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United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

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Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
Federal Circuit
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Judges: 9
Posts: 7
Vacancies: 0
Active judges
Chief: Bruce Kasold
Senior Judges
 
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%

The United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims is the federal court that hears appeals from the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA), an administrative board that itself hears appeals from the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). 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 was temporarily expanded on December 31, 2009, to nine judicial posts. This extension ended on January 1, 2013, and new appointments will not be made until the court drops below seven active judges.[2]

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 green There are no vacancies on the court.

Pending nominations

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


Active judges

Sitting judges

All judges are nominated to posts for 15 years.

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge Mary SchoelenRota, SpainW. Bush 12/2004-PresentUniversity of California, Irvine, 1990George Washington University Law, 1993
Judge Robert N. DavisW. Bush 12/4/2004-PresentUniversity of Hartford, 1975Georgetown University Law School, 1978
Judge Alan Lance, Sr.McComb, OHW. Bush 12/2004-PresentSouth Dakota State University, 1971University of Toledo Law, 1973
Judge William MoormanChicago, ILW. Bush 11/20/2004-PresentUniversity of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 1967University of Illinois Law, 1970
Judge Lawrence HagelWashington, INW. Bush 12/2003-PresentU.S. Naval AcademyUniversity of the Pacific Law
Chief Judge Bruce KasoldW. Bush 12/31/2003-Present2010-PresentUnited States Military AcademyUniversity of Florida Law
Judge William GreenbergObama 12/28/2012-PresentJohns Hopkins University, 1964Rutgers University Law, 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


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Frank NebekerH.W. Bush 10/1989-11/200011/2000-PresentUniversity of UtahAmerican University Law School
Senior Judge Ronald HoldawayH.W. Bush 1990-11/200211/2002-PresentUniversity of Wyoming, 1957University of Wyoming Law, 1959
Senior Judge Kenneth KramerH.W. Bush 1989-9/14/20042000-20049/14/2004-PresentUniversity of Illinois, Champaign, 1963Harvard Law Scchool, 1966
Senior Judge Donald IversH.W. Bush 8/6/1990-8/20058/2005-PresentUniversity of New MexicoAmerican University
Senior Judge William Greene, Jr.Clinton 11/7/1997-20102005-201011/2010-PresentWest Virginia State College, 1965Howard University Law, 1968


Jurisdiction

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

Notable decisions

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

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 designation.[3]

Judicial posts

The court has seven judicial posts, with each post being appointed for fifteen years.[3] The court was temporarily expanded to nine judicial posts on December 31, 2009. This extension ended on January 1, 2013, and new appointments will not be made until the court drops below seven active judges.[2]

Former judges

For more information about the judges of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, see former federal judges of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Federal courthouse

The court is located in Washington D.C.

See also

External links

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