Wistow Wins CAVC Bar Association Writing Competition

Geoffrey Wistow, a third-year law student, recently won a writing competition scholarship from the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association.

The five students selected for this honor will receive a paid registration to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims 12th Judicial Conference to be held April 18 and 19 at the Grand Hyatt Washington, as well as free registration to the Bar Association's half-day component event which follows. The conference will include presentations from notable authorities in the field of Veterans Law.

The subject of Wistow's essay was the current problems facing the VA disability claims processing system, specifically focusing on problems caused by the disability rating system itself and how PTSD is both diagnosed and treated.

 "I found it striking that the current number of VA disability claims is expected to increase, adding to an already staggering backlog of cases and lengthening wait-times through out the system," Wistow comments. "The VA disability system recently became an important issue for my family, and after Professor Goldberg helped guide me to write a seminar paper on the subject last semester, I felt compelled to write another paper on the issue."

Wistow holds a BA in Economics from Gettysburg College. He will graduate from the law school  in May 2013.