Attorneys Shana Dunn, Jason Johns, and Travis West attended the fall conference hosted by the National Organization of Veterans Advocates in Portland, Oregon from September 12-14, 2019.
John Bruce and Jason Johns join West & Dunn, adding firepower to the firm's litigation and VA disability benefits teams.
West & Dunn encourages attorneys to volunteer for the American Bar Association’s Veterans Claims Assistance Network. Through VCAN, attorneys will receive free training that will permit them to assist veterans with filing initial claims for service connected disability benefits from the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
Only July 1, 2019, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ordered the Veterans Benefits Administration and Board of Veterans Appeals to stay proceedings with respect to all claims for disability compensation that are based on service in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975.
In a unanimous decision, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that a motorists 4th Amendment rights were not violated when law enforcement officers asked whether he possessed a concealed carry permit and whether there were firearms in the vehicle.
Today we honor the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
"Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices."
- President Harry S. Truman
We live in a digital age. As technology advances, the law has struggled to keep up, which has created tension between law enforcement’s needs to investigate crimes and individuals’ constitutionally protected rights to privacy. One area where such tension continuously arises is with respect to law enforcement efforts to access information contained on cell phones.
Free speech is a right guaranteed to all citizens based on the 1st Amendment to the Constitution. Over the years, tension has developed between individuals seeking to exercise their free speech rights and governments attempting to enforce laws and maintain peace. Oftentimes, people exercising their free speech rights find themselves arrested and subject to criminal charges. In such cases, the First Amendment may provide a defense to such charges. The United States Supreme Court is currently wrestling with these issues in Bartlett v. Nieves.