NOVA News & Notes – January 25, 2018



NOVA News & Notes

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The Early-Bird Discount for NOVA Spring Conference in San Diego Expires Next Week (February 2)! REGISTER NOW!

The NOVA Conference will increase your knowledge, confidence, and expertise in representing veterans before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. In addition, your time may be credited to your jurisdiction’s CLE requirements.

Click HERE to register before February 2 to get the discounted EARLY BIRD RATE!

The conference includes a one-day Basic Session scheduled for Thursday, March 15. The Spring Conference, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17, is filled with a wide array of interesting and informative topics and presenters. For detailed descriptions of the sessions, please check out our 2018 Spring Conference Brochure.

The NOVA 2018 Spring Conference will be held at the Loews Coronado Bay in San Diego, CA. The NOVA Room Block Rate is $225 plus tax, per night, single or double occupancy, and is available two days prior and two days after the conference based upon room availability. To book your room for the 2018 Spring Conference, please click HERE or call 1-800-235-6397 and make sure to refer to the NOVA 2018 Spring Conference, to obtain the special group rate. Room reservations must be made by Tuesday February 13, 2018 for this rate to be honored. Please book your hotel room early as space is limited and the block always fills before the deadline.  

Click HERE for more information! If you have any questions or concerns regarding the conference, please contact Meghan Dunham at the NOVA Office. We look forward to seeing you in San Diego!

NOVA Accreditation Webinar Series Approved for CLEs. BUY NOW!

NOVA is pleased to announce that our webinar series  Representing Veterans and Their Families Before the Department of Veterans Affairs has been approved for CLEs in Virginia and is available for purchase on our website HERE. The entire series has been approved for 4.5 credits.

Three experienced practitioners will walk you through the ABC’s of VA practice.  Each session, approximately 1.5 hours in length, is focused on concepts critical to representation of veterans and their families.  This webinar series is intended to fulfill VA’s accreditation requirements for practitioners that are needed within the first 12 months of initial accreditation.

Your NOVA Membership May Have Expired on December 31. RENEW NOW!

For those 60% of NOVA members whose membership expires at the end of the year, this is a friendly reminder that your membership have expired on December 31, 2017 and your grace period will end in several days. Thank you for being a valued member and thank you for your support of NOVA over the past year.

If your membership expired at the end of the year, you should have already received several dues notices via email. If you are unsure when your membership expires, log in to your user profile and click "Manage My Profile." Your membership expiration date will be listed at the top of the page. If your membership is set to expire at the end of the year, you'll see an expiration date of January 1, 2018.

To renew your membership now, you can do so online or via our hard copy forms which you can then email, fax or mail to NOVA Staff. To renew online, click HERE. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your NOVA Membership, please contact Meghan Dunham at the NOVA Office.

Save the Date for Future NOVA Conferences!

Fall Conference 2018
Washington, DC - October 18-20, 2018
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill

Spring Conference 2019
Nashville, TN - March 21-23, 2019
Hotel: Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown

Fall Conference 2019
Portland, OR - September 12-14, 2019
Hotel: Hilton Portland Downtown