Albany Law School recently hosted Katrina Eagle, vice president of the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates and a noted veterans’ rights attorney, for "Serving Those Who Served Us: Key Legal Issues Facing Homeless Veterans and How Attorneys Can Help" at the law school.
TV news channel YNN reported on the event, which took place in a packed moot courtroom.
There are more than 100,000 veterans homeless on any given night, according to estimates by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Eagle, along with other speakers from the legal and nonprofit sectors, focused on common legal problems faced by homeless veterans in New York state and provided event attendees with information about how they can provide assistance to these veterans.
"Serving Those Who Served Us” also marked the training and kick-off for Albany Law School’s new Veterans’ Rights Pro Bono Project. The project, which is partnering with the Albany Housing Coalition, matches students with Albany-area attorneys to provide basic assistance at service days to homeless veterans in need of support.
Topics covered during the event included benefits claims with the VA, discharge reviews and assisting veterans who have received minor criminal convictions. The program concluded with a panel discussion focusing on cultural competency issues in working with homeless veterans and associated ethical concerns.
Eagle recently opened her own practice, devoted solely to veterans' rights issues, after practicing as the managing partner of The Veterans Law Office of Eagle & Wildhaber, LLP, which has offices in Washington, D.C., and San Diego, Calif., where she provided legal representation to veterans and their families before all 58 VA Regional Offices, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She has also served as vice president of the National Organization of Veteran Advocates since 2007.
Other event participants included:
For information on Albany Law School’s Pro Bono program, contact Susan Feathers, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, at 518-445-3376 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event was co-sponsored by Albany Law School’s Government Law Center and the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA).