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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.

Tags: VA , backlog , American Bar Association

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: American Bar Association , Judiciary , Federal Courts , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell , sequestration , furloughs , government shutdown

Tuesday - 10/15/2013, 01:28pm EDT
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Federal Drive Show Blog - October 15, 2013

On the Federal Drive show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

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Tuesday - 10/15/2013, 08:45am EDT