United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

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Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
Federal Circuit
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Chief:Bruce KasoldJudges:9
Posts:7Vacancies:0
Active judges
HagelMoormanLanceDavisSchoelenPietschGreenbergBartley
Senior Judges
HoldawayIversKramerNebekerGreene
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Contents
1 Court
1.1 Vacancy warning level
1.2 Jurisdiction
1.2.1 Cases heard
1.2.2 Case load
1.3 Clerk's office
1.4 History
1.4.1 Court history
1.4.2 Judicial posts
1.4.3 Notable decisions
1.4.4 Federal courthouse
1.5 See also
1.6 External links
1.7 References
2 Judges


The United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims is the federal court that hears appeals from the Board of Veterans Appeals, an administrative board that itself hears appeals from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Decisions are appealed to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The court's seven judges are appointed by the President to fifteen year terms. The court's retired judges each have the option of being called back as senior judges if they are needed. In this case they are treated as senior judges and hold all power and authority that comes with that title.[1]

The court hears no new testimony, conducts no trials, and considers no new evidence. Instead, it considers the BVA decision, the administrative record that was before the DVA, and briefs of the parties before it.

Vacancy warning level

The United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims' vacancy warning level is currently set at green with no vacancies of the court's seven posts. There are no pending appointments.

Jurisdiction

The court has appellate jurisdiction over claims across the United States from the Board of Veterans Appeals.

Clerk's office

The United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims has one courthouse in the District of Columbia. The official clerk of court is Gregory O. Block. The Clerk's office is open Monday through Friday 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., excluding Federal holidays. The court can be contacted at (202) 501-5970 or uscavc@uscourts.cavc.gov. The official address is:

USCAVC
625 Indiana Avenue, NW, Suite 900,
Washington, D.C. 20004-2950
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History

Court history

Prior to the court, the only recourse for veterans' denied benefits was the Veterans Administration agency. After the Vietnam war, the abundance of veterans calling for benefits and the lack of judicial review caused public outcry and on November 18, 1988 resulted in the creation of the court under the Judicial Review Act. The creation of the court also opened the door for lawyers to represent clients for reasonable fees. The court is the sixth court with national jurisdiction founded by Congress. Originally entitled the United States Court of Veterans Appeals, the name was changed in 1999 to its current formulation.[3]

Judicial posts

The court has 7 judicial posts, with each post being appointed for 15 years.[3] The court was temporarily expanded on December 31, 2009 to 9 judicial posts. This extension ended on January 1, 2013, and new appointments will not be made until the court drops below 7 active judges.[4]

Notable decisions

You can find a list of decisions at U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims-Opinions and Decisions.

Federal courthouse

The court is located in Washington D.C.

See also

External links

References

Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
Federal Circuit
Fedbadgesmall.png
Chief:Bruce KasoldJudges:9
Posts:7Vacancies:0
Active judges
HagelMoormanLanceDavisSchoelenPietschGreenbergBartley
Senior Judges
HoldawayIversKramerNebekerGreene
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Contents
1 Court
2 Judges
2.1 Active Judges
2.1.1 Article III judges
2.1.2 Pending appointments
2.1.3 Senior judges
2.1.4 Special masters
2.2 Past judges
2.2.1 Former Chief judges
2.2.2 Former judges

Active judges

Sitting judges

All judges are nominated to posts for 15 years.

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge Mary SchoelenRota, SpainW. Bush 12/2004 - PresentU. of California, Irvine, B.A., 1990George Washington U. Law, J.D., 1993
Judge Robert N. DavisW. Bush 12/4/2004 - PresentU. of Hartford, 1975Georgetown U. Law, 1978
Judge Alan Lance, Sr.McComb, OHW. Bush 12/2004 - PresentSouth Dakota State U., 1971U. of Toledo Law, 1973
Judge William MoormanChicago, ILW. Bush 11/20/2004 - PresentU. of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, B.A., 1967U. of Illinois Law, J.D., 1970
Judge Lawrence HagelWashington, INW. Bush 12/2003 - PresentU.S. Naval AcademyU. of the Pacific Law
Chief Judge Bruce KasoldW. Bush 12/31/2003 - Present2010 - PresentUnited States Military Academy, B.S.U. of Florida Law, J.D.
Judge William GreenbergObama 12/28/2012 - PresentJohns Hopkins U., B.A., 1964Rutgers U. Law, J.D., 1967
Judge Coral W. PietschObama 6/2012-PresentCollege of St. TeresaCatholic University of America
Judge Margaret BartleyObama 6/2012-PresentPennsylvania State University, 1981American University Washington College of Law, 1993


Pending appointments

There are no current pending appointments for the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Frank NebekerH.W. Bush 10/1989 - 11/200011/2000 - PresentU. of UtahAmerican U. Law
Senior Judge Ronald HoldawayH.W. Bush 1990 - 11/200211/2002 - PresentU. of Wyoming, B.A., 1957U. of Wyoming Law, 1959
Senior Judge Kenneth KramerH.W. Bush 1989 - 9/14/2004200 - 20049/14/2004 - PresentU. of Illinois, Champaign, B.A., 1963Harvard Law, J.D., 1966
Senior Judge Donald IversH.W. Bush 8/6/1990 - 8/20058/2005 - PresentU. of New MexicoAmerican U.
Senior Judge William Greene, Jr.Clinton 11/7/1997 - 20102005 - 201011/2010-PresentWest Virginia State College, B.A., 1965Howard U. Law, J.D., 1968


Past judges

Former Chief judges

There are no current judges in this category. In order to qualify for the office of Chief Judge in one of the federal courts, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as Chief Judge. A vacancy in the office of Chief Judge is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The Chief Judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position. Unlike the Chief Justice of the United States, a Chief Judge returns to active service after the expiration of his or her term and does not create a vacancy on the bench by the fact of his or her promotion.[1][2]



Former judges


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