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Finance associate David Parr, Litigation counsel Neil Koslowe, and Capital Markets associate Pedro Amaral took on the case of a Vietnam veteran whose claim for benefits for hypertension aggravated by service-connected diabetes mellitus had been denied by the Veterans Board, which decided there was no link between the two conditions.
The team assisted NVLSP in appealing the case to the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. After several conferences, the Oce of the General Counsel of the VA agreed to a joint motion to vacate and remand, and the appeals court granted the motion. The next step will be to argue the case back before the Veterans Board.
Other attorneys who have worked with NVLSP include Finance partner Connie Fratianni and summer associate Michael Grogan.
corporate sector reaches out to veterans For veterans making the transition from military to civilian life, finding steady, fulfilling work in the cor- porate sector can be a challenge. American Corporate Partners (ACP), a new nonprofit that Shearman & Sterling is advising pro bono, aims to ease this transition.
The brainchild of Sidney E. Goodfriend, an invest- ment banker who has worked with Shearman & Sterling, ACP pairs mentors from Fortune 500 companies with returning service members. Mentors oer veterans career and educational advice, serve as role models, and act as sounding boards on readjustment to civilian life.
“One of the reasons I was able to do reasonably well on Wall Street is because I had strong mentors,” Goodfriend says. “We are just doing our part to try to help make sure these veterans, who have sacrificed so much, receive the support they deserve when they return home.”
ACP is working with the US Army and Army Reserves, the US Marine Corps, and the US National Guard to identify individuals who might best benefit from the program. Corporate partners include Campbell’s, General Electric, Home Depot, Morgan Stanley, PepsiCo, and Verizon.
Shearman & Sterling has been working to help launch ACP since 2007, assisting with the nonprofit incorporation process, drafting organizational docu- ments, and filing for tax-exempt status. The firm will continue to provide advice to ACP as it grows. Attorneys from multiple practice groups who have worked on the ACP project include partners Robert Evans III, Mitchell Menaker, James Scott, Sr., and Doreen Lilienfeld, counsel Daniel Glazer, associates Craig Culbert, Amy Lewis, Mark Gelman, Robert Laorno, and Shirley Wang, and legal assistant James Lik.
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Shearman & Sterling litigation attorneys, appointed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act (CJA), recently achieved two significant victories.
setting precedent in the second circuit In United States v. Crawford, a team led by Litigation partner Jeremy Epstein represented Eugene Crawford in a case before the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
The appeals court ruled that Crawford, who was con- victed of gun possession in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, is entitled to a new trial, as the US District Court judge in the original trial allowed additional testimony to be presented to the jury after deliberations began. The decision marks the first time that the Court has addressed the propriety of reopening a trial during jury deliberations. Associate Andrew Agor and former associate Owen Russell worked on the brief.
Agor explained that the case “dealt with an issue that had never been addressed in the Second Circuit, and indeed, by few other courts outside this Circuit, primarily because, as we argued, reopening a case after the jury has begun deliberations is highly irregular. Fortunately, the Court agreed with us, and adopted a fairly strict standard we had advocated that trial courts must follow in the future.”
“What was interesting about this case,” says Agor, “is that it was not only an issue of first impression for this Court, but also for many attorneys, and it was Jeremy’s background as a trial attorney that made all the dierence. From the very beginning, Jeremy was focused on this issue, whereas an attorney with less trial experience may not have fully appreciated its significance.”