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.

About Us

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.

Recent Events Career Opportunities Related Associations

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.

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. Our goal is to provide information and services to the community for those individuals interested in facilitating justice for veterans.

Our members enjoy a wide variety of educational and networking opportunities. This site is your gateway to traditional Continuing Legal Education, live video streaming of CAVC Bar Association events, a library of our Veterans’ Law Journal, and other materials useful to practitioners. If you are interested in becoming a member of the CAVC Bar Association click here for information and a membership form.

If you are currently seeking benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs or have an appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, please click on the links provided. The information provided at this website is of a general nature provided for educational purposes, and is not meant to be specific to any veteran or other claimant in matters related to claims for benefits.

BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Aniela Szymanski, President
Bergmann & Moore
Bethesda, MD

Zachary Stolz, President-Elect
Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick
Providence, R.I.

Virginia Girard-Brady, Secretary
Attorney at Law
Lawrence, KS
(Upon completion of officer duty)

Mark Vichich, Treasurer
Department of Veterans Affairs – PSG VII
Washington, D.C.


Bradley Hennings, Past-President
U.S Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
Washington, DC
(2015)

Lauren Kologe
Military Officers Association of America
Alexandria, VA (2015)

David Boelzner
Attorney at Law
Richmond, VA
(2015)

Megan Kral
Board of Veterans’ Appeals
Washington, D.C.

Matthew Tenner
Board of Veterans’ Appeals
Washington, D.C.

Patrick Berkshire
National Veterans Legal Services Program
Washington, D.C.

Courtney McRae
Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program
Washington, D.C. (2015)

Ronen Morris
Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of General Counsel, PSG VII
Washington, D.C.

Anthony C. Scire, Jr.
U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
Washington, D.C.


Christopher Wallace
Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of General Counsel, PSG VII
Washington, D.C.

Back to top

Standing Committees

CAVC BAR ASSOCIATION COMMITTEE DESCRIPTIONS AND DUTIES

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.

To join contact either:  

David Boelzner    dboelzner@goodmanallen.com
Thomas Sullivan thomas.sullivan@va.gov
   


Membership Committee

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.

To join contact:

Bradley Hennings bhennings@uscourts.cavc.gov
   


Programs Committee

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.

This year the committee is planning an ambitious agenda with the intent to provide either a social or educational program each month as we attempt to increase interaction/communication among our members and elevate the practice of Veterans law before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

This year's Programs Committee members include Gayle Strommen and Tara Reynolds. Any member of the CAVC Bar Association who is interested in becoming a member of this committee should contact one of the Chairs.

To join contact either:

Tara Reynolds tara.reynolds@va.gov
Mark Vichich    mark.vichich@va.gov


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.

2014 marks the fifth annual competition!  This year registration closes on September 17, the problem is released on September 19, the briefs are due October 22, and the argument rounds will be held on the weekend of November 15-16. Final Rounds are held at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims on November 16.

The two primary responsibilities of the Bar Association are to draft the problem and to provide judges for briefing and oral arguments. If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact the Law School Outreach Chair, James Ridgway, at james.ridgway@va.gov.

        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.

To join the Law School Education Committee, contact any of the following:

Lauren Kologe lauren.kologe@gmail.com
James Ridgway james.ridgway@va.gov
Courtney McRae courtneym@vetsprobono.org
Patrick Berkshire patrick@nvlsp.org
Victoria Moshiashwili           vmoshiashwili@uscourts.cavc.gov
Zachary Stolz zstolz@cck-law.com
Matthew Tenner matthew.tenner@va.gov
Mark Vichich mark.vichich@va.gov
   


Publications Committee

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.

To join contact:

David Boelzner dboelzner@goodmanallen.com
James Ridgway

james.ridgway@va.gov

Victoria Moshiashwili      vmoshiashwili@uscourts.cavc.gov
Mark Vichich

mark.vichich@va.gov




If you have suggestions for content on this website or for any other matters related to the website, please contact our Website Subcommittee chairs:

Lauren Kologe lauren.kologe@gmail.com
Terrence Griffin Terrence.griffin@va.gov


Portrait 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!

To join contact:

Aniela Szymanski, akszymanski@yahoo.com

Back to top

Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association
PO Box 7992
Washington, DC 20044-7992

cavcbarassoc@cavcbar.net

[Home] [About Us] [Membership] [Events & News] [Journals]
[Judges Portraits] [FAQ & Links] [Recent Events ] [Career Opportunities]
[Related Associations]

Copyright© 2007, Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association. All rights reserved.