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2022 Spring Conference

17 Mar 2022 @ 8:00am MDT
19 Mar 2022 @ 4:00pm MDT
Event Details

The conference will increase your knowledge, confidence, and expertise in representing veterans before the Department of
Veterans Affairs, Board of Veterans' Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

New Schedule Format: We are excited to announce a new format for the Spring 2022 Conference in Scottsdale! 

We will begin by hosting our General Session and exhibits on Thursday & Friday (3/17 & 3/18).  The reception will be held on Thursday evening.  Based on comments from previous conference surveys, we are shifting some of our standard programming to new time slots and we’ve added a speaker Q&A session at the end of the day on Friday.

Our Basic Session will be held on Saturday, 3/19, with a smaller “workshop” design.  Lunch will be provided.  Attendees will be in four breakout rooms (holding approximately 40 people per room).  The presenters will “travel” from room to room so attendees will participate in every session during the course of the day, with ample opportunity for questions/discussion with the presenters and your fellow attendees.
 

Hybrid Option:  For the Spring 2022 conference, NOVA will offer a hybrid option for our General Session ONLY on Thursday and Friday (3/17 & 3/18, 2022). Attendees who are unable to travel to attend the conference in person can register to attend via our virtual platform.  Please note, due to the format of the Basic Session, which will be held on Saturday (3/19, 2022), we are UNABLE to offer a hybrid option for that day of sessions.

Regardless of whether you attend the General Session in person or virtually, you will receive all relevant materials, watch the sessions live, and be able to participate in the Q&A portion of the session via the Conferences I/O app.  NOVA has the ability to convert to a fully virtual event should there be any shutdowns due to the pandemic.  Please be sure to select the correct option when you register.

Health and Safety Requirements:

  • As we did for the fall event, all in-person attendees must provide proof of vaccination for COVID-19 in advance.  The CDC currently states an individual is fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.  Please note: Should the CDC modify the definition to include a booster, we will require proof of a booster.  We do not store your vaccine card copies, but if you attended the fall conference, you will not need to resubmit your information.  At this time and for this conference, there will be no exceptions made.
  • You will be required to sign a new waiver. Please send vaccination proof and waiver to Katy Whalen by March 4.
  • NOVA will follow the masking requirements of the locality at the time of the conference.  Currently, Scottsdale does not require masks in indoor public spaces. 


Hotel Room Block:  The Scottsdale Plaza Resort does not have availability outside of our room block during our event – once our block sells out the hotel will not have additional rooms available.  Due to the limited availability, we ask that you only book ONE room per attendee.  If you need to book multiple rooms for your firm, please be sure to assign every room to a unique attendee who is registered to attend the conference.  If you book multiple rooms under one name, we will CANCEL any additional rooms immediately.

The Room Block Rate at The Scottsdale Plaza Resort is $235 plus tax, per night, single and double occupancy, and is available three days prior and three days after the conference based upon room availability.

All reservations must be made by Monday, February 14, for the NOVA rate to be honored. Please book your hotel room early as space is limited and the NOVA room block always fills before the deadline.


Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Requirements: NOVA conferences are usually fully accepted for CLE purposes. We pre-apply for approval to states in which we have a certain number of attendees seeking credit. If we do not pre-apply, we provide the state application form for you to submit on your own along with your certificate of attendance.  

NOVA uses sign-in sheets each day to record your attendance. We want to remind you that all CLE procedures, including requiring attendees to sign in, are based on the rules and regulations put forward by various state bars. NOVA is required to follow such rules. While they do vary state to state, accurately signing in to prove your attendance at either a virtual or in-person event is required by every jurisdiction that monitors CLE. As such, please do not sign in for any sessions you haven’t attended. If you leave early, please note as such on the sign-in form. If you fail to properly sign in, we cannot process your CLE credits.   

As NOVA continues to grow, we will be monitoring our CLE procedures over the next several events.  We may need to implement stricter sign-in/out policies based on those observations.  Thanks for your cooperation.

We are excited to announce a new format for the Spring 2022 Conference in Scottsdale! 

We will begin by hosting our General Session and exhibits on Thursday & Friday (3/17 & 3/18).  The reception will be held on Thursday evening.  Based on comments from previous conference surveys, we are shifting some of our standard programming to new time slots and we’ve added a speaker Q&A session at the end of the day on Friday.

Our Basic Session will be held on Saturday, 3/19, with a smaller “workshop” design.  Lunch will be provided.  Attendees will be in four breakout rooms (holding approximately 40 people per room). The presenters will “travel” from room to room so attendees will participate in every session during the course of the day, with ample opportunity for questions/discussion with the presenters and your fellow attendees.

Scottsdale, AZ - March 17-19, 2022

Hotel: The Scottsdale Plaza Resort
7200 North Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

 

An authentic Arizona experience awaits at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, where 40 lush acres and 50,000 square feet of flexible event space provide a perfect, palm-lined retreat for family getaways, business meetings and milestone celebrations. Five pools, a full-service salon and day spa, and nearby championship golf set the stage for memorable experiences framed by elegant Spanish Mission-inspired architecture, fragrant gardens filled with desert flowers, and stunning views of Camelback and Mummy Mountain.

Click HERE to view the NOVA 2022 Spring Conference Brochure.

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.

*Please note NOVA reserves the right to refuse conference registration and provide a refund.*

Please choose your selections carefully and in consideration of our new conference format.

Registration Cancellation Policy:
Before February 25, 2022...........75% of fee paid will be returned
On or After February 25, 2022......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 this conference has a NEW FORMAT and to carefully choose which days you would like to attend and register accordingly.  
  • 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: SPR22

Hotel: The Scottsdale Plaza Resort
7200 North Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

(480) 948-5000

 

Our room block rates have expired.  If you have not booked your stay for the conference, please contact The Scottsdale Plaza Resort directly to learn about availability and pricing at the number above.

EXHIBITOR INFORMATION

Thank you for your interest in exhibiting at the NOVA Spring 2022 Conference in Scottsdale, AZ!  

Applications for exhibit space in Scottsdale are now CLOSED!  We hope you'll consider applying to exhibit at our Fall Conference in Cincinnati, OH, October 27-29, 2022.  Applications for our Fall Conference will open in late summer.
 

Exhibit dates:
Thursday and Friday, March 17 & 18, 2022

Cost:
One (1) 6-foot draped table and two (2) chairs: $1,100.00
Two (2) 6-foot draped tables and four (4) chairs: $1,400.00

 

NOVA SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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.

  • Power Strip Sponsor: $3,000
  • Name Badge Sponsor: $3,000 (FULL)
  • Breakfast Sponsor: $3,000 (1 Available)
  • Afternoon Break Sponsor: $1,500
  • Reception Sponsor: $TBD

Our Power Strip sponsor will be recognized in the slideshow, on signage in the ballroom, and thanked in our daily announcements.

Our Breakfast sponsor(s) will ensure that our attendees receive an enhanced breakfast and will be recognized in the slideshow, on signage in the breakfast area during their sponsored breakfast, and thanked in our daily announcements. We have 3 Breakfast sponsorships available.

Our Name Badge sponsor will be recognized in the slideshow, on the back of all attendee name badges, and thanked in our daily announcements.

Our Afternoon Break sponsor(s) will ensure that our attendees receive cookies or a similar enhancement to the afternoon coffee break. They will be recognized in the slideshow, on signage in the afternoon break area during their sponsored break, and thanked in our daily announcements. We have 2 Afternoon break sponsorships available.

Our Reception sponsor is our largest available sponsorship and allows us to serve an upgraded reception menu that includes additional appetizers and an open bar. 

As noted, the list above is just a sample of some of the sponsorship opportunities available, we are happy to work within our sponsor’s budgets to find creative and new opportunities. Contact us for more!  To apply to be a sponsor, please complete the application HERE.

About 1 week before the conference, you will receive an email (to the email with which you registered) with a link to download the seminar materials. 

You must open all PDF's with an adobe acrobat PDF reader, and find and click on the paperclip icon, in order to access any attachments such as speaker bios and exhibits.

  • As we did for the fall 2021 event, all in-person attendees must provide proof of vaccination for COVID-19 in advance.  The CDC currently states an individual is fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.  Please note: Should the CDC modify the definition to include a booster, we will require proof of a booster.  We do not store your vaccine card copies, but if you attended the fall 2021 conference, you will not need to resubmit your information.  At this time and for this conference, there will be no exceptions made.
  • You will be required to sign a new waiver. Please Click Here for the waiver. Please send vaccination proof and waiver to Katy Whalen by March 4.
  • NOVA will follow the masking requirements of the locality at the time of the conference.  Currently, Scottsdale does not require masks in indoor public spaces. 

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Requirements: NOVA conferences are usually fully accepted for CLE purposes. We pre-apply for approval to states in which we have a certain number of attendees seeking credit. If we do not pre-apply, we provide the state application form for you to submit on your own along with your certificate of attendance.  

NOVA uses sign-in sheets each day to record your attendance. We want to remind you that all CLE procedures, including requiring attendees to sign in, are based on the rules and regulations put forward by various state bars. NOVA is required to follow such rules. While they do vary state to state, accurately signing in to prove your attendance at either a virtual or in-person event is required by every jurisdiction that monitors CLE. As such, please do not sign in for any sessions you haven’t attended. If you leave early, please note as such on the sign-in form. If you fail to properly sign in, we cannot process your CLE credits.   

