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Why Join NOVA?
• To become a more effective advocate for clients seeking benefits from the VA.
• To find how to access up-to-date legal resources.
• To get valuable continuing legal education.
• To get quality peer support and assistance.
• To get online access to other NOVA members on our website
Law Office Support Membership
New membership is available to any individual who was not previously a member of NOVA, and who practices or intends to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and/or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
New membership does not include voting privileges or eligibility to serve on the Board of Directors.
The dues for New membership are $360/per year, pro-rated on a monthly basis.
To be eligible for Sustaining membership, you must be actively engaged in representing claimants pursuing VA benefits; and must be accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs and/or admitted to practice at the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC).
All members must agree to comply with the following minimum standards of practice:
Representation of a veteran shall include a review of the veteran's claims folder.
Timely filing and responses to all Department and Court designated time frames for filings, pleadings and motions.
Attendance at one continuing legal education course every 18 months, which is specific to veterans' law and to certify to NOVA the confirmation of such attendance.
NOVA provides to sustaining members reduced rates on NOVA’s continuing legal education seminars. These seminars, which run from two to three days each have been recognized as important resources on breaking developments in veterans' law. They are valuable opportunities for veterans’ advocates to get together, compare cases, and hear from important players in the veterans' law community, including judges, medical experts and DVA officials.
Sustaining members are eligible to access the Members Only Area on NOVA’s website. Sustaining members will be provided an ID and password to access this valuable practice assistance area. The secured area on the website includes a Sustaining members only Information Exchange Forum (Bulletin Board) where members can post questions, exchange ideas and obtain input from other NOVA members. Sustaining members will also have access to the New Practitioner’s Forum. These forums provide the advocate the opportunity to ask questions about individual case problems, and to learn of new developments in litigation tactics and arguments. It is an invaluable resource in a field of law where normal community resources are scant. Bulletin Board members also share business practice tips. Sustaining members will also have access to the NOVA Wikipedia.
The annual dues for sustaining members are $400.00. The fee is paid on an annual basis for the calendar year starting in January. Practitioners interested in joining will be charged on a pro-rata basis for the number of quarters left in the calendar year.
Membership in NOVA identifies an attorney or other qualified veterans’ advocate as an active and interested practitioner of veterans' law. NOVA has been recognized by the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims with the prestigious Hart Mankin Award for valuable contributions to the area of veterans' law. NOVA has been asked to participate in regulation rewrites by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. NOVA members regularly submit Amicus briefs to the Court on issues of widespread interest and importance. NOVA has initiated legal challenges on its own of unfair regulations promulgated by the DVA. NOVA members are more often than not counsel of record in important cases at the Court.
In view of the facts that there are relatively few veterans' advocates, and NOVA needs to provide important services to its members, Sustaining Members often provide additional annual contributions to subsidize NOVA operations. These contributions are greatly appreciated and are recognized at the annual meeting by special status:
Gold member status identifies members who, in addition to their annual membership, contribute an additional $5,000 annually to NOVA.
Silver member status identifies members who, in addition to their annual membership, contribute an additional $2,500 annually to NOVA.
Bronze member status identifies members who in addition to their annual membership contribute an additional $1,000 annually to NOVA.
General Membership is limited to students, professors, and pro bono practitioners who are representing claimants for VA benefits without charge to the claimant or receipt of remuneration of any kind, including EAJA fees, by themselves or their employers.
Eligibility for membership does not require that the practitioner be admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
All General members must agree to comply with the following minimum standards of practice:
Attendance at one continuing legal education course or verification of on the job experience by member’s employer every 18 months. The CLE or on the job experience must be specific to veterans' law. The member will either certify to NOVA the CLE attendance or provide to NOVA proof of compliance verification completed by their employer.
General membership does not include voting privileges or eligibility to serve on the Board of Directors.
NOVA provides to General members a reduced “member” rate on NOVA’s continuing legal education seminars.
General members are eligible to access NOVA’s New Practitioner’s Forum on NOVA’s website. Associate members will be provided an ID and password to access this forum.
This category is only available to individuals currently enrolled as a full-time law student. Student membership does not include voting privileges or the right to serve on the Board of Directors. Student members will have access to all forums on the “Members Only” bulletin board except the Information Exchange Forum.
Student members are allowed to register for NOVA’s semi-annual seminars at the student rate.
The annual dues for General/Student members are $100.00. General membership dues are not pro-rated.
This category is available to individuals, i.e., secretaries, legal assistants, and paralegals, who support a current Sustaining member/s.
Membership dues for a Law Office Support member is $100 per year, and is not pro-rated. Law Office Support membership entitles the member to: READ ONLY access to the NOVA bulletin board and NOVA Wiki, and NOVA member registration fees to attend NOVA conferences.
Law Office Support membership does not include the right to be listed on the Attorney/Agents page on NOVA's website, voting privileges, nor the right to serve on the NOVA Board of Directors.
Speakers at the seminars include NOVA members, physicians or other health care providers having knowledge of particular conditions such as Agent Orange exposure, or PTSD. Speakers have also been drawn from VA sources, including General Counsel attorneys, directors of special projects, and Regional Office specialists. Each seminar has traditionally included a Judge of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims as a luncheon speaker.
Seminars are designed to clarify the procedural appellate process and provide current legal forms, as well as practical advice regarding the handling of a veteran's case.
Seminars increase legal knowledge, enhance competence, and develop expertise in representing veterans at the CAVC, the BVA and the Regional Offices of the VA.
CLE Credit is available for most states.
Each seminar includes a review of the most recent cases decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and a discussion of the implications of such decisions upon pending as well as future claims.
Presentations of subject areas are continually evolving in order to provide an effective means of sharing material and concepts.
NOVA's seminar may also include a workshop on basic how-to instruction for both the lawyer and non-lawyer practitioner.
Practitioners are encouraged to bring their staff to all sessions.
The emphasis of the seminar is on practical application of VA law and regulations. Special topic areas are presented, covering such subjects as individual unemployability, total ratings, clear and unmistakable error, secondary conditions, PTSD and attorney fee issues.