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Outreach Program Brings Appeals Court for Veterans Claims to DU Law School

Three members of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims will hear oral arguments in a claims case scheduled at the Duquesne University School of Law.

Judges Bruce E. Kasold, Lawrence B. Hagel and Alan G. Lance Sr. will hear the case of Hyatt vs. Nicholson, which arose from a claim filed by a Marine Corps veteran who is seeking service-connected disability compensation benefits. He claims that a lumbar spine disability resulted from a bayonet wound inflicted by another service member while he was on duty guarding the Tomb of the Unknowns in the Arlington National Cemetery.

Students are invited to the proceedings through the Law School Outreach Program with the hope that they will be inspired to practice veterans law after they graduate, according to the court.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims is a national court of record, providing judicial review of final decisions by the Board of Veterans Appeals, an entity within the Department of Veterans Affairs. Since its creation in 1988, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims has rendered more than 20,000 merits and procedural decisions. The issues that have come before the court have included educational benefits, dependency and indemnity compensation and disability compensation.

A question-and-answer session will follow.

Tuesday, March 20 at 11 a.m.

McArdle Moot Court Room, Room 302, Duquesne University School of Law

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