NE MCLE Accreditation • 3 CLE / 1 ethic hour
Regular/live #167234 • Distance learning #167233
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$195 Regular registration
$150 NSBA dues-paying member
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This CLE program will comply with 38 C.F. R. § 14.629(b)(1)(iii) requiring newly accredited VA practitioners to complete a three-hour continuing legal education within 12 months of initial accreditation and will also comply with § 14.629(b)(1)(iv) requirements to maintain accreditation. In sum, this program will discuss practicing before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims.
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Practicing Before the BVA and the CAVC
This section will introduce attendees to practicing before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA) and the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) and also offer basic discussion
about appeals to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC). It will also introduce the governing rules of practice and the differing brief styles between all three tribunals.
2:00 pm - 2:10 pm BREAK
2:10 pm - 3:10 pm Challenges in Appeals to the BVA, CAVC and CAFC
This section will discuss the substantive challenges in appealing to the BVA, CAVC, and the CAFC and will include how to spot and preserve issues on appeal (both factual and legal
errors). Presenters will offer tips on reviewing the record and raising the issue of missing records to the relevant tribunal as well as offering examples of common errors found in many records on appeal.
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm Ethical Issues in the Representation of Veterans
This section will cover the Rules of Practice before the BVA and CAVC and examples of the tribunals’ past responses to ethical breaches, including discussing statutory provisions in 38
U.S.C. Chapter 59 and regulatory guidance in 38 CFR Parts 1, 14 and 20 that ensure claimants or benefits have responsible qualified representation in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for veterans’ benefits.