NOVA News & Notes – October 5, 2017

NOVA News & Notes

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Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Issues Order Regarding Effect of Hurricane Maria on Postal Service

This week, the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims issued the following order:

"The devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico has required the United States Postal Service (USPS) to suspend some mail services in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This emergency measure by the USPS potentially will delay filing of new appeals or pleadings in cases pending at the Court for self-represented appellants and legal representatives located within Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as actions by the Secretary where necessary records are located in those locales. Accordingly, it is

ORDERED that, in cases originating in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the deadline for filing any document (e.g., case-opening documents, briefs) due to be filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims between September 18 and October 31, 2017, is automatically extended to November 1, 2017. The Court will re-evaluate at the end of October 2017 whether an additional automatic extension of case-filing deadlines in this Court is necessary.”  To view it on the Court’s website, please click HERE.


NOVA Fall Conference Materials Now Available For Download 

NOVA is using Citrix ShareFile to distribute conference materials. You should have received a few notification emails last week that NOVA shared a folder with you, containing the conference materials for the days which you are registered. These email also contained instructions for downloading your NOVA Conference materials.

If you have registered for NOVA's Fall Conference and did not receive this email, please contact us at your earliest convenience by clicking HERE or calling the NOVA offices at 202-587-5708.


THERE IS STILL TIME to 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 deadline to book a room at TradeWinds Island Resort with the special NOVA Rate has passed. Please call the hotel at 1-800-808-9833 for availability or check out the many hotels in the area.

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


NOVA is Pleased to Announce Guest Speakers for Fall Conference in St. Pete Beach 

NOVA is pleased to introduce its guest speakers for the upcoming fall conference, which will take place on October 12-14, 2017 at the TradeWinds Island Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida.  Chief Judge Robert Davis, of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC), will return to the conference for our session on the CAVC.  He will be joined by one of the court’s newest judges, Judge Michael P. Allen, who was commissioned on August 9, 2017.

NOVA is also pleased to announce that four VA representatives will join moderator Robert Chisholm for a session on the Role of the Attorney Fee Coordinator and Fee Disputes.  Robert will be joined by Christa Shriber, Deputy Chief Counsel, VA Accreditation Program, Office of the General Counsel; Allison Zmetra, Program Analyst, VBA; John Lorenzani, Head Attorney Fee Coordinator (AFC)/Super Senior Veterans Service Representative (SSVSR), Roanoke VA Regional Office; and Emmett Willis, Jr., AFC/SSVSR, Nashville VA Regional Office.  Please join us in welcoming them to the conference!

NOVA is Pleased to Announce Exhibitors for Fall Conference in St. Pete Beach 

NOVA is pleased to welcome a stellar lineup of exhibitors to our 2017 Fall Conference at the TradeWinds Island Resort in St. Pete Beach, FL. We appreciate the support of these companies and hope you will take some time to visit their exhibits:

Attorney Consultant Inc/Disability Law Marketing

The Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association


Mednick Associates

Leading Response


Osen LLC

Prevail Case Management Systems

Vargas Vocational Consulting

For more information on our exhibitors, please click HERE.

NOVA Welcomes New and Returning Members for September 2017!

NOVA would like to welcome the following members to the NOVA community.  We look forward to meeting you and working with you to help better serve our nations’ veterans:

Nathan Pohl - Disabled Veterans Group, Inc.; Placerville, CA
John Heard - Heard & Smith, L.L.P.; San Antonio, TX
Kayla Vance - Halpern Olivares PLLC; Olympia, WA
Blake Hampton - Hampton Law, PLLC; Fort Myers, FL
Ashton Habighurst - Bergmann & Moore, LLC; Washington, DC
Kathleen Flynn - Law Offices of Kathleen Flynn; Decatur, GA
Stephen Yurik – Lane Alton; Hilliard, OH
Paul Kennedy – Kennedy Law Firm; Roswell, GA