Veterans Law at the U.S. Supreme Court

In October 2019, as part of a series of events commemorating the CAVC’s 30th anniversary, the CAVC Bar Association hosted its Veterans Law at the U.S. Supreme Court event at the U.S. Supreme Court.  Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer provided opening remarks in the East Conference Room, recollecting his support for the creation of the CAVC and acknowledging  the highly-specialized, fact-driven work the Court performs today.CAVC Bar Association President Jenny J. Tang then led a discussion with three attorneys, who have all had veterans law cases decided by the Supreme Court: J. Michael Hannon, who argued Brown v. Gardner; Brian Wolfman, who argued Scarborough v. Principi; and Kenneth M. Carpenter, who represented the Appellant in Kisor v. Wilkie.  The three panelists discussed their clients’ expectations and feelings about being the subject of a Supreme Court case, their thoughts on why they felt the Court granted certiorari for their cases, differences between practicing at the CAVC versus the Supreme Court, and opined on the impact of their cases on veterans law and on other legal fields.Following the panel, attendees enjoyed luncheon in the West Conference room, followed by a lecture with a Supreme Court docent about the history of the Supreme Court building.Pictured reverse clockwise from bottom left: Judge William S. Greenberg, Senior Judge Robert N. Davis, Chief Judge Margaret Bartley, CAVC Bar Association President Jenny J. Tang, attorney Ken Carpenter, Professor Brian Wolfman, Senior Judge William A. Moorman, Judge Michael P. Allen, Senior Judge Lawrence B. Hagel, Senior Judge Mary J. Schoelen, Judge Amanda L. Meredith, Judge Joseph L. Toth, Judge Joseph L. Falvey, Jr., attorney J. Michael Hannon. 




Panel Information

Immediately following the Annual Meeting, the Bar Association is pleased to present: 

AMA Six Months In: A Panel Discussion

Hear from experts in VA and the private bar about their experiences navigating the new appeals system since it went into effect in February 2019.
  • Chairman Cheryl Mason, Board of Veterans’ Appeals
  • David McLenachen, Veterans Benefits Administration
  • Christine Clemens, Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick
  • Andrea MacDonald, Bergmann & Moore
DATE: Friday, September 27, 2019
TIME: 3 p.m.
PLACE: Sidley Austin
1501 K ST NW
Washington, DC
Reception to follow at 
Ellipse Rooftop Bar at Hyatt Place
**Remote access will be available. Details to follow in a separate email.

The First Two Years: A Panel Discussion with Judge Allen and Judge Toth

Join us in commemorating the two-year anniversary of the appointments of Judges Allen, Toth, and Meredith! Judge Allen and Judge Toth will discuss their experiences in their first two years, as well as their visions for the future of the Court.
When: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 3:00 p.m
Where: Law Offices of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow
901 New York Avenue, Washington, DC
Reception to follow at City Tap House Penn Quarter
**Teleconferencing information to follow**


The CAVC Bar Association will conduct a half-day program on April 12, 2019, immediately following the conclusion of the Court’s Judicial Conference. The program will feature a brief introduction to Judge Joseph L. Falvey, Jr., followed by a discussion by representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs about recent and ongoing developments, as well as what is on the horizon.

1:45 p.m.      Meet Judge Falvey
Moderated by Chris Wysokinski
Clerk to Judge Falvey
Secretary of the CAVC Bar Association

 2:00 p.m.      VA Behind the Scenes:
A Panel Discussion
Cheryl Mason, Chairman
Board of Veterans’ Appeals
Richard J. Hipolit
Deputy General Counsel for Veterans Programs
Office of General Counsel
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Mary Flynn
Chief Counsel
Office of General Counsel
Court of Appeals Litigation Group
David McLenachen
Appeals Management Office
Veterans Benefits Administration

**To accommodate our members who cannot attend the event, it will be recorded and streamed online at a later date. Details to follow.

VA: Behind the Scenes A Panel Discussion & Meet Judge Falvey


Date: February 20th
Time: 3:30pm EST
Location: Conference Room 10E
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP,
901 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
Representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs will discuss recent and ongoing developments, as well as what is on the horizon.  We are pleased to present this program for the third consecutive year.
We are happy to also have this opportunity to introduce Judge Falvey, who will be joining us for this popular program.
Chairman Cheryl Mason, Board of Veterans’Appeals
Richard Hipolit, Office of General Counsel
Marry Flynn, Court of Appeals Litigation Group
David McLenachen, Appeals Management Office

Call-In Information:

Conference ID: 157955712
Participant Passcode: 7975937768
Reception to follow at City Tap House, 901 9th Street NW.


CAVC Fourteenth Judicial Conference-Registration Now Open

Register now for the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Fourteenth Judicial Conference

April 11 & 12, 2019
The National Press Club
Washington, DC
Find more information and register here.
Conference Brochure can be viewed here.
Reception on April 11 and afternoon program on April 12 sponsored by the CAVC Bar Association
More Details to follow