Law, Smyrna
Closing Remarks
Charles L. Ruffin, Secretary, State Bar of Georgia, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C., Macon