Constitution and Bylaws Committee
The Constitution and Bylaws Committee maintains an updated version of the CAVC Bar Association’s Constitution and Bylaws and ensures that a current copy of the Constitution and Bylaws is available to all members. The Committee also advises the Board of Governors on issues involving the Constitution and Bylaws, prepares resolutions for amendments as needed, and files amendments as necessary with the appropriate authorities.
The Membership Committee organizes the members of the CAVC Bar Association. This includes updating and maintaining accurate membership and email lists. Members of the committee coordinate with all of the CAVC Bar Association committees to ensure that members receive messages about upcoming social events, training events, Court events, noteworthy cases, and changes to Court practices and procedures.
The Programs Committee is charged with planning social and educational events for CAVC Bar Association members. The committee determines the theme, content, speakers, and venues of events. Educational topics selected shall represent the general interest of the CAVC Bar membership.
Law School Education Committee
The Law School Education Committee works to increase awareness and understanding of veterans law among law students and to encourage students to join the CAVC Bar Association and the practice of veterans law. The three primary responsibilities are: 1) running the National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition; 2) being involved in introducing or teaching veterans law to law students; and 3) reaching out to the law student community, gathering information of particular interest to them (particularly internship and clerkship opportunities) and making that information available.
I. National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition (NVLMCC)
The CAVC Bar Association co-sponsors the National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition (NVLMCC), with the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the George Washington University Law School.
The two primary responsibilities of the Bar Association are to draft the problem and to provide judges for briefing and oral arguments.
II. The Introduction to Veterans Law Program
The CAVC Bar Association provides informational briefings and resources to law schools that offer (or are interested in offering) a course on veterans law, and those individuals teaching such a course.
The Bar Association has an hour-long power point presentation that can be given at law schools to help introduce law students to veterans law. The program can stand alone, but may also be presented in conjunction with CAVC oral arguments at law schools.
The Bar Association also works to partner with other bar associations to share information and opportunities related to veterans law.
Volunteers interested in learning to give the presentation are welcome. A volunteer may also be needed to contact schools about scheduling presentations and to handle communications and scheduling with schools and presenters.
III. The Student Member Section of the Bar Association
The Law School Education Committee is interested in developing new ways to reach out to law students. The Bar Association actively seeks out information of particular interest to law students, including employment opportunities in veterans law (including summer, clerkship, and permanent positions) and circulates this information to the Bar Association membership.
The Publications Committee prepares and distributes the Bar Association’s regular publications to the membership. The two primary responsibilities are: 1) preparing and distributing the quarterly newsletter and 2) maintaining the Bar Association’s website.
I. The Quarterly Newsletter
The Quarterly Newsletter, currently titled “Veterans Law Journal” (VLJ), is a 12-20 page .pdf document that is normally distributed electronically. In the past, the VLJ, has placed a strong emphasis on describing and analyzing recent arguments and decisions. Going forward, this component will be limited to the most far-reaching cases. As the pace of programming increases, the VLJ will increase event coverage. Additionally, a number of non-time-sensitive sections will be added that would provide specialized information of use to the Bar including 1) an overlooked web resources section; 2) a short book review section; and 3) a peek inside some of the major offices (VA, VSO, and private bar) — something like a short, print-version of “Meet the [fill in the blank].” The VLJ will also include information on upcoming events and cover bigger developments such as P&P Rules revisions, VA’s regulation rewrite project, etc. To this end, the VLJ needs volunteers both to generate content and to produce the finished .pdf. Volunteers would probably be assigned specific pieces of content to generate for each issue or specific duties in producing the finished product. We may also need volunteers to take pictures at events.
II. The Bar Association’s Website
The Bar Association has an established website. The Website Subcommittee is responsible for keeping the content current and exploring potential expansion of the content and functionality of the website. The Subcommittee has a chair and a technical specialist. At the moment, no major initiatives are planned to alter the website, but volunteers with specific ideas are welcome to voice interest in this committee.
The Portrait Committee has responsibility to ensure that each retiring Judge is honored with a commissioned portrait to commemorate his or her commitment to justice for veterans. Committee members coordinate with the Court, the retiring Judge, the Judge’s former law clerks, portrait artists, and members of the CAVC Bar Association to raise funds, select an artist, procure the portrait, and plan the presentation ceremony to the Court. No artistic talent necessary!