This book seeks to assist practitioners representing veterans and other claimants who are appealing or wish to appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC). It addresses the basics of appeals to the CAVC, explores the jurisdiction of the court, and outlines the CAVC appellate process. Many practitioners either have not previously handled an appeal to the court or do so only infrequently. This book will help facilitate appeals to the court and perhaps increase the chances for appellate success.
Ronald Smith is of counsel in Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP's IP Specialists practice group. His practice focuses exclusively on pro bono veterans matters. Mr. Smith has prosecuted more than 400 veterans appeals in the federal courts, including before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Court and the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.