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The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims held oral arguments on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. The event presented an opportunity for law students and members of the legal community to see experienced veterans law practitioners argue before a three-judge panel of the court. The panel consisted of (left to right) Judges Joseph L. Toth, Amanda L. Meredith, and Joseph L. Falvey. The court, located in Washington, D.C. and created in 1988, has exclusive jurisdiction to review final decisions by the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. Prior to the establishment of the court, there was no direct judicial recourse for veterans who were denied Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits, such as disability compensation. The court visits law schools throughout the country to educate students about its important role in veterans’ issues and the development of law in the area of veterans’ benefits.  Students from the Detroit Mercy Law Veterans Law Clinic were among the attendees at the hearing.

– Photo by John Meiu

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