The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, based in Washington, D.C., will hold a public session in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 9:30 a.m.
The session at the UT College of Law is part of the Court’s Off-Site Court Program.
The court’s session accompanies a visit by Eugene R. Fidell, visiting lecturer at Yale Law School and attorney for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in his pending court martial. Fidell will deliver the Order of the Coif Distinguished Lecture titled “Military Justice and Its Reform” Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims is a federal court with exclusive jurisdiction over final decisions by the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, an entity within the Department of Veterans Affairs. The court provides veterans an impartial judicial forum for review of administrative decisions by the Board of Veterans’ Appeals that are adverse to the veteran-appellant’s claim of entitlement to benefits for service-connected disabilities, survivor benefits and other benefits, including education payments and waiver of indebtedness.
Three of the court’s seven judges will preside over oral arguments at the College of Law. The panel may include 1973 College of Law alumnus Alan G. Lance Sr., who was nominated to the court by President George W. Bush in 2004.