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Haley Smith

Phone: (866) 627 - 7764
Fax: (214) 741 - 2337

Haley Smith joined Attig | Curran | Steel in September of 2020, where she focuses on appellate advocacy before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claim

Haley’s passion for helping veterans began as an undergraduate at American University. She interned at the Association of the United States Navy, a Veterans Service Organization that advocates for America’s sailors. Haley worked with the Legislative Director in reaching out to Congressional members to gather support for veterans legislation.

Two years after her internship, Haley returned to the Association of the United States Navy as a Legislative Assistant. In that role, she worked closely with the Legislative Director on  the passage of the Forever GI Bill, and statutes to help "Blue Water" Navy veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange while serving on naval vessels with 12 km of the RVN. 

While in law school at the University of South Carolina, where Haley got first-hand experience working with veterans in the school's Veterans Legal Clinic. As a student attorney, she directly represented South Carolina veterans.

Haley is also the founding board member of Sea Service Family Foundation, which is dedicated to helping communities, families, and veterans establish living memorials, statues, and
scholarships in memory of those wars our nation's citizens have so courageously fought.

 

Admissions

Licensed to practice law in North Carolina

Admitted to United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (2020)

Accredited VA attorney (application pending)

Board Member, Sea Service Family Foundation

 

Education

B.A. Political Science, American University (2017)

J.D. University of South Carolina School of Law (2020)

Recent Cases

This case involves the BVA judge’s inadequate reasoning of a denial of a veteran’s claim for an increased rating for PTSD.   The appeal was resolved through a joint motion to remand. ISSUE ON APPEAL TO THE CAVC (BVA overlooked evidence… Read More
This case involves the BVA judge’s inadequate reasoning of his denial of a veteran’s past-due benefits in a claim for an increased rating due to an increase in the severity of the veteran’s PTSD. The appeal was resolved through a jo… Read More
This case involves the BVA’s failure to comply with a Veterans Court Order in a January 2020 Memorandum Decision. The appeal was resolved through a joint motion to remand. ISSUE ON APPEAL TO THE CAVC (BVA fails to comply with Veterans Court Ord… Read More

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Taking Point! Blog

May
23
After years of exploring different fields, I’ve found purpose-driven work here, at Attig | Curran | Steel.   There are a lot of variables in the experience of “happy.” It is difficult to keep it continuous.  Do I feel happy when my kids… Read More
May
18
When appellate courts review the decisions of lower courts – or in administrative law where a Court like the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) reviews the decisions of the BVA, an administrative tribunal – they use “… Read More
May
16
Let me tell you the story of two veterans. The first veteran – we’ll call him Jim – claimed he was exposed to herbicides – Agent Orange – outside of the Republic of Vietnam. After the VA spent decades denying his claim,… Read More
Mar
2
In January 2021, the loss of use of a reproductive organ for SMC purposes was the focus of a panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals Veterans Claims issued a precedential opinion in Bria v. Wilkie.   The panel consisted of Judge Mere… Read More

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