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  • Stacie Lemick posted an article
    NOVA Board of Directors Nomination/Election Notice 2021 (Election for 2022-2024 term) see more

    In accordance with NOVA’s bylaws, the terms of one-third of the members of its Board of Directors expire at the end of each year. This year’s election of Board members will be conducted at the annual Membership Meeting to be held in Washington, D.C. on October 2, 2021, at 7:45 a.m. ET, for a term of three (3) years from 2022-2024.

    To serve on the Board, an individual must have been a Sustaining Member in good standing for the five (5) years preceding his or her nomination, with active participation in NOVA, and must be either admitted or accredited to practice before either the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, or both. Other membership categories are not eligible to serve. 

    To ensure that all Board members can exercise independent judgment in all matters coming before the Board, no more than one person employed by or affiliated with the same entity, for employment or business purposes, may serve on the Board at the same time. Should the situation arise where more than one member of or member-elect to the Board have such employment or business relationship, the entirety of the Board members unaffiliated with that entity shall determine a resolution by a majority vote. Nothing herein shall be construed to prohibit a Board member or member-elect from engaging in business referral arrangements, acting as co-counsel, or similar arrangements, or otherwise being a member of or participating in professional or social organizations.

    Board members serve a three (3) year term beginning on January 1st of the year following election. Board membership requires commitment both of time and resources as you represent other NOVA members. Board members are expected to be active participants in NOVA. They are required to attend Board meetings, seminars, and conference calls. The Board meets in-person at the Spring and Fall seminars and for a two-day planning meeting, approximately bi-monthly by phone, and on an ad hoc basis. Members cover their own expenses, including travel, lodging, and meals for all seminars and meetings.

    Anyone interested in serving, and meeting the minimum requirements, must inform the President of his or her desire to be a candidate for election no later than July 22, 2021. Thereafter, the President will solicit additional information from each candidate. The Board shall select by majority vote candidates to appear on the ballot equal to the number of positions on the Board to be filled at the upcoming election. The Board will then announce its selections to NOVA’s membership. Thereafter, any additional nominations must be endorsed with the names of at least ten (10) Sustaining Members and submitted to the President. The required timeframes are specified below. Each such nominee will appear as a candidate on the ballot.

    Each candidate may provide a written statement supporting his or her candidacy. Such a statement must be submitted to the President. The President will distribute the written statements to the Sustaining Members prior to balloting. A candidate wishing to speak to the membership at the annual meeting prior to balloting shall be allowed up to five (5) minutes to do so.

    Any Sustaining Member in good standing who will not be attending the Membership Meeting may request an absentee ballot from the Executive Director. An absentee ballot may only be cast by members who will not be in attendance. The completed absentee ballot must be submitted to the President and received no later than five (5) days prior to the Membership Meeting.

    The nomination and election process will follow this schedule:

    July 1, 2021 The President begins accepting nominations
    July 22, 2021 Open nominations close
    August 19, 2021 The Board announces its selection of candidates
    September 2, 2021 Deadline for accepting additional nominations
    September 3, 2021 The Board announces the slate of candidates
    September 10, 2021 Last day to request absentee ballots
    September 13, 2021               Due date for candidate's statements
    September 27, 2021 Deadline for receipt of absentee ballots
    October 2, 2021 Election held and results announced


    Nominations, candidate’s statements, or questions, may be directed to the President, Glenda Herl at gsherl@cox.net.

    Requests for absentee ballots may be directed to the Executive Director, Diane Boyd Rauber, at drauber@vetadvocates.org. Completed absentee ballots must be received no later than September 27, 2021. They should be sent by email to: gsherl@cox.net.

  • Stacie Lemick posted an article
    Fall 2021 Conference Registration Will Open July 7th! see more

    It’s hard to believe that it will be two years since we last met in person in September 2019.  We think it is safe to say no one envisioned what these two years would bring when we last met in Portland.  First and foremost, we want to thank you for your steadfast support and flexibility as we moved our programs to a fully virtual experience.  NOVA membership has increased during this time, and we look forward to welcoming many new and long-time members to DC this fall in person.  We have a great program planned!

    For our return to an in-person experience and in consultation with NOVA’s seminar committee, Board of Directors, and Hyatt hotel staff, we are sharing information currently intended for this conference only to ease the transition and make the experience as comfortable as possible for those who attend. 

    1. We will have one, three-day conference with no breakout sessions.  All sessions will be held in the Regency Ballroom, the hotel’s largest space.  We are committed to a 2x6 classroom format and we expect to cap attendance at approximately 400 people.

    2. We will have limited exhibiting – we anticipate no more than six exhibitors.

    3. Our hotel block typically fills quickly, please follow this link to take advantage of the NOVA room rate. 

    4. While COVID restrictions in DC generally have been lifted for vaccinated individuals and businesses currently are operating at full capacity, masks are still currently required for non-vaccinated individuals and for everyone on Metro and public transportation.  Please note that we will follow the DC and hotel guidance on all COVID-19 protocols and we will provide you with the most updated information in advance of the conference date.  We also encourage you to review the hotel’s policies here

    5. There will be no virtual option at this conference.  We do plan to record the sessions and will offer them afterwards for purchase if you cannot attend.  Please note that we plan to hold another fully virtual conference in spring 2023. 

    Again, thank you for your support.  We welcome your feedback; feel free to email us with questions or concerns.  We look forward to seeing you in DC!

    Diane Boyd Rauber
    Executive Director

  • Katy Whalen posted an article
    Join us for Part 2 of our CUE Webinar Series! see more

    A motion for revision based on clear and unmistakable error (CUE) is an important tool that can overturn a prior unfavorable decision for your client.  Join NOVA members Katrina Eagle and Jim Radogna as they provide comprehensive training on using this tool successfully in your practice.

    In the second session in July, they will discuss case law regarding CUE, and walk you through CUE case studies and hypotheticals.

    Register HERE.

  • Brian Smith joined National Organization of Veterans' Advocates, Inc. .
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