2020 Spring Conference

23 Apr 2020 @ 8:00am EDT
25 Apr 2020 @ 4:00pm EDT

Event Details

The NOVA 2020 Spring Conference will be held at the Loews Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia! The NOVA Conference is intended for both new and experienced veterans law practitioners. The seminar will increase your knowledge, confidence, and expertise in representing veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In addition, your time may be credited to your jurisdiction’s CLE requirements. We hope to see you in Atlanta!

Please respect the rights of all attendees. A high standard of public decorum is expected at all times. Your support of this policy is greatly appreciated.

Click HERE for our Spring Conference Brochure!

Atlanta, Georgia - April 23-25, 2020

Hotel: Loews Atlanta Hotel

1065 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

 

The NOVA Room Block Rate is $219 plus tax, per night, single or double occupancy. Room reservations must be made by Tuesday March 31, 2020, for this rate to be honored. You can make your hotel reservation by calling the Loews Reservations Center at 888-563-9736 or online HERE. NOVA has also secured an additional room block at the W Atlanta - Midtown, located at 188 14th St NE Atlanta Georgia – about 0.3 mile from the Loews. The room rate is $219 plus tax, per night, single occupancy.  Please make sure to identify yourself as with part of NOVA in order to obtain our special discounted rate.  As of February 13, both room blocks are sold out.

However, please double-check with the hotels to see if there were any cancellations. You can do that by calling the Loews Reservations Center at 888-563-9736 or online HERE or call the W Hotel at 1-877-946-8357 or register online. Please make sure to identify yourself as with part of NOVA in order to obtain our special discounted rate.

If you are not able to make a reservation at the Loews Midtown or the W Hotel Midtown, please consider these alternatives.

Hotel: Loews Atlanta Hotel
1065 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

 

The NOVA Room Block Rate is $219 plus tax, per night, single or double occupancy. Room reservations must be made by Tuesday March 31, 2020, for this rate to be honored. You can make your hotel reservation by calling the Loews Reservations Center at 888-563-9736 or online HERE. NOVA has also secured an additional room block at the W Atlanta - Midtown, located at 188 14th St NE Atlanta Georgia – about 0.3 mile from the Loews. The room rate is $219 plus tax, per night, single occupancy.  Please make sure to identify yourself as with part of NOVA in order to obtain our special discounted rate.  As of February 13, both room blocks are sold out.

However, please double-check with the hotels to see if there were any cancellations. You can do that by calling the Loews Reservations Center at 888-563-9736 or online HERE or call the W Hotel at 1-877-946-8357 or register online. Please make sure to identify yourself as with part of NOVA in order to obtain our special discounted rate.

If you are not able to make a reservation at the Loews Midtown or the W Hotel Midtown, please consider these alternatives.


To the extent possible, please do not reserve more rooms than you plan to use.  Last minute cancellations, while sometimes unavoidable, can result in inconvenience to other members who are trying to secure a room and financial liability to NOVA.  We are committed to providing the best conference experience and working to constantly improve our service.  If you have questions about NOVA’s policies, please feel free to email our Executive Director at
drauber@vetadvocates.org If you have questions about the room block or hotels, please contact Meghan McNamer at mmcnamer@vetadvocates.org.
 

 

To register, simply choose which session(s) you'd like to attend below, and click "Purchase Tickets" - you will then be asked to provide some basic attendee information.

The first day is our Fundamental Session which covers important foundational concepts critical to a successful practice. The second and third days, also known as our General Session, will cover Intermediate and Advanced Topics respectively, building on the themes of the first day.
 

Registration Cancellation Policy:
Before April 3, 2020...........75% of fee paid will be returned
On or After April 3, 2020......No Refund (Seminar Materials will be provided)


Other Registration Information:

  • Please note that the student registration rate is reserved for active full-time law students. If you possess a Law School/Student NOVA Membership as a Law Professor, please register under the NOVA Member Rate.
  • When completing your registration, please do so as you would like your name badge at the conference to read. We will also use the information provided on your registration to compile our list of seminar attendees that is distributed with conference materials. We do not use your NOVA member profile information.
  • Please provide a unique email address for each attendee that is their own email, not that of their organization or staff. The email provided on the registration form will be used for all conference communication, including materials and CLE, and we want to ensure proper receipt.
  • Please remember to carefully choose which days you would like to attend and register accordingly. You have the option to attend just the fundamentals session - Thursday only. Just the general session - Friday and Saturday only. Or you can choose to attend all three days - Thursday through Saturday.  
  • Please make sure to contact NOVA staff if you have any disability requiring special accommodation or assistance. We want our attendees to be as comfortable as possible.

