July 17, 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 high-impact 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 including the nation's first veterans law treatise, the Veterans Benefits Manual. NVLSP annually updates the 2,200- page Veterans Benefits Manual.
NVLSP is looking for a full-time staff attorney to handle cases at the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and mentor cases at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
For cases at the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, responsibilities will include conducting legal research, drafting legal arguments, and possibly conducting oral argument. Some cases will be placed with pro bono counsel, and the staff attorney would mentor those cases.
For cases at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, responsibilities will include screening cases that have been remanded by the Court and mentoring pro bono counsel on these cases.
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 and knowledge of Board procedures 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 the attention of Stacy Tromble, Director of Litigation, at email@example.com. The subject line should read: Staff Attorney.
All applications will be reviewed in confidence.
NVLSP is an equal opportunity employer.