May 13, 2019
Job Title: Appellate Attorney
Position Type: Full-time
Background: The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) is a national nonprofit veterans service organization based in Washington DC. Established in 1981, NVLSP's 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. To this end, NVLSP and its attorneys provide free legal representation to 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. NVLSP’s impact litigation alone has resulted in payment of more than $5.2 billion in benefits to more than 100,000 veterans and their survivors. 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. NVLSP wrote the book on veterans law, The Veterans Benefits Manual, the nation's first veterans law treatise.
Responsibilities: NVLSP seeks a full-time appellate attorney to serve as lead counsel in representing appellants on appeals filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, an Article I appellate court.
- The attorney is responsible for reviewing the administrative record, conducting legal research, drafting legal memoranda and briefs, and conducting oral argument. Other responsibilities will include screening cases for appeal, and mentoring other attorneys who represent appellants before the court.
Qualifications and Experience: Attorney in good standing and admitted to practice law in any state; excellent research, legal analysis, and writing skills; and strong academic background. A minimum of 2 years of experience in veterans’ law is strongly preferred.
Opening/Closing Date: Available immediately; closes when filled.
Salary and Benefits: NVLSP offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a generous benefits program, with health insurance provided at no cost to employee. A retirement plan is also offered.
Applications: A resume, writing sample, salary requirements, and a list of three references should be e-mailed to email@example.com with the subject line of Appellate Attorney (CAVC).
All applications will be reviewed in confidence.
NVLSP is an equal opportunity employer.