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Legal Issues Affecting Military Personnel


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  • Start Date:2022-12-06 19:00:00
  • End Date:2024-12-06 19:00:00
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  • Level:Intermediate
  • Topics:Government

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Overview

In Pennsylvania, there are over 845,000 veterans, with over half age 65 or older. As an advocate for those who so nobly served our country, it’s important that you understand veterans law – from the basics and beyond, including recent changes and developments in the law. You play an essential role in removing barriers to the benefits to which your client is entitled.

This third program in the Veterans Advocacy in Pennsylvania series introduces you to contemporary issues in military law.

The panelists share best practices, recent trends, proposed and new regulations and agency mandates, documents, policies, protocols and forms, implementation of laws and regulations, and content expertise.

Explore these topics and more:

  • Your Network: PBA Military and Veteran Affairs Committee; Federal, State and County support services; and other organizations that support legal matters
  • Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) 
  • The Service Members Civil Relief Act (SCRA) 
  • Family Law Issues
  • Discharge Upgrades
  • Disability Issues
  • Miscellaneous Matters Affecting Military Personnel and Their Families
  • Valuable Resources

Please visit our website for information about Parts One and Two in this series:

Become an Accredited VA Representative.
If you are interested in providing advice and/or representation to veterans in VA benefits matters, you MUST be accredited through the US Department of Veterans Affairs Office of General Counsel. In order to become accredited, you must fill out VA Form 21A (found here  ). Once you fill out the form and submit it to the Office of General Counsel (more information can be found here  ), you will receive notice of your accreditation. Within the first twelve months of your accreditation, you are required to take a three-hour CLE on veterans law. This program will count toward that CLE requirement. You must have already obtained your attorney ID number prior to taking the initial required CLE course. If you have any questions, please contact us  . 

Co-sponsored with the PBA Military & Veterans’ Affairs Committee .

We extend our gratitude to the Series’ planning team:

  • Lisa Grayson, Esq., Co-Chair, PBA Military & Veterans Affairs Committee
  • Stephan K. Todd, Esq., Co-Chair, PBA Military & Veterans Affairs Committee
  • Brendan Auman, Homeless Program Manager, Government Action Committee on Veterans, PA Dept. of Community & Economic Development
  • Samantha Cossman, Regional Program Outreach Coordinator, PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs, PA VETConnect 
  • Richard Prebil, Esq., Staff Attorney, Legal Aid, Veterans Advocacy Project
  • Thomas J. Reed, Professor Emeritus, Veterans Law Clinic, Widener University Delaware Law School
  • Craig Swineford, Veterans Services Specialist, Pa Dept Of Military and Veterans Affairs, Region 3
  • David Trevaskis, PBA Pro-Bono Coordinator
  • Michele Vollmer, Professor, Penn State Law

PBA members save: Contact PBI’s customer experience team to receive a 25% discount for PBA members.

All attendees will receive the course book as a digital download. A printed copy of the course book is available, at a discount to attendees, for $40. Additional copies are available at full price. If you wish to purchase the printed version of the course book, please call PBI Customer Service at 800-932-4637. Please allow up to two weeks after the program for the printed versions of the course book to be shipped.

Recorded in December 2022.

Faculty

Lisa Grayson

The Honorable Lisa M. Grayson is currently the Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans’ Court for Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.  She recently retired after serving in the United States Air Force and Pennsylvania Air National Guard as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  Prior to taking office in 2014, Ms. Grayson was a staff attorney for the United States District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, concentrating on death penalty and pro se cases. Prior to working for the Court, Ms. Grayson was in private practice, handling diverse matters in civil, criminal, and orphans’ court matters focusing on wills & probate, real estate, family, dependency, municipal, and mental health law.  Ms. Grayson is an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, currently the co-chair of the Military and Veterans Affairs committee and Cumberland County Bar Association, currently serving as a director of the board.  Ms. Grayson is a graduate of the Dickinson School of Law and Pennsylvania State University. 

Stephan Todd Esq.

Mr. Todd retired from United States Steel Corporation in 2007 as Vice President-Law and Environmental Affairs. Prior to joining U. S. Steel in 1976, he was on active duty with the U.S. Army (JAGC) and retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as a Colonel in 1996. He was a member of the Supreme Court Disciplinary from 2008 to 2014 and served as co-chair. Mr. Todd received his B.S. from Ohio State University in 1967, his J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1970, and his LL.M. from University of Virginia Law School in 1976.

