Understanding the Rights of Those Who Serve
Sunday January 29, 20120
*This legal seminar is eligible for continuing legal education credit with proper documentation in accordance with the standards of attendee’s State of bar admittance.
ROA's Service Members Law Center (SMLC) will conduct a four-hour legal seminar in conjunction with the National Security Symposium (NSS), at the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, DC. The seminar will be conducted between 0800 and 1200 on Sunday, 29 January and will be repeated between 0800 and 1200 on Wednesday, 1 February.
This is a four-hour seminar that we will repeat, for the convenience of our members and others who wish to attend. You can attend on Sunday, as the NSS is starting, or on Wednesday, as the NSS is finishing.
The seminar will address the three federal statutes that are of greatest interest to service members, especially National Guard and Reserve members called to the colors from civilian life. The three statutes are the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) (enacted in 2003 to replace the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act, which dates from 1917), the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) (enacted in 1994 to replace the Veterans' Reemployment Rights Act, which dates from 1940), and the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) (enacted in 1986 to replace the Federal Voting Assistance Act of 1955 and the Overseas Citizens Voting Rights Act of 1975).
Colonel John Odom, Jr., USAF (Ret.) will open the session with a one-hour presentation about the SCRA. He is an attorney in Shreveport, Louisiana and is the nation's premier expert on the SCRA and its predecessor, the SSCRA. He will present live on Sunday and by tape at the Wednesday session. If you want to ask him questions, make it a point to come on Sunday.
Captain Samuel F. Wright, JAGC, USN (Ret.) will then discuss USERRA for two hours, in a detailed section-by-section analysis of the text, the legislative history, and the case law. Captain Wright is the Director of the SMLC. As an attorney at the United States Department of Labor for a decade, he had a hand in the drafting of USERRA.
Attorney Thomas Jarrard will then do a 30-minute presentation with practical pointers on proving your USERRA case. Thomas is an attorney in Spokane, Washington with a successful national practice focusing on USERRA. He is also a Marine Corps Reservist and ROA life member. He and Captain Wright wrote ROA's amicus curiae brief in the Supreme Court in the case of Staub v. Proctor Hospital.
Captain Wright will wrap up the seminar with a 30-minute presentation on UOCAVA. He has been promoting military voting rights since 1976.
All instructors are attorneys and are well qualified to address their assigned topics. If you want Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit for attending this seminar, let us know in advance and we will submit the course for CLE accreditation in your state.
This seminar is designed for attorneys, but others will also be interested and are most welcome. Guard and Reserve members who have faced or are likely to face these issues and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) volunteers who assist those service members will be especially interested in attending.
The seminar is free to registered attendees. Full registrants may attend either presentation of the seminar (Sunday or Wednesday). One-day registrants for Sunday or Wednesday may attend that day's presentation for free.
Please register as soon as possible on the ROA website, www.roa.org. If you have questions, please call Captain Wright at 800-809-9448, ext. 730.