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 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.

Veterans Law Basics Program- Livecast on March 20

Chief Judge Davis, along with CAVC Bar Association President Amy Odom and Kenneth A. Walsh, Deputy Chief Counsel of VA’s Court of Appeals of Veterans Claims Litigation Group, will discuss basic veterans law topics. Subjects include the organization of VA, different types of VA disability benefits, and how to read a claims file. The presentation is part of the Veterans Law CLE hosted by the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana.
MARCH 20, 2019
8:30 A.M. MST (10:30 A.M. EST)
Instructions for accessing the webcast will be emailed prior to the event