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I began practicing Veterans Law in 2007. Shortly after the law changed to allow veterans to hire attorneys to appeal VA ratings decisions, I became one of the first attorneys to become accredited by the VA to represent veterans.

When I started advocating for veterans, there were no blogs covering Veterans Law. I created the wildly popular Veterans Law Blog®, teaching the law and procedure of VA claims and appeals to veterans, VSOs, agents, and attorneys alike. That blog, a subscription-based educational resource separate and distinct from this law firm, now reaches more than a quarter-million veterans every month.

Today, due to the success and popularity of the Veterans Law Blog® (a subscription-based educational resource separate and distinct from this law firm), a law firm seeking to represent veterans can not be taken seriously if it lacks a blog on veterans law and advocacy.

Today, there are other areas of veterans law that need attention, and the firm intends to "take point" in those areas. 

Veterans Law Updates.

This category will cover changes and updates in the law that flow from the decisions of the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. and VA rule-making.

Building Sustainable Law Practices.

The lawyer representing veterans faces unique challenges. This category will share how  we are building a sustainable and profitable law firm that prioritizes the well-being of the attorney and support staff.

Elevating Voices.

Like much of American history, the experiences of black veterans has been largely overlooked, hidden behind a curtain of racism that we all pretend does not exist.

In this category, we will elevate the voices and experiences of black veterans to shed light on and begin to remedy the systematic oppression of black veterans and communities.

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Lawyer Wellness in the practice of law.

“To be a good lawyer, one has to be a healthy lawyer.”  So begins an August 2017 report from the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being. The problem with this statement, however, is that it is a false comparison. Some of… Read More
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The Business of Law

Anybody can hang out a shingle and start a small law firm, but the attorneys who will succeed must invariably learn something about the business of law. There are, in theory,  so many resources available that one might think it would be hard… Read More
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Categories: The Business of Law

Veterans Law updates.

When I represent a veteran before the VA Regional Office or BVA, I build my client’s case based on the current law as I understand it. My Notice of Disagreement is shaped by the legal errors that the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC)… Read More
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"I am a Black man who jogs."

“I am a Black man who jogs” was written by Augustus Turner, Mr. Turner retains all copyright to the image and content; it is republished here with his permission. Augustus Turner is a husband, a father, a soldier, and an attorney.… Read More
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Introducing the Lawyers Coffee Crew (Episode 001)

Earlier this year, I tested an idea – what if a group of lawyers grabbed a virtual cup of coffee every Monday morning and chatted about their progress building a profitable law firm that prioritizes the attorney’s well being? Thos… Read More
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Lawyers with a Purpose: a path to happiness in the law.

If you hear the phrase, lawyers with a purpose, what is your immediate reaction? Do you roll your eyes? Yawn? Close this page and find something else to read? I’ll be honest, the first time a business coach told me that my law practice… Read More
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Categories: Lawyer Wellness

"Mind Your Business"

The Business of Law – its not something we really think about until we need to know something about it. Every time I’ve needed to find a lawyer who can help me understand the law, argue a point in a motion or brief, or figure out the pra… Read More
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Precedential CAVC Alert: Quinn v. Wilkie (17-4555)

38 U.S.C. §7107(b) (2012) requires “[t]he Board shall decide any appeal only after affording the appellant an opportunity for a hearing.” When a veteran has a BVA hearing, and seeks another hearing after the BVA decision is vacated and remanded… Read More
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It's not bad to be an Unhappy Lawyer.

“I am not happy doing what I’m doing.” I’ve had that thought several times in my life. We all have – I hope.   In fact, the thought that I was unhappy doing what I was doing was the thought that led me to law school. Back in… Read More
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Federal Circuit Precedent Alert: Shea v. Wilkie (scope of an informal VA claim)

WHAT IS THE DEEP ISSUE? In determining whether or not a veteran’s formal claim for one condition raised an informal VA claim for a second condition, the CAVC must ensure that the BVA liberally construes the record to determine if the vetera… Read More
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Replace yourself from the ground up.

“I can’t take a day off or a vacation. Someone has to get the work done.”  If you are a lawyer and that is the reason you are not taking a vacation, or at least a day off, then you are bailing water from a sinking ship. Working to k… Read More
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PRECEDENTIAL CAVC CASE ALERT: Buffington v. Wilkie (17-4382).

What is the Deep Issue in the Case? This case involved one issue, framed in 3 ways. In this case, the veteran was receiving disability compensation from the VA when he returned to active military service. His VA benefits were automatically te… Read More
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About the "Taking Point!" Blog

From veterans law, to attorney wellness, and elevating the voices of Black veterans, the law firm of Attig | Curran | Steel, PLLC, is Taking Point!