January 29, 2020
Job Title: Staff Attorney (BVA Unit)
Position Type: Full-time
Background: The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) is a high-impact, national nonprofit public interest law firm based in Washington, D.C. Established in 1981, 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 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 including the nation’s first treatise on veterans law, The Veterans Benefits Manual, the annually-revised, 2,200-page veterans’ law treatise published by LexisNexis.
Responsibilities: NVLSP seeks a full-time attorney to serve as counsel in representing veterans before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA) in Washington, D.C., and advocate on behalf of veterans. The attorney’s responsibilities will include:
• Reviewing case documents, conducting legal research, and writing informal briefs for submission to the BVA.
• Representing VA claimants at hearings before Veterans Law Judges at the BVA and, if necessary, preparing additional written submission in support of their claim.
• Responding to written and telephone inquiries from clients and performing administrative tasks necessary for the efficient functioning of the office at the BVA.
• Working with BVA staff to effectively represent clients.
Qualifications and Experience: Attorney in good standing and admitted to practice law in any state; excellent research, legal analysis, oral advocacy, and writing skills; and strong academic background. Experience in veterans law required (1 to 3 years 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, list of three professional references, and salary requirements should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line of Attorney (BVA Unit).
All applications will be reviewed in confidence. NVLSP is an equal opportunity employer