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. NOVA does not submit your hours on your behalf.

Any questions regarding CLE, please contact Katy Whalen.

For the Spring 2022 conference, NOVA will offer a hybrid option for our General Session ONLY on Thursday and Friday (3/17 & 3/18, 2022). Attendees who are unable to travel to attend the conference in person can register to attend via our virtual platform.  Please note, due to the format of the Basic Session, which will be held on Saturday (3/19, 2022), we are UNABLE to offer a hybrid option for that day of sessions.

Regardless of whether you attend the General Session in person or virtually, you will receive all relevant materials, watch the sessions live, and be able to participate in the Q&A portion of the session via the Conferences I/O app.  NOVA has the ability to convert to a fully virtual event should there be any shutdowns due to the pandemic.  Please be sure to select the correct option when you register.

Think the desert is all dirt and tumbleweeds? Think again. Desert Botanical Garden is home to thousands of species of cactus, trees and flowers from all around the world spread across 55 acres in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Gardens are pleased to host the Chihuly in the Desert showcase again this spring.

Chihuly in the Desert showcases Dale Chihuly’s stunning, large-scale installations nestled among the Garden’s world-class collection of desert plants. Featuring installations on the Garden’s trails complemented by a major indoor gallery in Dorrance Hall, the dynamic exhibition includes never-before-seen installations and is a must-see throughout the seasons.

Visit the gardens with fellow conference attendees on Friday, March 18, at 6:30pm. Please note, transportation will not be provided for this event.  Attendees will be responsible for securing their own transportation via a service such as Uber or Lyft.  The gardens are a 15-20 minute drive from the resort.

Price? $37.95 per person. The tickets are non-refundable. 

Space is limited and is first-come, first-serve.  Please register by Friday, March 11!

 

Click HERE to Register NOW!

Thank you for your interest in the Speaker Luncheon - registration is now closed!

Join us for our speakers luncheon on Friday, March 18, at 11:30am. NOVA will provide eleven tables with five seats available for attendees, where you can sit with your colleagues, discuss issues, and ask questions regarding the speaker’s topic. Our speakers will lead a dialogue or Q&A session allowing everyone at your table to interact. Table topics will include Findings of Fact, Caselaw, Toxic Exposure Advocacy, Duty to Assist in AMA, Picking a Lane in the AMA, and more! Come interact with your colleagues and the presenter, discuss issues, and ask questions regarding the presenter's topic.

This luncheon requires a separate registration. As a result of hotel food and beverage requirements, we will not be able to accept on-site registrations for this luncheon. 

The cost of the luncheon is $39 per person.  We are excited to offer a buffet-style lunch in a covered, outdoor space at the resort in Scottsdale.  The multi-registration conference discount does not apply to the luncheon. We ask you to indicate one first choice and one second choice for your table. Please remember reservations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis and seating is limited. Your table will be confirmed once your registration has been processed and your ticket is non-refundable.

 

Multi Registration Discount:

Organizations that register two or more individuals at the same time can apply the multi-registration discount. To apply the code, please click "Click here to enter your promotional code" when selecting your tickets, before clicking purchase tickets.

