January 01, 2014

Veterans Appeals Guidebook: Representing Veterans in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, edited by Ronald Smith

David Godfrey

ABA Publishing, March 2013

If you are representing a veteran on an appeal to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC), you need a copy of this book on your desk. The Department of Veterans Affairs receives about 900,000 claims for benefits each year and has a current backlog of about 600,000 claims. See Veterans Affairs, ABA, Legal Services Corp. Announce Program to Help with Veterans’ Disability Claims, ABA News Archives (Aug. 11, 2013), www.americanbar.org/news/abanews/aba-news-archives/2013/08/veterans_affairsab.html. The appeals process leads to the special federal court known as the CAVC in Washington, D.C. The unique rules, practices, and procedures of the CAVC are the focus of this book.

The book uses a systematic, step-by-step approach to explain how cases arrive at the CAVC and move through the court. The authors make generous use of example forms, sample pleadings, and practice tips. The tips reflect years of experience and are alone worth the price of the book. The focus of the book is laser-sharp on the rules, practice, and procedure in the CAVC.

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