New ABA Book Helps Lawyers Representing Veterans Navigate VA Court

CHICAGO, April 25, 2013 — Lawyers, whether new to handling appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims or seasoned practitioners, will find an invaluable tool in the book Veterans Appeals Guidebook: Representing Veterans in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Five attorneys from the law firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP joined the _ to publish this book, which is extremely timely and relevant given the influx of veterans returning home from war and the constant flood of stories in the news about veterans issues.

Christopher Clay, general counsel of the Disabled American Veterans, observed: “I have read much of the literature on this subject, including the guidance published by some other institutions. The Finnegan book beats them all. … It is a gem. In addition to being readable and useful, the book’s simplicity is evidence of the fact that the contributors have achieved mastery of the subject matter.”

Veterans Appeals Guidebook assists lawyers representing veterans and other claimants who are pursuing appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. The book addresses the basics of appeals to the CAVC, explores the jurisdiction of the court and outlines the CAVC appellate process. The book will help facilitate appeals to the court and might even increase the chances for appellate success.

About the Authors

Ronald Smith, editor of the guidebook, is counsel for Finnegan’s Veterans’ Pro Bono Program and a counsel in its Intellectual Property Specialties Practice Group. Smith has prosecuted more than 400 veterans’ appeals in the federal courts, including before the CAVC and the Federal Circuit. The co-authors are Anita Bhushan, Elizabeth D. Ferrill, Stephen L. Hennessy and Maureen D. Queler, all active in Finnegan’s Veterans’ Pro Bono Program, which serves disabled U.S. military veterans, their dependents and their survivors.

Title: Veterans Appeals Guidebook: Representing Veterans in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
Pages: 126
Product Code:
:               978-1-61438-960-6
800-285-2221 or ambar.org/veteransappeal

Editor’s note: Review copies are available by sending an email to Laura Vecchia at . If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Laura Vecchia, _, Book Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

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