In a bold strike, with an Extraordinary Writ, no less, Robert Chisholm and his Merry Band in Sherwood Forest, Rhode Island have won a dandy victory for all of us at the National Organization of Veterans Attorneys (NOVA). We all have employees who we affectionately refer to as Our Girl Friday who we need to delegate authority to. Now we can allow them to view Veterans’ files remotely without having to be a registered attorney or nonattorney practitioner.
Imagine how that lightens Bob Chisholm’s load. Much like a Veterans Law Judge, everyone of us who can afford it, hires staff attorneys or paralegals to help triage the paperwork. In a firm the size of Chisholm, Chisholm & Kirkpatrick, I’m sure the principals have two or three each. CC&K does all the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) losses from the BVA to the CAVC. I imagine they do a land office business trying to repair about eight years of legal disasters. Well, that’s why there’s NOVA. Eventually someone comes along and tells you about that Philippine Guerrilla Fighter Veteran in Manila named Mario Caluza and his epic battle with Jesse Brown.
Congratulations on winning (partially) an Extraordinary Writ forcing Call me Bob to allow us more access to the one document (claims file) that we can actually use to win with. What’s with all this Secret Squirrel crap? You need the magic password to view it but no one else can? Spare me. VA loses more computers and wastes more money every year endangering Veterans information than a handful of inept CC&K paralegals will ever accomplish in a twenty year career. Gals like Heather and Shawn up at LawBob Squarepants’ law offices have more of an idea of COMSEC than a twenty year DRO ever will.
Here’s the decision. Lots of fun reading. CCK 5, VA 0. Again.