During Ed’s four-year tenure TVC has achieved exponential growth in its federal Veterans Pro Bono Program cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and in other opportunities for its TVC National Volunteer Corps℠ to serve veterans and their loved ones. Ed passionately stewarded TVC Staff through this change while strengthening alignment with TVC mission partners. Among his accomplishments, Ed was also responsible for leading the following initiatives and milestones:
- Launch of TVC’s Discharge Upgrade Program℠ in 2016, a national initiative to meet the legal needs of service men and women impacted by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI), which has completed more than 2,000 intakes to date;
- Launch of the annual TVC Legal Muster℠ in 2016 and the weekly Veterans Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the DC VA Medical Center in 2017 as part of a Medical-Legal Partnership, where more than 1,000 veterans and their loved ones have been helped in its first 22 months; and
- Induction into the Catalogue for Philanthropy as “One of the Best” charities, recognition as “Best in America” with the annual Seal of Approval by America’s Most Cost-Effective Charities, and award of the GuideStar Gold Seal of Transparency.
“Ed leaves TVC in a very strong position for future growth and we sincerely thank him for his achievements and initiatives during his tenure as Executive Director. It has truly been my pleasure to work with him and witness, firsthand, his leadership and passion for helping veterans. Ed has had an enormous impact on TVC’s mission accomplishment and on the staff and volunteers that worked with him. While he will no longer be a part of the day-to-day operations, we’re happy that he will continue to support the mission as a Senior Fellow in an advisory role.” Mary Ann Gilleece, Esq., Chairman of the Executive Board
Effective immediately, Jim Carlsen will take the helm as Executive Director. Jim most recently served as the Director of Program Operations for TVC and prior to that he was a Senior Fellow in TVC’s National Volunteer Corps℠. He brings a broad range of experience to the organization and will continue to do so in his new role.
Jim started his career as an infantry officer in the United States Marines Corps in 1975, and later attended law school on the Funded Law Education Program at the University of Notre Dame, graduating in 1981. He served as Chief Defense Counsel for the 2nd Marine Division, Senior Trial Counsel for the main island of Japan, and as the senior Marine Defense Counsel before the U.S. military appellate courts. After active duty, Jim practiced in the Washington office of McGuire Woods LLP concentrating in government claims and civil litigation. He was recruited by one of his clients and served as Assistant General Counsel for Westinghouse Corporation. Following acquisition by Northrop Grumman Corporation, Jim served as Senior Counsel and spent his final ten years with Northrop as an executive in charge of Northrop’s Underseas Systems division and later its International Systems division. He attended the LLM (Tax) program at Georgetown University Law School and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School Executive Training program. He has been admitted to practice in the States of Indiana, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the federal courts of Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland. He is also certified to practice before the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“Jim has been a strong leader and an integral part of the major accomplishments and initiatives implemented by TVC in recent years. The entire Executive Board has every confidence in his vision and ample ability to lead TVC into the next chapter of our critical mission, ensuring our veterans obtain the care, benefits, and compensation they were promised and the best legal services, free of charge, to meet their challenges.” Mary Ann Gilleece, Esq., Chairman of the Executive Board
The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program (TVC) is the leading national 501(c)(3) charity providing free legal services in federal venues for veterans in need. TVC operates a global federal Veterans Pro Bono Program on behalf of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims to represent pro se veterans unjustly denied care, benefits, or compensation earned from military service. Our TVC National Volunteer Corps℠ attorneys also litigate cases that are appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Our TVC Discharge Upgrade Program℠ represents service men and women before military Discharge Review Boards and Boards of Correction for Military Records.
For more information about TVC, how to get involved, how to support the organization and our national outreach initiatives associated with the federal Veterans Pro Bono Program please visit our website, www.vetsprobono.org or contact TVC via email at email@example.com
SOURCE The Veterans Consortium
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