 

Multi Registration Discount:

Organizations that register two or more individuals at the same time can apply the multi-registration discount. The discount is 10% off your final amount, or each registration. *Please note this discount does not apply to single registrations and can only be used if registering from the same firm at the same time.*

Discount Code: ATL20

 

NOVA does not provide hard copies of the conference materials on site. About 1-2 weeks before the conference, you will receive an email (to the email with which you registered) with a link to download the seminar materials. Some attendees, knowing that NOVA does not provide hard copies on-site, choose to print these out for easy reference. You may also copy the materials to your laptop or tablet, should you plan to bring one to the conference. We recommend you save or print your materials prior to arriving at the conference.

Make sure to open all PDF's with an adobe reader, in order to access any attachments such as speaker bios and exhibits.

William G. Smith Scholarships


Scholarships have been created in memory of NOVA Founding Member William G. Smith, Esq., who provided leadership and support to countless practitioners in veterans law. Scholarships cover the cost of registration only and are available to individuals who are not financially able to attend, and who would not otherwise be able to attend the seminar due to financial hardship.

These scholarships are designated for attorneys, non-attorney practitioners, law students, and accredited veterans' service representatives. The deadline to submit a scholarship is Friday, February 21, 2020.

To apply for a scholarship, click HERE.
 

*Please read our conference brochure for detailed schedule information.
 Please be advised this schedule is subject to change.

 

Thursday -  April 23, 2020

7:30 AM    Continental Breakfast & Registration
7:55 AM Welcoming Remarks
8:00 AM Overview Of VA Benefits
Julie Glover, Esq. & Adam Luck, Esq.
9:00 AM Service Connection And Rating Issues
Adam Luck, Esq. & Julie Glover, Esq.
10:00 AM          BREAK
10:15 AM Understanding The Basics Of Charging Fees
Jonathan Greene, Esq.
11:15 AM Conducting Effective Intake: How Deciding What Cases To Accept Shapes Your Practice
Chris Boudi, Esq. & Michelle Wolf, Esq.
12:15 PM LUNCH (On Your Own)
1:45 PM What To Do When VA Proposes To Sever Or Reduce Your Client's Benefits
Travis James West, Esq. & Shana Dunn, Esq.
2:45 PM VA Overpayments: How To Prevent Them Before They Happen And Fight Them When They Do
Kenny Dojaquez, Esq.
3:45 PM BREAK
4:00 PM Opting Into AMA Or Staying The Course In Legacy: Factors To Consider When Advising Your Client
Glenda Herl & Virginia Girard-Brady, Esq.


 

Friday -  April 24, 2020

7:30 AM    Continental Breakfast & Registration
8:00 AM Welcoming Remarks & Announcements
8:15 AM Reasonably Raised And Pending Claims: How And Where To Find Them
Kenneth Carpenter, Esq.
9:45 AM BREAK
10:00 AM         Ethics For The Young And Old - Your Duty To Prepare For Your Death Or Incapacity
John Tucker, Esq.
11:00 AM Appeals Panel With VA Guests
Cheryl Mason, Chairman, Board of Veterans Appeals
David McLenachen, Director, Appeals Management Office
Moderator: Robert Chisholm, Esq.
12:00 PM LUNCH (On Your Own)
1:30 PM Conversation With Chief Judge Margaret Bartley, U.S. Court Of Appeals For Veterans Claims

2:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions
(Choose One To Attend)

The Law Firm Dashboard: Using Metrics
Chris Attig, Esq. 

OR

Correcting Military Records: Understanding The Boards Of Military Correction
Richard G. Maxon, Esq.

3:30 PM BREAK

3:45 PM


Concurrent Sessions
(Choose One To Attend)

Using The Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) In Your Practice
Courtney Ross, Esq.

OR

Remedies In The AMA
Zachary Stolz, Esq.

5:00 PM

NOVA Social Hour

 

Saturday-  April 25, 2020
 

7:30 AM    Continental Breakfast & Registration
8:00 AM    NOVA Awards Ceremony
8:30 AM Outreach, Regulatory, & Legislative Update
Diane Boyd Rauber, Esq.
9:15 AM Case Law Update - Part I
Barbara Cook, Esq.
10:00 AM BREAK
10:15 AM Case Law Update - Part II
Barbara Cook, Esq.
11:00 AM LUNCH (On Your Own)
12:15 PM The Supplemental Claims Process And Interaction Between Legacy And AMA Cases
Ann Linscott, Esq., and Jessica Cleary, Esq.
1:30 PM Case Study
Katrina Eagle, Esq., & Jim Radogna
3:00 PM Closing Remarks

*Please be advised this schedule is subject to change*

 

Display the resources you have to offer those who serve our nation's veterans! Among NOVA’s greatest benefits are our semi-annual seminars, held to ensure that our members have the best tools and latest information so they may better serve their clients.

