January 9, 2019
Job Title: Litigation Staff Attorney
Position Type: Full-time
Background: The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) is a national nonprofit public interest law firm founded in 1980 and recognized by the VA as a veterans service organization for purposes of representing VA claimants. NVLSP’s mission is to help ensure that veterans, service members, and their families receive the federal benefits to which they are entitled. To this end, NVLSP and its staff of 25 attorneys annually provide free legal representation to hundreds of veterans and surviving family members before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and other federal courts, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, VA regional offices, and military review boards. NVLSP often serves as amicus or lead counsel in impact litigation throughout the United States. In addition, NVLSP annually trains hundreds of lawyer and non-lawyer advocates in veterans law and publishes advocacy materials to assist advocates in their representation of veterans, service members, and their families. Among NVLSP’s advocacy publications is The Veterans Benefits Manual, the annually- revised, 2,200-page veterans’ law treatise published by LexisNexis.
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. NVLSP has a generous benefits program, with health and pension benefits provided.
Applications: A resume, writing sample, salary requirements, and a list of three references should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line of Appellate Attorney (CAVC).
All applications will be reviewed in confidence.
NVLSP is an equal opportunity employer.