WASHINGTON â€” The scene resembled Hollywood’s version of how a multibillion-dollar legal deal might be negotiated. Big-name corporate law firm. Posh conference room, with a conference table so large 70 attorneys fit easily around it. Video technicians, hovering nearby, beam the meeting to other big law firms from Boston to Seattle.
Yet there was no deal to cut. Instead, the high-powered lawyers were getting a tutorial in the arcane vagaries of veterans law.
“This could be the VA’s worst nightmare,” Bart Stichman, one of the organizers, enthused from the podium. “Hundreds of attorneys from around the country providing legal service to veterans for free.”