October 13, 2020
Job Title: Director of Litigation
Position Type: Full-time
Background: The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) is a national, nonprofit public interest law firm founded in 1981 and based in Washington, D.C. Our mission is to help ensure that the government delivers to our nation’s 22 million veterans and active duty personnel the benefits to which they are entitled, especially benefits for disabilities resulted from military service. To this end, NVLSP’s staff of 32 attorneys and volunteer attorneys participating in NVLSP’s national pro bono program provide free legal representation each year to more than 1,000 individuals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, other federal courts, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, VA regional offices, and military review boards. Throughout its history, NVLSP has brought class actions and other impact litigation against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the military departments that has resulted in payment of more than $5.2 billion in benefits and health care to more than 100,000 veterans and their survivors.
NVLSP’s training and publications department focuses on increasing the pool of effective advocates for veterans and their families by annually training hundreds of lawyer and non-lawyer advocates in veterans law through webinars and publishing advocacy materials, including the Veterans Benefits Manual, an annually-revised, 2,200-page veterans’ law treatise published by LexisNexis.
NVLSP’s Litigation Docket: NVLSP staff attorneys file approximately 600 individual appeals each year with the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC), an Article I appellate court, which reviews decisions of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals that deny a VA benefits claim. A small percentage of these cases are furthered appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Each year, NVLSP attorneys also serve as co-counsel with pro bono attorneys from major private law firms in lawsuits filed in the U.S. district courts or the U.S. Court of Federal Claims challenging the denial of military disability benefits.
Among the foregoing cases are class actions and law reform cases involving VA or military benefits issues. In addition, NVLSP regularly files amicus curiae briefs in federal court cases that will have a significant impact on veterans and their families.
Responsibilities: NVLSP seeks a full-time attorney to serve as Director of Litigation. The Director of Litigation will supervise all individual lawsuits brought by NVLSP in U.S. district courts and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and all of NVLSP’s class actions and other law reform cases. In addition, the Director of Litigation will assist NVLSP’s Director of CAVC Litigation in major cases being litigated at the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
Qualifications and Experience: Attorney in good standing and admitted to practice law in any state who has a minimum of 8 years of federal court civil on litigation experience, including experience in supervising other litigation attorneys. Expertise in appellate litigation is especially important, as NVLSP’s cases typically seek judicial review of agency action under APA-like standards. Excellent research, legal analysis, and writing skills.
Experience in litigating class actions, law reform cases or appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims is very helpful, but not required.
Salary and Benefits: The annual salary is from $160,000 to $205,000, depending on experience. NVLSP has a generous benefits program, with health and pension benefits provided at no cost to the employee.
Opening/Closing Date: Available immediately; closes when filled.
Applications: A resume, a list of civil federal court cases in which the applicant has served as lead counsel or had a major role, a writing sample, and a list of three references should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line of Director of Litigation.
All applications will be reviewed in confidence.
NVLSP is an equal opportunity employer.