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.

Events & News

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.

Schedule of Events and News

Save the Date: Upcoming Events

September 25, 2014: CAVC Bar Association Annual Meeting, 3 pm EDT, Federal Circuit Bar Association Meeting Location: 1620 I Street NW, Suite 801, Washington, DC, 2006. 

Remote attendance available through WebEx at https://fedcirbar.webex.com

Following the annual meeting, please join us for an informal reception at BlackFinn Ameripub DC,
located at 1620 I Street NW, adjacent to the meeting location.

November 15-16, 2014: National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition
Location: George Washington Law School and U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
Team Registration closes September 17.  If you are interested in volunteering to assist with the competition, please contact Jon Gaffney at jgaffney@uscourts.cavc.gov

Membership survey available online!  If you are a current member of the Bar Association, please fill out this survey to help enhance the membership experience.

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Transcripts of recent Bar Association programs

"Best Practices and Common Pitfalls at the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims" - May 6, 2014

Audio file of presentation

Rules 0214

Rules 33 Sample Order

US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims - Procedural Requirements for Staff Conference

“The Veterans History Project” – April 8, 2014

A project of the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress, the Veterans History Project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.  The archive is made up of the individual narratives of over 90,000 American veterans.

Ms. Megan Harris, Senior Reference Specialist, provided an overview of the Veterans History Project and detailed some specific collections that engage issues of interest to the Bar Association, including PTSD, benefits, adjustment to civilian life and the impact of service on families. 

Audio file of presentation

Veterans History Project Presentation Slides


“Understanding Practice before the Board of Veterans' Appeals"–  February 5, 2014 

A panel presentation discussing the ins and outs of practice before the Board of Veterans' Appeals.  Panel members provided an overview of the Board, detailed what to expect at a hearing, and covered unique aspects of practice before the Board and current challenges facing practitioners and the Board. 

Audio file of presentation

Board hearing process presentation


“ Perspectives on the DSM 5 for Veterans Law Practitioners" - September 10, 2013

Doctors Brian Marx and F. Barton Evans presented on changes in the newest version of the American Psychological Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and what they mean for the diagnosis and evaluation of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other trauma-related mental conditions. Read more...


"Understanding Medical Causation Evidence: A Conversation with the Experts" - CAVC Bar Association Program following the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Twelfth Judicial Conference - April 12, 2013

A panel of distinguished medical experts, moderated by James Ridgway, President of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association, answered common practice questions surrounding medical evidence and issues of causation.  Some topics addressed were the differences between forensics and patient care, fact versus opinion, research design and its limitations, and the art of application of medical knowledge to a specific case.

Written Transcript of the Medical Causation Panel


More on the Court of Appeals for Veterans' Claims Twelfth Judicial Conference in the Summer 2013 Veterans Law Journal

“ Representing Incarcerated Veterans” – March 20, 2013

Panelists in this program discuss how to navigate the federal prison system when representing incarcerated veterans; VA’s related duty to assist; and whether there is due process in VA’s withholding of an incarcerated service-connected veteran’s benefits - March 20, 2013.



“ A Look Inside the Veterans Service Organizations: Claims, Advocacy, and Beyond” –
February 20, 2013


This program discusses the role of Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) in the VA claims representation process, and the many other services and programs they provide for veterans and their families - Febuary 20, 2013.


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Programs Available Online

The Board of Governors voted to provide association programs via the Internet. This feature will allow members outside the DC area to connect and participate in programs. We are offering all Q&A Forums as well as CLE Program via web cast. In order to participate online, you need a computer, a high-speed Internet connection, a telephone connection and/or computer speakers for audio. As we send out notices for the programs, you will be directed as to the availability and cost for the online web cast. Membership participation will dictate this benefits continued availability.

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Oral Arguments Online


Oral arguments audio clips are now available on the CAVC website, the next business day following the argument. The schedule for CAVC oral arguments can be found on their website. Click here to visit the courts oral arguments page.

Practitioners are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity and valuable resource. Listening to oral arguments is an educational resource that can assist association members in being better prepared for oral argument. Access to oral arguments online provides members the opportunity to hear important issues, to review case law and to analyze the process being discussed from different perspectives. Appellants and other interested parties will be afforded the opportunity to listen to the argument online.
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CAVC Bar Association Members honor Korean War Veterans

On Saturday, June 22, 2013 and Sunday, August 18, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., CAVC Bar Association members met on the National Mall to wash the Korean War Veterans Memorial. In an effort to honor our veterans who fought in the Korean conflict, the U.S. National Park Service relies on volunteer groups to clean the Memorial every week from spring through fall. Nearly 40 Bar Association members and their children cleaned the Memorial and surrounding grounds in June and close to 20 members worked at the rainy event in August. Armed with water hoses, brushes, and trash bags, members scrubbed and washed the soldier sculptures, wall and walkway, while others combed the nearby area picking up trash or debris.

Not withstanding a few who got wet and soapy, those who took part in this worthy event left in good spirits, not least because of the hot coffee and donuts provided. Thank you to all who participated!


CAVC Bar Association Members honor fallen Vietnam Veterans

On Saturday, August 25, 2012 from 6 to 8 a.m., CAVC Bar Association members met on the National Mall to wash the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. In an effort to honor our veterans who fought in the Vietnam conflict, the U.S. National Park Service relies on volunteer groups to clean the monument every week from spring through fall. Although the Bar Association was originally scheduled to wash the Korean War Veterans Memorial, because of a lack of water pressure related to construction on the Mall, the Park Service invited the approximately 25 Bar Association members and their children to clean the Vietnam Memorial and surrounding grounds instead. Armed with water hoses, brushes, and trash bags, members scrubbed and washed the wall while others combed the nearby area picking up trash or debris.

Not withstanding a few who got wet and soapy, those who took part in this worthy event left in good spirits. Thank you to all who participated!

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