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April 3, 2019

Job Title:  Staff Attorney

Position Type: Full Time

Practice Areas: Human Rights, Non-Profit, Veterans

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: The major responsibility is representing veterans and their families who are class members in the lawsuit Nehmer v. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This responsibility will entail locating, with the help of private investigators, beneficiaries of veterans who are owed benefits as a result of the Nehmer court orders, communicating with class members and their families about the benefits to which they are entitled under the Nehmer court orders, reviewing VA decisional documents to determine if the agency committed errors in violation of the applicable court orders and other relevant statutes and regulations, and preparing letters and complaints to the VA requesting that the agency correct the errors that it committed.

Qualifications and Experience:  The ideal applicant will be a recent J.D. graduate who is an active member of the bar of any state, the District of Columbia, or U.S. territory.  While knowledge of veterans benefits law is not required, the applicant should demonstrate a passion for public service, and an ability to (1) work on a small, close-knit team, (2) learn new areas of law quickly, (3) adapt to changing work priorities and deadlines, (4) apply close attention to detail when reviewing documents and (5) provide legal advice to clients of varying backgrounds through phone, mail, and/or email.

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 cover letter, resume, and a list of three references should be e-mailed to Alie Venuti, Project Manager/Staff Attorney, at alie@nvlsp.org.

All applications will be reviewed in confidence. 

NVLSP is an equal opportunity employer.

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