Monday, June 8, 2009

I think this is taking "out-sourcing" a bit too far

As I understand it, the DAV no longer handles appeals to the Court of Veteran Appeals

DAV has got out of the legal representation at Court business and sub-contracted (partnered) with a major intellectual property firm, Finnegan Hnderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP (

Ronald L. Smith joined Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP as pro bono counsel in July 2008. Prior to joining Finnegan, Mr. Smith served as Deputy General Counsel for Veterans Claims for the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) where he supervised all appeals to the federal courts for the DAV. Mr. Smith served with the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General from 1984 to 1989 before joining the DAV. His practice for the past nineteen years has generally been representing appellants before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Mr. Smith has prosecuted more than 400 appeals in the federal courts. He has participated in more than forty oral arguments and is associated with some of the earliest decisions of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. His cases have resulted in more than sixty published opinions.


Does this help the veterans or the legal firm?

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