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Jim Silkenat, National President, American Bar Association

There are a lot of reasons the Department of Veterans Affairs has a huge backlog of disability claims. One is the vast number of new claims VA receives: about a million per year. A second is the sheer complexity of the process and the statutes and case law behind it. VA seems to be acknowledging the complexity of the system in a new partnership it's just formed with the American Bar Association. The new Veterans Claims Assistance Network will offer pro-bono legal services to veterans so that they can put together fully-developed claims. Jim Silkenat is the national president of the American Bar Association. He explained how the program will work on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

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Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 05:10pm EDT
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Federal courts about to run out of cash, ABA president says

Federal courts are using money from filing fees and long-term appropriations to stay open during the shutdown, but that money is about to run out. Jim Silkenat, American Bar Association president, says Congress needs to pass a budget that addresses the costs of the shutdown and sequestration.

Tags: Jim Silkenat , Judiciary , Federal Courts , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell , sequestration , furloughs , government shutdown

Tuesday - 10/15/2013, 01:28pm EDT
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Education essential to procurement reform

Capability just as important as capacity

Tags: contract , NIGP , Rick Grimm , reform , procurement , acquisition

Wednesday - 03/11/2009, 08:09pm EDT
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