*Exhibitors are responsible for hotel room reservations and cancellations.


Reserve Your Table Now!

Our Exhibitor Application is available HERE, to help you learn more about how you can display the resources you have to offer those who serve our nation's veterans!  Questions? Contact us by clicking HERE.

*Exhibitor tables will be assigned at NOVA's discretion. NOVA will assign exhibitor tables in the exhibitor area at the hotel based on our discretion and in compliance with hotel rules.


Become a NOVA Sponsor

We are eager to work with you and help you publicize the resources you have available more effectively. By sponsoring one of the following events/items we offer at a NOVA Conference, your brand is sure to capture the attention of our attendees. The list below is just a sample of some of the sponsorship opportunities available, contact us for more!

  • Power Strip Sponsor:    $4,000
  • Breakfast Sponsor:        $2,500
  • Name Badge Sponsor:  $2,500
  • Morning/Afternoon Break Sponsor: $1,000
  • Reception Sponsor: $TBD
  • Cookies Sponsor: $700

Organizations that register two or more individuals at the same time can apply the multi-registration discount. The discount is 10% off your final amount, or each registration. *Please note this discount does not apply to single registrations and can only be used if registering from the same firm at the same time.*

DISCOUNT CODE: ATL20

CLE credits vary by state and NOVA programs are usually fully accepted. We have sign-in sheets each day to record your attendance for CLE purposes.

At the conclusion of the conference, NOVA staff will calculate your CLE credit hours based on whether you signed in at the registration desk each morning. Then, approximately two weeks after the conference you will receive an email with necessary forms and other supplemental materials that you will then have to submit to your state bar or the VA. 

Ticket Name Sale Ends Price Quantity
Fundamental Session Only (Thursday Only) - NOVA Member Rate - Early Bird Rate
07 Feb 2020
$350.00
Sale Ended
Fundamental Session Only (Thursday Only) - Non NOVA Member Rate - Early Bird Rate
07 Feb 2020
$450.00
Sale Ended
Fundamental Session Only (Thursday Only) - Student Rate - Early Bird Rate
07 Feb 2020
$100.00
Sale Ended
General Session Only (Friday & Saturday Only) - NOVA Member Rate - Early Bird Rate
07 Feb 2020
$495.00
Sale Ended
General Session Only (Friday & Saturday Only) - Non NOVA Member Rate - Early Bird Rate
07 Feb 2020
$645.00
Sale Ended
General Session Only (Friday & Saturday Only) - Student Rate - Early Bird Rate
07 Feb 2020
$170.00
Sale Ended
Fundamental & General Session (All Three Days) - Member Rate - Early Bird Rate
07 Feb 2020
$695.00
Sale Ended
Fundamental & General Session (All Three Days) - Non Member Rate - Early Bird Rate
07 Feb 2020
$945.00
Sale Ended
Fundamental & General Sessions (All Three Days) - Student Rate - Early Bird Rate
07 Feb 2020
$220.00
Sale Ended
Fundamental Session Only (Thursday Only) - NOVA Member Rate - Regular Rate 03 Apr 2020 $450.00
Fundamental Session Only (Thursday Only) - Non NOVA Member Rate - Regular Rate 03 Apr 2020 $550.00
Fundamental Session Only (Thursday Only) - Student Rate - Regular Rate 03 Apr 2020 $125.00
General Session Only (Friday & Saturday Only) - NOVA Member Rate - Regular Rate 03 Apr 2020 $645.00
General Session Only (Friday & Saturday Only) - Non NOVA Member Rate - Regular Rate 03 Apr 2020 $745.00
General Session Only (Friday & Saturday Only) - Student Rate - Regular Rate 03 Apr 2020 $195.00
Fundamental & General Session (All Three Days) - Member Rate - Regular Rate 03 Apr 2020 $895.00
Fundamental & General Session (All Three Days) - Non Member Rate - Regular Rate 03 Apr 2020 $1095.00
Fundamental & General Sessions (All Three Days) - Student Rate - Regular Rate 03 Apr 2020 $245.00
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23 Apr 2020 @ 8:00am EDT
25 Apr 2020 @ 4:00pm EDT

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