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March 9, 2010

Veterans Pro Bono Program at Federal Circuit

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Chief Judge Paul R. Michel’s
Full Speech at: 2009 STATE OF THE COURT SPEECH
As prepared for delivery at the
Federal Circuit Bar Association Annual Bench-Bar Conference
White Sulphur Springs, WV
June 19, 2009

We have a program for appointing counsel in selected MSPB cases. Attorneys are chosen at random from a list of several dozen volunteers. Thus far, seven cases have been selected, six of which have been resolved in the employee’s favor. The seventh remains pending.

We recently instituted a similar screening procedure for pro se veterans appeals.
If you or your firm would accept pro bono appointment in such cases, please provide your business card to Pam Twiford. If you have a preference for either the MSPB or
Veterans cases, please let Pam know. This is a great opportunity for all, but especially for younger litigators who can get valuable experience briefing and arguing appeals.

We thank the individual attorneys and their law firms for their generous assistance in both personnel and veterans cases.
Of course, our new veterans program merely supplements the major efforts on behalf of veterans by the Federal Circuit Bar Association and the Finnegan Henderson
law firm. We appreciate their generous work as well. It is difficult to imagine litigants more deserving of counsel than disabled veterans.

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