Washington, D.C. – The National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) recognized the lifetime achievement of two of its longtime members – Sandra Booth and Barbara Cook – with induction into the NOVA Hall of Honor. Both attorneys accepted the honor at NOVA’s spring conference in San Antonio last month.
A national, nonprofit educational organization, NOVA provides specialized training for attorneys and accredited agents who assist military veterans with appeals for disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Hall of Honor commemorates NOVA members who have had a unique and lasting impact on the field of veterans law and whose careers exemplify NOVA’s tradition of excellent service to America’s veterans and their families.
Sandra Booth attended Ohio State University and Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio, where she graduated in 1978. She has been practicing before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims for over 25 years, and has been a NOVA member since 1993, also serving on NOVA’s Board of Directors. She was a sole practitioner until NOVA member Krista Weida joined her practice as an associate in 2016. She lives with her husband, Mike LeVan, in Columbus. Representing clients from all modern-day wars, back to and including World War II, she states there is “no more personally rewarding work” than veterans law.
Barbara Cook graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan School of Law in 1977. After law school, Barbara clerked for Federal District Judge Stewart Newblatt, E. D. Michigan and worked for the Legal Aid Society of Cincinnati.
Ms. Cook began representing veterans on their compensation and pension claims in 1990, while still with the Cincinnati Legal Aid Society. She founded a private practice in 1996, limited to the representation of veterans and their dependents. She is a member of the Court of Veterans Appeals Bar Association and has served as a member of its Board of Governors. A NOVA member since 1994, Barbara has served as a member of its Board of Directors and is the 2009 recipient of the Kenneth Carpenter Achievement Award for Excellence. She is currently a partner at the law firm of Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick.
Barbara and her husband, Michael Mooney (who is also an attorney and NOVA member), raised three sons and live in Cincinnati.