Expert Panel Presents on Veterans’ Employment Rights


Last week, attorneys gathered at 16 Beacon to learn about veterans’ rights in employment and education.  The panelists, Jennifer Serafyn (U.S Attorney’s Office), Donald d’Entremont (US Department of Labor), Kate Upatham (Sanghavi Law Office), and James Downey (US Department of Labor), outlined the rights afforded to veterans and active duty military under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Here’s what panelist Kate Upatham had to say about the importance of this program:

“There are over 21 million veterans in the United States today, making us likely to encounter veterans in our work as lawyers.  Members of our military give so much of themselves to our country, risking their very lives; it is the least we as lawyers can do to ensure that we are well versed in, and that we protect the rights of, our veterans.”

Last week’s program is part of the BBA’s continuing initiatives to increase access to justice for our military & veteran’s communities.  Mark your calendars! On June 2, we are holding a training on Representing Veterans in Discharge Upgrade Cases.  This training will guide attorneys through the process of helping less-than-honorable discharged veterans petition to upgrade their status.  There is an enormous gap in legal services available to veterans facing upgrade cases, so we encourage you to sign up now.

If you are able to help veterans or active duty military members with employment cases, or in other areas of law, please contact Solana Goss at