News & Notes – August 3, 2017

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Upcoming NOVA Webinar - Business Series Part IV: How to Manage Your Growing Practice - Register Today!

NOVA will hold its next webinar – How to Manage Your Growing Practice – on Wednesday August 30, 2017 at 2PM ET. Many advocates new to VA practice take a “Field of Dreams” approach to growing their firm: “If you practice, veterans will come.” Without a realistic marketing plan, you can find yourself with too many cases and clients. It often takes three years to win your client’s case, and it is easy to end up with a docket of cases that limit your ability to grow your practice and experience.

In Installment #4 of the “New Practitioner Business Webinar Series,” Chris Attig will show you how to create a law firm marketing plan that will help you find the right clients and cases to build a successful law practice - on the shoe-string budget of a new VA law practice.

Though each session builds on the prior, this material will help you build your Veterans Law Practice even if you have not seen session 1, 2 or 3.

To register for this webinar, please click HERE.


Register for the NOVA Fall Conference in St. Pete Beach!

The conference includes a one-day Basic Session scheduled for Thursday, October 12, 2017. The Fall Conference, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14, is filled with a wide array of interesting and informative topics and presenters. For detailed descriptions of the sessions, please check out our 2017 Fall Conference Brochure.

The NOVA 2017 Fall Conference will be held at the TradeWinds Island Resort in St. Pete Beach, FL. The NOVA Room Block Rate is $185 plus tax, per night, single or double occupancy, and is available two days prior and two days after the conference based upon room availability. Room reservations must be made by September 10, 2017 for this rate to be honored. Please book your room online HERE or call 1-800-808-9833 and make sure to refer to the NOVA 2017 Fall Conference, to obtain the special group rate. Please book your hotel room early as space is limited and the block often fills before the deadline.  

Click HERE for more information! We look forward to seeing you in St. Pete Beach!

Sign Up for NOVA Special Luncheon at the Fall Conference on Friday, October 13! 

NOVA will provide nine tables with 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.

*As a result of hotel food and beverage requirements, we will not be able to accept on-site registrations for this luncheon. Registrations must be made in advance. 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. Your table will be confirmed once your registration has been processed.

To register, click HERE.

NOVA Board of Directors Nomination/Election Notice 2017 (Term 2018-21)

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 St. Pete Beach, Florida on October 14, 2017 at 7:45 a.m. ET.

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

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, 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 Secretary of his or her desire to be a candidate for election no later than August 8, 2017. Thereafter, the Secretary will solicit additional information from each candidate. The Board shall select by majority vote a number of 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, additional nominations must be endorsed with the names of at least ten (10) Sustaining Members and submitted to the Secretary. 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 Secretary. The Secretary 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 Secretary and received no later than five (5) days prior to the Membership Meeting.

The nomination and election process will follow this schedule:
July 1, 2017:   The Secretary will begin accepting nominations
August 8, 2017:  Open nominations close
August 22, 2017:  The Board will announce its selection of candidates
September 14, 2017: Deadline for accepting additional nominations
September 18, 2017: The Secretary will announce the slate of candidates
September 22, 2017: Due date for candidate’s statements
September 24, 2017: Last day to request absentee ballots
October 9, 2017: Due date for absentee ballots
October 14, 2017: Election held and results announced

Nominations, candidate’s statements, or questions may be directed to the Secretary, Todd M. Wesche, at

Requests for absentee ballots may be directed to the Executive Director, Diane Rauber, at

Completed absentee ballots must be signed and sent by U.S. mail and addressed to:

Todd M. Wesche, Esq.
P.O.Box 350038
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33335-0038