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: SPR22

Ticket Name Sale Ends Price Quantity
IN PERSON - General Session Only (Thursday and Friday Only) - Member Rate - Early Bird Rate
04 Feb 2022
$495.00
Sale Ended
IN PERSON - General Session Only (Thursday and Friday Only) - NonMember Rate - Early Bird Rate
04 Feb 2022
$645.00
Sale Ended
IN PERSON - General Session Only (Thursday and Friday Only) - Student Rate - Early Bird Rate
04 Feb 2022
$170.00
Sale Ended
VIRTUAL - General Session Only (Thursday and Friday Only) - Member Rate - Early Bird Rate
04 Feb 2022
$495.00
Sale Ended
VIRTUAL - General Session Only (Thursday and Friday Only) - NonMember Rate - Early Bird Rate
04 Feb 2022
$645.00
Sale Ended
VIRTUAL - General Session Only (Thursday and Friday Only) - Student Rate - Early Bird Rate
04 Feb 2022
$170.00
Sale Ended
IN PERSON ONLY - Basic Session Only (Saturday) - Member Rate - Early Bird Rate
04 Feb 2022
$375.00
Sale Ended
IN PERSON ONLY - Basic Session Only (Saturday) - NonMember Rate - Early Bird Rate
04 Feb 2022
$475.00
Sale Ended
IN PERSON ONLY - Basic Session Only (Saturday) - Student Rate - Early Bird Rate
04 Feb 2022
$100.00
Sale Ended
IN PERSON ONLY - General & Basic Session (All Three Days) - Member Rate - Early Bird Rate
04 Feb 2022
$720.00
Sale Ended
IN PERSON ONLY - General & Basic Session (All Three Days) - NonMember Rate - Early Bird Rate
04 Feb 2022
$970.00
Sale Ended
IN PERSON ONLY - General & Basic Session (All Three Days) - Student Rate - Early Bird Rate
04 Feb 2022
$220.00
Sale Ended
IN PERSON - General Session Only (Thursday and Friday Only) - Member Rate - Regular Rate
25 Feb 2022
$645.00
Sale Ended
IN PERSON - General Session Only (Thursday and Friday Only) - NonMember Rate - Regular Rate
25 Feb 2022
$745.00
Sale Ended
IN PERSON - General Session Only (Thursday and Friday Only) - Student Rate - Regular Rate
25 Feb 2022
$195.00
Sale Ended
VIRTUAL - General Session Only (Thursday and Friday Only) - Member Rate - Regular Rate
25 Feb 2022
$645.00
Sale Ended
VIRTUAL - General Session Only (Thursday and Friday Only) - NonMember Rate - Regular Rate
25 Feb 2022
$745.00
Sale Ended
VIRTUAL - General Session Only (Thursday and Friday Only) - Student Rate - Regular Rate
25 Feb 2022
$195.00
Sale Ended
IN PERSON ONLY - Basic Session Only (Saturday) - Member Rate - Regular Rate
25 Feb 2022
$475.00
Sale Ended
IN PERSON ONLY - Basic Session Only (Saturday) - NonMember Rate - Regular Rate
25 Feb 2022
$575.00
Sale Ended
IN PERSON ONLY - Basic Session Only (Saturday) - Student Rate - Regular Rate
25 Feb 2022
$125.00
Sale Ended
IN PERSON ONLY - General & Basic Session (All Three Days) - Member Rate - Regular Rate
25 Feb 2022
$920.00
Sale Ended
IN PERSON ONLY - General & Basic Session (All Three Days) - NonMember Rate - Regular Rate
25 Feb 2022
$1120.00
Sale Ended
IN PERSON ONLY - General & Basic Session (All Three Days) - Student Rate - Regular Rate
25 Feb 2022
$245.00
Sale Ended
IN PERSON - General Session Only (Thursday and Friday Only) - Member Rate - Late Rate
10 Mar 2022
$845.00
Sale Ended
IN PERSON - General Session Only (Thursday and Friday Only) - NonMember Rate - Late Rate
10 Mar 2022
$945.00
Sale Ended
IN PERSON - General Session Only (Thursday and Friday Only) - Student - Late Rate
10 Mar 2022
$220.00
Sale Ended
VIRTUAL - General Session Only (Thursday and Friday Only) - Member Rate - Late Rate
11 Mar 2022
$845.00
Sale Ended
VIRTUAL - General Session Only (Thursday and Friday Only) - NonMember Rate - Late Rate
11 Mar 2022
$945.00
Sale Ended
VIRTUAL - General Session Only (Thursday and Friday Only) - Student Rate - Late Rate
11 Mar 2022
$220.00
Sale Ended
IN PERSON ONLY - Basic Session Only (Saturday) - Member Rate - Late Rate
10 Mar 2022
$675.00
Sale Ended
IN PERSON ONLY - Basic Session Only (Saturday) - NonMember Rate - Late Rate
10 Mar 2022
$775.00
Sale Ended
IN PERSON ONLY - Basic Session Only (Saturday) - Student Rate - Late Rate
10 Mar 2022
$150.00
Sale Ended
IN PERSON ONLY - General & Basic Session (All Three Days) - Member Rate - Late Rate
10 Mar 2022
$1320.00
Sale Ended
IN PERSON ONLY - General & Basic Session (All Three Days) - NonMember Rate - Late Rate
10 Mar 2022
$1520.00
Sale Ended
IN PERSON ONLY - General & Basic Session (All Three Days) - Student Rate - Late Rate
10 Mar 2022
$270.00
Sale Ended
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New Schedule Format

We are excited to announce a new format for the Spring 2022 Conference in Scottsdale! 

We will begin by hosting our General Session and exhibits on Thursday & Friday (3/17 & 3/18).  The reception will be held on Thursday evening.  Based on comments from previous conference surveys, we are shifting some of our standard programming to new time slots and we’ve added a speaker Q&A session at the end of the day on Friday.

Our Basic Session will be held on Saturday, 3/19, with a smaller “workshop” design.  Lunch will be provided.  Attendees will be in four breakout rooms (holding approximately 40 people per room).  The presenters will “travel” from room to room with ample opportunity for questions/discussion with the presenters and your fellow attendees.