This year’s National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates (NOVA) spring conference was held in San Antonio, Texas from April 20-22. Several CCK team members presented at the conference:
Jonathan Greene, Managing Attorney of the Veterans Law Agency Practice Group
Jonathan Greene shared his insights with other practitioners on how to develop evidence necessary to win VA disability claims. He explained that while VA has a duty to assist, you should develop cases on your own in order to ensure evidence is complete, accurate, and obtained in an efficient manner. Attorney Greene stressed the use of independent medical and vocational experts to provide positive opinions and to challenge the (oftentimes negative) findings of VA’s compensation and pension examiners.
Michelle Detore, Claims Advocate Supervisor
Michelle shared insight on the accreditation process for non-attorney individuals looking to become accredited practitioners before the Department of Veterans Affairs. The presentation discussed who could become accredited, the steps of the application process, as well as VA’s claim agent examination. She provided attendees with helpful studying tips and a practice examination.
Zachary Stolz, Partner
Zachary Stolz had a panel discussion with Chief Judge Robert N. Davis of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. He and the Chief Judge discussed topics ranging from staffing at the Court to the decision-making process. Chief Judge Davis shared with Zach and with all NOVA attendees many of the challenges facing the Court and provided conference attendees with practical tips for representing their clients and advancing successful arguments in Court.
Additionally, Zach lectured on the status of the current law with respect to access to the VA electronic records system. He gave both legal updates and practical advice on navigating VA’s records system on behalf of veteran clients.
Robert Chisholm, Founding Partner
Robert served on a panel with three legal clinical professors to discuss how legal clinics serve the veteran population communities. He discussed CCK’s partnership with Harvard Law School’s Legal Service Center’s Veterans Legal Clinic as well as CCK’s partnership with the Roger Williams Law School’s Veterans Disability Appeals Field Clinic.