UGA School of Law hosts U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Writer: Cindy H. Rice, 706/542-5172, cindyh@uga.edu
Contact: Paul Kurtz, 706/542-7140, pmkurtz@uga.edu

Athens, Ga. - The University of Georgia School of Law will host judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims on Sept. 21 as they hear a case. The hearing will take place in the law school's Hatton Lovejoy Courtroom, located in Hirsch Hall, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and is open to the public.

"It is a great honor to welcome these judges to the School of Law," Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs Paul M. Kurtz said. "The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims plays a unique and important role in the judicial system by specifically focusing on veterans' rights. It is a rare opportunity and a privilege for people in our community to have a chance to observe the workings of this court and sit in on a case."

The Veterans Claims Court has exclusive jurisdiction to provide veterans an impartial judicial review of final decisions by the Board of Veterans' Appeals, an entity within the Department of Veterans Affairs. It rules on matters involving administrative decisions on service-connected disabilities, survivor benefits, education payments, waivers of indebtedness and other benefits. For more information about the court, please visit www.uscourts.cavc.gov.

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