Monday, June 8, 2009

We have just finished the on-line portion of our class for 2009 and our vets are excited about coming to Tallahassee for the in-residence part of the program (9-17 June). This year we will be hosting 20 disabled veterans and have nearly 30 guest speakers scheduled. Our 2009 class represents each of the four services and our vets will be coming in from 12 different states (6 from FL, 2 each from LA, AL, & NY, and 1 each from SC, AR, TN, NC, VA, GA, TX, & CA). We also have some exciting news to share. DLA Piper, one of the largest Law Firms in the world, has decided to partner with EBV at the national level. DLA Piper has more than 3,700 lawyers located in 28 countries and 66 offices throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US. Their expertise is in helping companies with their legal needs anywhere in the world. Their role in EBV is to make our program one of their pro bono options from which their lawyer may choose. In 2007 alone, DLA Piper dedicated more than 150,000 hours of pro bono and corporate social responsibility (CSR) work to benefit worthy people and causes around the world. We are proud to have them join the EBV team. What this will mean to our program is that a DLA lawyer will present at our EBV residency and DLA Piper will also be a resource for EBV graduates following their completion of the program. This is great news and will be a wonderful asset to our vets.