2013 edition of the Veterans Law Journal is now available! Highlights
in this issue include a write-up about the Judicial Conference Scholarship
Competition, write-ups of the VSO and Incarcerated Veterans Programs,
a message from Chief Judge Kasold, a peek inside the BVA's Office of
Veterans Law Judges, case write-ups on Rickett, Johnson, Viegas and
Walker, book reviews, and more! Click
here to view.
Law Student Judicial Conference Scholarship.
Association’s Board of Governors would like to congratulate the
winners of the Judicial Conference Scholarship Competition. 28 students
from law schools across the country submitted entries for a chance
to attend the U.S. CAVC Judicial Conference in April 2013. The five
and the schools they represented are:
1 - Mark Kearsing - University of Richmond School of Law
2 - Geoffrey Wistow - George Mason University School of Law
3 - Brandy Disbennett - Roger Williams University School of Law
4 - Leigh Argentieri - University of Pittsburgh School of Law
5 - Michelle Badger Robison - University of Utah - SJ Quinney College
We also would like to acknowledge the following students whose submissions
were noted by the judging committee as warranting an honorable mention.
These students will receive a free student bar association membership:
|H. Jessie Brewer
Congratulations to all who participated. We look forward
to welcoming the five finalists at the Court’s Judicial
Conference on April 18-19!
Message from the
President - Spring 2013
is here. It is a time of growth and renewal and the Bar Association
is fully in the spirit. Already, we have seen our largest membership
numbers in years. On behalf of the Board of Governors, I want to welcome
all our new members and to thank all of our established members for
their continued support.
Whether you are a recent or long-standing member, I hope you have
been able to take advantage of the benefits of membership. We have
had two great educational programs in the last two months: one on understanding
the Veterans Service Organizations and the other on handling the claims
of incarcerated veterans. Once again, we were able to make these available
online through the assistance of the Federal Circuit Bar Association.
Now, I am excited to announce, we have started to make audio recordings
of these programs available online at our website. If you were not
able to participate live, catch up with what you missed at www.cavcbar.net under the “Events and News” tab.
The great programs and events will continue. Of course, our biggest
upcoming event is our program in conjunction with the CAVC's Twelfth
Judicial Conference. Under Secretary for Benefits Allison Hickey will
be our featured speaker and provide us an update on the transformation
of VA’s benefits adjudication process. Prior to her speech, we
will be presenting a fantastic, two-hour panel of doctors, scientists,
and epidemiologists to discuss medical causation evidence. In May,
we will be presenting a screening of John Huston's documentary "Let
There Be Light," which records the experiences of returning WWII
veterans receiving psychiatric treatment from the military. The screening
will be followed by commentary from the noted psychiatrist, Dr. Ron
Smith. In June, we will have our quarterly happy hour at the City Club
and we will be also washing the Korean War Memorial.
Aside from these programs, you may have already noticed our new and
improved email program. We have been working very hard behind the scenes
to improve the administration of the Bar Association so we can focus
more of our energy on bringing our members the great programs and publications
you expect. This includes a new program that we have to manage our
communications and membership lists. We are also working on expanding
our website to add even more features, such as the recordings of our
programs mentioned above.
Of course, there is plenty more to come. This summer we will be offering
a program examining the new edition of the DSM; we will soon start
preparing the problem for this year's National Veterans Law Moot Court
competition; and, we plan to wash the Korean War Memorial a second
time in August.
I hope to see you at these events and I look forward to your ideas
and feedback on how we can serve you even better.
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