The Kenneth M. Carpenter advocacy award is NOVA’s most prestigious honor and is named after one of NOVA’s original founding members. This award is presented at the spring conference to an outstanding NOVA member who has made a significant contribution to NOVA or to the practice of veterans’ law.
Entrance to NOVA’s Hall of Honor is limited to those NOVA members, past or present, who have had a unique and lasting impact on the field of veterans’ law and whose careers exemplify NOVA’s tradition of excellent service to America’s veterans and their families.
This award is presented annually to a NOVA member in recognition of his or her participation in the NOVA Pro Bono Advocates Program and, who through their contributions to the Program, exemplifies the pro bono spirit of providing legal services to those individuals who are unable to afford them.
This award is presented to a person or organization that has provided outstanding service to America's veterans, or to programs and legislation which positively affects America's veterans.
Roman Martinez (2013), of Latham and Watkins
This unique award was especially created by the President of the NOVA Board of Directors in recognition of the distinguished service of a NOVA member or employee for extraordinary efforts above and beyond the course of normal events. This award also recognizes long standing service to the association.
In this case, the President's Award focused on the exceptional level of planning, coordination, and dedication required to successfully execute the multi -faceted NOVA 20th Anniversary Celebration, which culminated in a black-tie gala and awards ceremony on April 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. In addition, the award also recognized long standing service to the association, dating back to Ms. Herl's years as the Executive Director, a role in which she served from 1995 to 2004, laying the groundwork to make the organization all that it has become today.
In grateful recognition of Mr. Hobson's dedication and service in managing NOVA’s growth and promoting positive relationships with the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims as well as U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.