At its recent Thirteenth Judicial Conference, the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (Court) honored NOVA leader and Court practitioner Robert V. Chisholm with the Hart T. Mankin Award. The Court bestows this award from “time to time” on “a person or group of persons outside the Court whose service to the Court has been outstanding.” The Hart T. Mankin Award has had only nine prior recipients since its inception in 1994; NOVA received the award in 2000.
The CAVC recognized Robert for “his 25 years of outstanding service to the Court; his unlimited willingness to participate in Court conferences and present on a variety of veterans law panels; his energetic service as a founding member, second President, and avid long-term supporter of the CAVC Bar Association; and his continuous support and mentorship of others in the field through veterans law outreach and education efforts and the work of his law firm.”
A mainstay presenter at NOVA conferences, Robert is a partner at Chisholm Chisholm & Kirkpatrick, which specializes in veterans’ law. He served as NOVA’s president from 1999 to 2005. His work on behalf of NOVA resulted in the amendment of 38 U.S.C. § 5904, which permits veterans to hire an attorney after the notice of disagreement is filed. He was the first recipient of NOVA’s Kenneth Carpenter Achievement Award for Excellence.
Robert graduated magna cum laude from Boston College and the Boston University School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review. He is admitted to practice in numerous courts and jurisdictions, to include the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
Please join NOVA in congratulating Robert on this well-deserved award!