December 21, 2018
Job Title: Discharge Upgrade Staff Attorney
Position Type: Full Time
Background: The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) is a high-impact national veterans service organization based in Washington DC. Our mission is to ensure that the government delivers to our nation’s 22 million veterans and active duty personnel the benefits to which they are entitled due to the disabilities that resulted from their military service. NVLSP’s Lawyers Serving Warriors® (“LSW”) program provides free legal representation, through a nationwide pro bono network of private law firms and corporate legal departments, to disabled active duty personnel and veterans and their families. LSW has assisted more than 2,000 disabled veterans through its pro bono network.
Responsibilities: NVLSP seeks a full-time staff attorney to handle discharge upgrade cases. LSW’s discharge upgrade program helps veterans apply to upgrade their characterization of service from “Other Than Honorable” (OTH) to a more favorable characterization such as Honorable. The discharge upgrade may help veterans receive VA benefits and health care, improve employment opportunities, and restore reputation and self-esteem. The majority of the clients served through this project have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injuries (TBI), or other mental health conditions that are related to military service.
The attorney will review veterans’ medical and personnel files to determine merit for pro bono placement, write screening memos for meritorious cases, train pro bono lawyers, mentor cases placed with pro bono law firms, and conduct outreach to veterans at clinics.
Qualifications and Experience: J.D.; excellent research and writing skills; experience with veterans law, disability law, sexual assault law, and/or military service appreciated.
Opening/Closing Date: Available immediately; closes when filled. NVLSP has a generous benefits program, with health and pension benefits provided.
Applications: A cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a list of three references should be e-mailed to Rochelle Bobroff, Director of Pro Bono, at email@example.com.
All applications will be reviewed in confidence.
NVLSP is an equal opportunity employer.