2017 Spring Conference



NOVA's 2017 Spring Conference

To access NOVA's 2017 Spring Conference Brochure, CLICK HERE!

The NOVA 2017 Spring Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas! The NOVA Conference is intended for both new practitioners to the area of veterans’ law and more advanced 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 San Antonio!


Where & When

San Antonio, Texas - April 20-22, 2017
Hotel: Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk

The NOVA Room Block Rate is $199 plus tax, per night, single or double occupancy, and is available 3 days prior and 3 days after the conference based upon room availability. Room reservations must be made by Tuesday, March 21, 2017 for this rate to be honored.

To book your room for the 2017 Spring Conference, CLICK HERE or call 1-888-421-1442 and make sure to refer to the NOVA 2017 Spring Conference, to obtain the special group rate.

*As of March 7, 2017, we are sold out of NOVA Rooms on April 20. Please reference our list of additional hotels in the area, by clicking HERE


How to Register

Registration is now closed. 

Registration Cancellation Policy:
Before March 31, 2017...........75% of fee paid will be returned
On or After March 31, 2017......No Refund (Seminar Materials will be provided)


Spring Conference Special Luncheon - Thursday April 20, 2017

Register for our Spring Conference Special Luncheon on Thursday, April 20, 2017! NOVA will provide several tables with nine seats available for attendees, where discussion will be led by experienced NOVA members and presenters on conference topics. Come interact with your colleagues and the presenter, discuss issues, and ask questions regarding the presenter's topic.

Registration for the luncheon is now closed.


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 also accredited veteran’s service representatives.

To apply for the William G. Smith Scholarship Award, the following information is required: Your name, address and email; year of graduation from law school, if applicable; current employer and position; provide a brief explanation of how you intend to use this training; indicate your VA accreditation date, if applicable; explain why you need financial assistance to attend a NOVA seminar; and indicate if you have the financial resources to cover the costs to attend the seminar (i.e., travel, lodging, food) should you be awarded a scholarship. The granting of scholarships as well as the number of recipients shall be at the sole discretion of the NOVA Board of Directors.

We are no longer accepting scholarship applications for the Spring 2017 Spring Conference. Please consider applying to our Fall Conference in St. Pete Beach, Florida.


Conference Materials

NOVA does not provide hard copies of the conference materials on site. A few weeks before the conference, you will receive an email 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.


Become an Exhibitor or Sponsor!

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!

Click HERE to access our Exhibitor Registration Form and 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.

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.

  • WI-FI Internet Access:  $5,000
  • Power Strip Sponsor:    $4,000
  • Breakfast Sponsor:       $2,500
  • Name Badge Sponsor:  $2,500

Schedule of Events

*This program is subject to change*

For more detailed descriptions of the presentations, please reference our conference brochure above.

Thursday - April 20, 2017

7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast & Registration
8:00 a.m.
(15 min)
Welcoming Remarks & Introduction
Kenneth M. Carpenter, Esq.
8:15 a.m.
(90 min)
An Introduction to VA Benefits and Practice
Presenter: Daniel Smith, Esq.
9:45 a.m.
(60 min)
Service Connection 101 for New Practitioners: Basics of Service Connection for VA Claims
Presenter: Drew N. Early, Esq.
10:45 a.m
(15 min)
BREAK
11:00 a.m.
(60 min)
Downstream Issues
Presenter: Chris Attig, Esq.
12:00 p.m.
(90 min)
LUNCH (on your own)
1:30 p.m.
(60 min)
Evidentiary Development at the Agency
Presenter: Jonathan Greene, Esq.
2:30 p.m.
(60 min)
How To Value Potential Claims
Presenter: Kenneth M. Carpenter, Esq.
3:30 p.m.
(15 min)
BREAK
3:45 p.m.
(60 min)
Legal Tools You Need to Practice
Presenter: Amy Odom & Diane Rauber
4:45 p.m. Questions & Answers Session
Panel: All Presenters

 

Friday - April 21, 2017

7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast & Registration
8:00 a.m.
(15 min)
Welcoming Remarks
Glenda Herl, NOVA President
8:15 a.m.
(120 min)
How to Use Recent Court Decisions
Presenter: Kenneth M. Carpenter, Esq.
10:15 a.m.
(15 min)
BREAK
10:30 a.m
(90 min)
BVA Presentation
Presenters: James Ridgway & Dr. Edward Zech, Board of Veterans Appeals
12:00 p.m.
(90 min)
LUNCH (on your own)
1:30 p.m.
(60 min)
VA Update
Presenter: David R. McLenachen
2:30 p.m.
(60 min)
Mentoring the Next Generation: Lawyers and Law Schools Working Together to Help Veterans
Presenters: Stacey-Rae Simcox, Esq. & Matthew Hill, Esq.
3:30 p.m.
(15 mins)
BREAK
3:45 p.m. CAVC Discussion
Presenter: Chief Judge Robert Davis
5:30 p.m. NOVA RECEPTION

 

Saturday - April 22, 2017

7:45 a.m. Awards Ceremony
8:15 a.m.
(60 min)Concurrent Sessions
Legislative Regulatory & Outreach Update
Presenters: Diane Rauber & Glenda Herl orMaximizing Schedular Ratings for Musculoskeletal Disabilities
Presenter: Amy Odom, Esq.
9:15 a.m.
(90 min)Concurrent Sessions
Evaluating Mental Disorders & Traumatic Brain Injuries
Presenter: Dr. Douglas Brady
orVA Medical Malpractice - An FTCA and 1151 Primer for Advocates
Presenter: Brewster Rawls, Esq.
10:45 (15 mins) BREAK
11:00 a.m.
(60 mins)Concurrent Sessions
Ethics
Presenter: Ralph Bratch, Esq.orNavigating the Path to Accreditation
Presenter: Michelle DeTore, Esq.
12:00 p.m.
(90 min)
LUNCH (on your own)
1:30 p.m.
(60 min)Concurrent Sessions
VBMS
Presenter: Glenda Herl, NOVA PresidentorHow to Prevail in a Claim for Service Connection for PTSD Based on MST
Presenters: Christine Clemens, Esq. & Sara Huerter, Esq.
2:30 p.m.
(60 min)Concurrent Sessions
How to Get Records From VA
Presenter: Zachary Stolz, Esq.orC&P Exams
Presenter: Robert Goss, Esq.
3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

 

*This program is subject to change*