The National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) has selected Diane Boyd Rauber to serve as its new Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs. A respected NOVA member and veterans law attorney, Ms. Boyd Rauber will reach out to members of Congress, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and veterans service organizations (VSOs) to raise awareness of NOVA’s mission and goals.
Ms. Boyd Rauber has represented disabled veterans before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) in non-profit organization, private practice, and VSO settings. Her legal career spans nearly 25 years.
“Diane brings extensive knowledge of the challenges facing disabled veterans who seek to appeal the VA’s decision to deny their earned benefits. Her insight into these complex matters will be extremely valuable as we strengthen our relationships on Capitol Hill, at VA, and within the veterans’ community,” commented NOVA President Michael R. Viterna.
Prior to joining NOVA, Ms. Boyd Rauber served as Associate General Counsel and Director of Appeals at the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), Office of General Counsel, in Washington, D.C. At PVA, she oversaw the transition of the National Appeals Office to attorney leadership. She also represented hundreds of PVA clients before the Board, served as PVA's liaison in Board/VSO meetings and working groups, and collaborated with PVA's Government Relations staff on appeals reform issues.
In January 2015, Ms. Boyd Rauber testified before the House Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs on the veteran’s dilemma navigating the VA’s complicated appeals process. She is also a frequent speaker on veterans' litigation issues, addressing law students and attorneys at conferences and continuing education seminars, including NOVA's 2014 Fall Conference in Orlando.
Her career includes serving as counsel to the Law Office of Wildhaber and Associates and as a staff attorney at the National Veterans Legal Services Project, representing veterans before the Board and C AVC. She also served as a consultant to the American Bar Association’s Center on Children and the Law, contributing to numerous publications on child welfare law and practice.
Her bar memberships include the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia, the CAVC, and the Court of Appeals of Maryland. In addition to NOVA, she is also a member of the CAVC Bar Association and the Maryland Bar Association Veterans Affairs and Military Law Section.
Ms. Boyd Rauber earned her law degree from Catholic University of America School of Law, Washington, D.C. She has a Master of Education degree in Special Education from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Pennsylvania State University.