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The New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Middlesex County Bar Foundation and NJSBA Military Law and Veterans’ Affairs Section will present the 2017 Military Law Symposium at Cook College Student Center, Rutgers University on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

This annual seminar is designed for current members of the armed forces, veterans and anyone interested in representing them. Panelists will discuss compensation benefits available from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for service-connected disabilities, needs-based pension benefits, and criminal, family and ethical legal issues facing veterans.

Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq. (,  a presenter at the 2017 Military Law Symposium, will provide an overview of VA pension benefits available for aged veterans with non-service connected disabilities, including financial eligibility criteria for needs-based Housebound and Aid and Attendance benefits.

Lt. Gen Christopher F. Burne, Judge Advocate General, United States Air Force will deliver the keynote address. NJSBA President Robert B. Hille will open the event followed by remarks from former American Bar Association President Linda Klein.

For additional information regarding this event, contact the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) at 732-214-8500 or visit their website at

Location: Cook Student Center, 59 Biel Rd New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Date: October 14, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM ET

TuitionThis a free seminar. Pre-registration is required.


About The ProgramDon’t miss this annual seminar designed for current members of our armed forces, veterans, and anyone interested in representing them. 
Lt. Gen. Christopher F. Burne
Judge Advocate General, United States Airforce
Linda A. Klein, Esq.
President, American Bar Association
Introduction by:
Robert B. Hille, Esq. 
NJSBA President
McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP, Morristown
Speakers include:
Sarajane (Sally) Stenton, Lt Col, USAF (Ret) 
Law Offices of Robert Ebberup, Toms River
Art Cody, Captain USN (Ret)
Legal director, Veterans’ Defense Program New York State Defenders’ Association
Nancy Y. Morgan, Esq.
Chair, NJSBA Military Law and Veterans Affairs Section
Finkelstein and Partners, Newark
Patricia E. Apy, Esq.
Paras Apy and Reiss, Red Bank
Assistant Deputy Public Defender Richard Friedman, Esq.
Division of Mental Health Advocacy Office of the Public Defender
Assistant Deputy Public Defender Joshua Sanders, Esq.
Office of the Public Defender
Donald D. Vanarelli, Esq.                                                                                                          Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Award, NJ State Bar, Elder and Disability Law Section
Certified Elder Law Attorney by the ABA-accredited National Elder Law Foundation                  Accredited Veterans Attorney
Past Chair, NJSBA Elder and Disability Law Section
Vanarelli & Li, LLC (Westfield)


Program Agenda:

8:00 Breakfast and Registration
8:45 Posting of the Colors
9:00 Welcome by NJSBA President Robert B. Hille
9:05 Remarks by American Bar Association President Linda Klein
9:25 Presentation of Military Law and Veterans Affairs Service Awards to Senator Jeff Van Drew and Assemblyman Robert Andrzejczak
9:40 Veterans Disability Practice Panel Discussion – Nancy Y. Morgan, Esq.; Lt. Col. Sarajane (Sally) Stenton; Donald Vanarelli, Esq.
• Basic overview of Veterans Disability
• Advanced Details about Veterans Disability Practice
• Pension Issues
• Discharge Upgrades

(Note: This panel qualifies for VA Benefits Accreditation)

Note: Attendance at the event will qualify for Veterans’ Administration accreditation in compliance with 38 C.F.R. 14.629 (b). This symposium satisfies VA CLE requirements for the initial year accreditation and for the ongoing biannual recertification. It is appropriate for new and experienced practitioners.

CLE Credits:
NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 5.2 hours of total CLE credit. Of these, 1.2 qualify as hours of credit for ethics/professionalism.
NJ CLE: This program has been approved for 5.2 credits (50 minute hour), including 1.2 ethics/professionalism credits
PA CLE: 3.0 substantive and 1.0 ethics credits pending ($16 fee – separate check payable to NJICLE must be submitted at the end of the program)
NY CLE (nt): 4.0 professional practice and 1.0 credits
About Donald D. Vanarelli 

Recipient of the Marilyn Askin Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Elder and Disability Law Section, Donald D. Vanarelli is a Certified Elder Law Attorney, and a member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Mr. Vanarelli is also an Accredited Veterans Attorney and an Accredited Professional Mediator. He has successfully litigated cases in New Jersey’s Supreme Court and in federal court. Mr. Vanarelli was co-counsel in Galletta v. Velez, in which a federal court, for the first time, held that VA pension benefits are not countable in determining Medicaid eligibility. Mr. Vanarelli represents seniors, the disabled and their families in estate planning, financing long-term medical care, nursing home issues, qualifying for Medicaid, VA pensions and other public benefits, special needs planning, and litigation, including probate, elder abuse and guardianship lawsuits.

About Vanarelli & Li, LLC 

Located in Westfield, New Jersey, the firm provides a broad range of legal services for seniors, the disabled and their families. The law firm guides clients through complex legal areas including public benefits planning, trial advocacy and court procedures, the administrative process, as well as estate and gift tax laws.

Contact: Ginny Morrissey, Vanarelli & Li, LLC, Tel: 908-232-7400, Email: [email protected]
For additional information concerning benefits available from the Department of Veterans Affairs,  visit:

UPDATED ON October 23, 2017: From the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Bar Report distributed on October 23, 2017:

Annual Military Law Symposium draws over 200 to help veterans
Over 200 service members, judges and attorneys took part in a daylong Military Law Symposium to educate and examine issues that attorneys need to understand in order to help those who have been deployed reintegrate with their communities. The symposium is an annual event and this year’s featured speeches from former American Bar Association President Linda Klein and Lt. General Christopher F. Burne, the Judge Advocate General of the Air Force. In addition, two New Jersey legislators were honored for their efforts to help veterans.