The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims will hear the case of Stewart v. Shulkin, M.D. in the Robinson Courtroom of Washburn Law on Thursday, February 15, 2018. Students, faculty, staff, and members of the public will have the opportunity to sit in on the session, which begins at 9:30 a.m. A question and answer session with the judges about the proceedings and matter argued will follow at 11:30 a.m.
A Lunch and Learn session with the Court law clerks will take place from 12:10 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in room 102 of the Law School. This session will provide information on the process of becoming a federal court law clerk, as well as the duties of the positon. Credit toward the Certificate in Advocacy and Certificate in Law and Government is available for students attending these events.
“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to have our students and local citizens get to see and hear important issues of veteran benefits argued before this Court,” said Shawn Leisinger, executive director of Washburn Law’s Centers for Excellence.
The U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals was established in 1988, recognizing veterans’ legal rights to appeal the government's decisions on veterans’ benefits. In 1999, the Court’s name was changed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. This Court, currently consisting of six active judges, has exclusive jurisdiction over decisions of the Board of Veterans' Appeals.
Though the Court's principal office is in Washington, D.C., it is authorized to sit anywhere in the United States and does so a limited number of times each year. The Court previously visited Washburn Law in September 2009.
“We are very pleased to welcome the Court back to the Washburn Campus,” said Washburn Law Dean Thomas J. Romig. “Washburn Law has a well-established reputation as one of the top government law programs in the nation, and the Court’s visit continues in that tradition. Our location in the capital city of Topeka gives us unique access to the institutions, agencies, and courts at the county, state, and federal level. This affords our students the opportunity to see the governmental legal process in action.”