Court - The Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association was created to improve and facilitate the administration of justice in the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Veterans - The Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association was created to improve and facilitate the administration of justice in the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Veterans - The Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association was created to improve and facilitate the administration of justice in the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Veterans - The Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association was created to improve and facilitate the administration of justice in the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

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Veterans - The Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association was created to improve and facilitate the administration of justice in the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Veterans - The Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association was created to improve and facilitate the administration of justice in the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.


Save the Date: Upcoming Events

September 25, 2014: CAVC Bar Association Annual Meeting, 3 pm EDT, Federal Circuit Bar Association Meeting Location: 1620 I Street NW, Suite 801, Washington, DC, 2006. 

Remote attendance available through WebEx at https://fedcirbar.webex.com

Following the annual meeting, please join us for an informal reception at BlackFinn Ameripub DC,
located at 1620 I Street NW, adjacent to the meeting location.

November 15-16, 2014: National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition
Location: George Washington Law School and U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
Team Registration closes September 17.  If you are interested in volunteering to assist with the competition, please contact Jon Gaffney at jgaffney@uscourts.cavc.gov

Membership survey available online!  If you are a current member of the Bar Association, please fill out this survey to help enhance the membership experience.

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Transcripts of recent Bar Association programs

CAVC Bar Association Veterans Law Conference and CLE - June 6, 2014
Text transcript of the proceedings
Table of contents for the transcript

"Best Practices and Common Pitfalls at the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims" - May 6, 2014


Audio file of presentation

Rules 0214

Rules 33 Sample Order

US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims - Procedural Requirements for Staff Conference


“The Veterans History Project” – April 8, 2014

A project of the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress, the Veterans History Project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.  The archive is made up of the individual narratives of over 90,000 American veterans.

Ms. Megan Harris, Senior Reference Specialist, provided an overview of the Veterans History Project and detailed some specific collections that engage issues of interest to the Bar Association, including PTSD, benefits, adjustment to civilian life and the impact of service on families. 

Audio file of presentation

Veterans History Project Presentation Slides


“Understanding Practice before the Board of Veterans' Appeals"–  February 5, 2014 

A panel presentation discussing the ins and outs of practice before the Board of Veterans' Appeals.  Panel members provided an overview of the Board, detailed what to expect at a hearing, and covered unique aspects of practice before the Board and current challenges facing practitioners and the Board. 

Audio file of presentation

Board hearing process presentation


“ Perspectives on the DSM 5 for Veterans Law Practitioners" - September 10, 2013

Doctors Brian Marx and F. Barton Evans presented on changes in the newest version of the American Psychological Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and what they mean for the diagnosis and evaluation of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other trauma-related mental conditions. Read more...


"Understanding Medical Causation Evidence: A Conversation with the Experts" - CAVC Bar Association Program following the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Twelfth Judicial Conference - April 12, 2013

A panel of distinguished medical experts, moderated by James Ridgway, President of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association, answered common practice questions surrounding medical evidence and issues of causation.  Some topics addressed were the differences between forensics and patient care, fact versus opinion, research design and its limitations, and the art of application of medical knowledge to a specific case.

Written Transcript of the Medical Causation Panel


More on the Court of Appeals for Veterans' Claims Twelfth Judicial Conference in the Summer 2013 Veterans Law Journal

“ Representing Incarcerated Veterans” – March 20, 2013

Panelists in this program discuss how to navigate the federal prison system when representing incarcerated veterans; VA’s related duty to assist; and whether there is due process in VA’s withholding of an incarcerated service-connected veteran’s benefits - March 20, 2013.



“ A Look Inside the Veterans Service Organizations: Claims, Advocacy, and Beyond” –
February 20, 2013


This program discusses the role of Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) in the VA claims representation process, and the many other services and programs they provide for veterans and their families - Febuary 20, 2013.



16 Teams Participate in the Fifth Annual National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition

On November 16 and 17, 2013, law students from around the country converged in Washington, D.C., to take part in the fifth annual National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition (NVLMCC). Co-sponsored by the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC), the CAVC Bar Association, and The George Washington University Law School (GW Law), this year's NVLMCC drew 16 teams from 10 law schools. The two-person teams addressed two issues in the fictional Supreme Court case Yossarian v. Shinseki.

