July 15, 2020
Job Title: Fellowship
Position Type: Full Time, Two Years
Practice Areas: Human Rights, Non-Profit, Veterans
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 engages in individual representation as well as class action advocacy. 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 including the nation's first veterans law treatise, the Veterans Benefits Manual. NVLSP annually updates the 2,200- page Veterans Benefits Manual.
NVLSP operates a pro bono program that provides free legal representation, through a nationwide network of private law firms and corporate legal departments, to disabled active duty personnel and veterans and their families. NVLSP has assisted thousands of disabled veterans through its pro bono network.
NVLSP seeks an applicant to sponsor for a 2021 Equal Justice Works (EJW) Fellowship and/or Skadden Fellowship. Previous NVLSP EJW fellows have focused on assisting survivors of military sexual trauma, filing mandamus petitions in cases unduly delayed at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, and developing a national medical legal partnership to assist veterans seeking VA benefits, medical retirement or discharge upgrades.
The fellowship is targeted to candidates who are law students entering their third year or recent graduates completing a judicial clerkship in the summer of 2021. The fellowship would start in the fall of 2021 and continue for two years. Experienced NVLSP veterans’ benefits attorneys will work closely with the fellow, providing guidance and support. Possible topics for the fellowship would include research, outreach and casework assisting veterans who were the victims of racial disparity and discrimination at all levels of the military justice system including court-martials, administrative separations, and possibly disability processing. The fellow would assist veterans of color with improving their discharge status so that they can receive greater resources and employment opportunities.
The proposal must be submitted by mid-September, 2020. We encourage immediate submission of applications to NVLSP.
Applications: To apply, send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of three references to Paul Wright, Deputy Executive Director, Via e-mail: PaulW@nvlsp.org
If accepted by EJW or Skadden, the funding would be in accordance with their respective programs. Frequently asked questions regarding the fellowships can be accessed at http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/ and https://www.skaddenfellowships.org/.