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Background:  The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) is a national nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to assisting veterans, service members, and their families receive the federal benefits to which they are entitled.  To this end, NVLSP represents veterans and surviving family members before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) and other federal courts, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, and VA regional offices.  NVLSP often serves as amicus or lead counsel in impact litigation throughout the United States.  In addition, NVLSP trains hundreds of other lawyer and non-lawyer advocates in veterans/military law and publishes advocacy materials to assist these advocates in their representation of veterans, service members, and their families.  Among NVLSP’s advocacy publications is THE VETERANS BENEFITS MANUAL, a 1,900-page veterans law treatise published by LexisNexis.  The following position is currently available:

Position:  Litigation Staff Attorney

Responsibilities:  The major responsibility is representing veterans and their families before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, an Article I appellate court.  This responsibility will entail conducting legal research, drafting legal briefs, and possibly conducting oral argument.  Other duties involve training and mentoring of veterans’ advocates and writing legal advocacy materials.

Qualifications and Experience:  J.D.; experience practicing before the VA Regional Offices, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, and/or the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims; excellent research and writing skills; and strong academic background.  Experience in veterans law is required.

Opening/Closing Date:  Available immediately; closes when filled.  NVLSP has a generous benefits program, with health and pension benefits provided.

Applications:  A resume, writing sample, and a list of references should be e-mailed to:

National Veterans Legal Services Program
1600 K Street, N.W., Suite 500
Washington, D.C.  20006-2833
Attn: Amy Odom, Director of Litigation

All applications will be reviewed in confidence.  Questions may be directed to Amy Odom at amy@nvlsp.org.

NVLSP is an equal opportunity employer.

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