The Stetson University College of Law team of Jeremy Bailie and Kevin Crews won Best Team, beating the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) School of Law team of Cory Foglesong and Brett Vasicek in the final round. Stetson and UDM bested teams from Georgetown University LawCenter and Chicago-Kent School of Law in the semifinal rounds.

Stetson also won Best Petitioner's Brief; Best Respondent's Brief went to Germese Gee and Nathan Chan of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Dustin Karrison of the Chicago-Kent College of Law was named Best Oral Advocate.

The competitors' briefs and the Saturday preliminary and quarterfinal rounds at GW Law were judged by nearly 40 volunteer members of the CAVC Bar Association, including CAVC attorneys, VA attorneys, and experienced veterans law private practitioners. GW Law also hosted a reception for the competitors, coaches, and judges Saturday afternoon.

The Sunday semifinal rounds at the CAVC were judged by Gregory O. Block, Clerk of the Court for the CAVC, Laura Eskenazi, Executive in Charge and Vice Chairman of the Board of Veterans' Appeals, and Aniela Szymanski, President Elect of the CAVC Bar Association and an attorney at Bergmann & Moore, LLC. The final round was judged by CAVC Judges Mary Schoelen, Margaret Bartley, and William Greene.

The 10 participating schools this year were The John Marshall Law School, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Stetson University College of Law, South Texas College of Law, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, The George Washington University Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, the University of Missouri School of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law, and Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law.

An in-depth feature article on the National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition will appear in the Winter 2013-14 edition of the Veterans Law Journal.

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Message from the President - Fall 2013

Membership year 2013-2014 is upon us! I am thrilled to be serving as president of the Bar Association over the next year, and continuing the legacy that my hard-working predecessors have left. My goal for the next year is to maintain the momentum of the last few years. We aim to have regular educational, social, and service programs; deepen our outreach to law schools regarding the field of veterans law; and continue production of the Veterans Law Journal. Moreover, the Bar Association will continue to sponsor, participate in, or advertise programs for veterans law practitioners, to include our partnership with the Federal Circuit Bar Association to make more programs accessible through the internet.

In the coming year, the Bar Association will be involved with a number of events. Given that there will not be a Judicial Conference in 2014, we are planning to hold an all-day CLE event focused on the practice of veterans law in late spring or early summer 2014. We welcome input on which aspects of veterans law practice would be most beneficial at this seminar, so if you have suggestions, please let us know.

We also have numerous upcoming programs before then. November 16-17 brings the National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition, which is a collaborative effort of the CAVC Bar Association, the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the George Washington University Law School. Hosted every fall in Washington, DC, the competition brings together teams of students from around the country to argue cutting-edge veterans law issues before panels of distinguished practitioners and judges. Please consider volunteering for this fantastic event. Later in the fall or early winter, the Bar Association will also be hosting a screening of the documentary The Invisible War, followed by commentary from VA treating clinicians.

In addition to the above programs, the Bar Association is continuing its sponsorship of happy hours in Washington; the next one will held on December 5, 2013, at the City Club of Washington. Our recent happy hours have featured a wide spectrum of practitioners from the Court, the private bar, the veterans service organizations, the BVA, and VA’s Office of General Counsel. We expect continued great turnout, and we will provide a wonderful spread of hors d’oeuvres for all who attend. The Bar Association will also be working with the National Parks Service again to volunteer to wash both the Vietnam Memorial Wall and the Korean War Memorial in the summer of 2014.

I must also mention our outreach activities. We continue to publish the quarterly Veterans Law Journal, which is available on our website. Importantly, we also continue to expand our student outreach program by presenting our Introduction to Veterans Law presentation, not only to local law schools, but also around the country, including events at Yale, the University of Missouri, Iowa, Penn State and, soon, the University of San Diego

Ultimately, the work we do for our members is all accomplished by volunteers, without the assistance of any full-time staff, such as those found at most larger associations. While our Board of Governors is fantastic, the best way to provide more service is to have more contributors. Therefore, we are always looking for more assistance from non-Board members. If you have something to contribute, new ideas for programs, or a willingness to take on a discrete task, we want to hear from you!

So if you have not yet joined or renewed for this year—or if you know someone who needs to—now is the time. For the membership form and rates, visit http://cavcbar.net/html/membership.html.

Bradley W. Hennings
President, CAVC Bar Association
bhennings@uscourts.cavc.gov

 

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