Thomas Reed

Professor Reed joined the faculty at Delaware Law School as Associate Professor of Law and served in that capacity from 1981-84; as Associate Dean and Professor of Law, 1984-93; and as Professor of Law from 1984 to 2010.Professor Reed is admitted to practice in Indiana, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Reed teaches and writes in the areas of Evidence, Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, Veterans Law and Military Law, Property, Pre-Trial Methods, Trial Methods, Land Use Planning, and Wills and Trusts. Professor Reed received a B.A. from Marquette University in 1962; and a J.D. from Notre Dame Law School in 1969, where he served as a member of the Notre Dame Law Review. 

Andrew Eisemann Esq.

Mr. Eisemann, Chair
Emeritus and founder of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Military and
Veterans Affairs Committee, is a Partner of the Harrisburg firm of Capozzi
& Adler, P.C. He concentrates his practice on representing the
special legal interests of long-term health care facilities and the rights of
creditors throughout Pennsylvania. Mr. Eisemann also has extensive experience
in Debtor-Creditor Law, Bankruptcy Law, Commercial Litigation, Contracts, and
Veterans’ Rights and Benefits. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S.
Army with 17 years active duty service in Special Operations and Field
Artillery and an additional 10 years in the Reserves, including a 15-month
deployment to Iraq as a Military Advisor to an Iraqi Army Division Chief of
Staff and an Iraqi Division Legal Section. Prior to joining Capozzi and
Adler, P.C., he was an Associate Attorney at the Law Offices of Markian R.
Slobodian in Harrisburg, where he represented numerous creditors, debtors,
and the U.S. Trustee in federal and state courts. Mr. Eisemann also served a
two-year term as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Edward Guido of Cumberland
County. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New York and the U.S.
Court of Veterans’ Appeals in Washington, D.C. Mr. Eisemann is a member of
the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He received a PBA Leadership Award in 2007.
Mr. Eisemann is a graduate of the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania
State University. He was a member of the Dickinson Law Review. Mr. Eisemann
holds a B.S. in Political Science and a Regular Army Commission from the
University of Connecticut and an M.S. in International Relations from Troy
State University. He is a life member of the VFW and serves as a Trustee of
the Carlisle VFW.

Matthew Wilkov Esq.

Mr. Wilkov is a partner in the law firm of Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg and Gifford, with offices in Lansdale, Montgomery County, and Newtown, Bucks County. Prior to joining the firm in 1999, he was the Chief of Administrative Law, 82nd Airborne Division, U.S. Army Judge Advocate Generals Corps. Mr. Wilkov earned his B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and his law degree from Temple University, where he was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and the Political and Civil Rights Law Review. He has twice served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Montgomery Bar Association. Mr. Wilkov is a member of MBA’s Trial Lawyers Section and the Judiciary Committee, and a former Chair of the Young Lawyers Section and the Juvenile Rules Committee. After 28 years of commissioned service, Lieutenant Colonel Wilkov retired from the US Army Reserve in June of 2022. In his final assignment, LTC Wilkov served as the Chief of Staff for the 151st Legal Operations Detachment located in Alexandria, Virginia. In 2005, 2006 and 2007, he was selected as one of Pennsylvania’s Rising Stars as published in Philadelphia Magazine. Mr. Wilkov was also named a Lawyer on the Fast Track by The Legal Intelligencer in 2007, and has held the prestigious AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell for over a decade. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters. His practice includes criminal defense, personal injury, products liability, medical and dental malpractice, military law, veterans medical malpractice, business litigation and employment law. 

David Trevaskis Esq.

David Keller Trevaskis, Esquire, is an attorney and former third grade teacher with a master’s degree in Education. Trevaskis is the Pro Bono Coordinator for Legal Services for the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA), responsible for helping local bar associations, legal aid programs and other groups who offer legal services across the Commonwealth improve the access to justice for the neediest among us. He also promotes civic education through such organizations as the PBA, the Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies (PCSS) and Law, Education and PEACE for Kids (LEAP-Kids). Trevaskis’ work in poverty law is extensive as the PBA’s Pro Bono Office processes nearly 6000 requests for help each year through the PBA Legal Services to the Public Committee and helps organize and run clinics on a variety of subjects from expungements to elder law issues. The PBA Pro Bono Office will be posting matters for attorneys to consider on PA Pro Bono Matters starting in 2024. He is pushing hard to have every lawyer in Pennsylvania share palawhelp.org with clients and register themselves for palwhelp.org and Pennsylvania Free Legal Answers. Trevaskis staffs the PBA’s Immigration Law Committee and supports the Wills for Heroes Program of the PBA’s Young Lawyer Division which has provided first responders, essential personnel from the pandemic and veterans with wills and other estate planning documents at no cost. Trevaskis is proud of his work supporting veterans and active-duty personnel with civil legal aid through the PBA’s Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. He delights in celebrating that his namesake, nephew David Trevaskis, serves as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army. Married to a retired trial attorney, with a son, daughter and two grandsons, Trevaskis is committed to making the world a better place!


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