Court - The Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association was created to improve and facilitate the administration of justice in the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Veterans - The Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association was created to improve and facilitate the administration of justice in the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Veterans - The Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association was created to improve and facilitate the administration of justice in the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Veterans - The Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association was created to improve and facilitate the administration of justice in the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

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Veterans - The Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association was created to improve and facilitate the administration of justice in the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Veterans - The Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association was created to improve and facilitate the administration of justice in the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Current Vacancies

As part of the Bar Association’s continuing efforts to provide resources to our members (to include student members), we will also be posting student job announcements on this page.

VETERANS LAW LITIGATION ATTORNEY

Background: The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) is a national nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to assisting veterans, service members, and their families receive the federal benefits to which they are entitled. To this end, NVLSP represents 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. 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. Among NVLSP’s advocacy publications is THE VETERANS BENEFITS MANUAL, a 1,900-page veterans’ law treatise published by LexisNexis. The following position is currently available:

Position: Litigation Staff Attorney

Responsibilities: The major responsibility is representing veterans and their families before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, an Article I appellate court. This responsibility will entail conducting legal research, drafting legal briefs, and possibly conducting oral argument. Other duties involve training and mentoring of veterans’ advocates and writing legal advocacy materials.

Qualifications and Experience: J.D.; excellent research and writing skills; and strong academic background. Litigation, public interest, administrative law, or law school clinical experience would be helpful. Experience in veterans’ law, although not required, is preferred.

Opening/Closing Date: Available immediately; closes when filled. Class of 2014 graduates will be considered. Salary is dependent on experience. NVLSP has a generous benefits program, with health and pension benefits provided.

Applications: A resume, writing sample, and a list of references should be e-mailed, faxed (202-328-0063), or mailed to:

National Veterans Legal Services Program
1600 K Street, N.W., Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20006-2833
Attn: Amy Odom, Director of Litigation
amy@nvlsp.org

All applications will be reviewed in confidence. Questions may be directed to Amy Odom at amy@nvlsp.org.

NVLSP is an equal opportunity employer.


YALE LAW SCHOOL ROBERT M. COVER FELLOWSHIP
VETERANS LEGAL SERVICES CLINIC

Yale Law School seeks applications for a Robert M. Cover Fellowship in Public Interest Law, a two-year position beginning on or about July 1, 2014 in the Yale Law School clinical program. The Fellowship is designed for a lawyer with at least two years of practice who is considering a career in law school clinical teaching. The 2014-2016 Fellow will work with the Veterans Legal Services Clinic (“VLSC”). Prior experience in veterans’ law, disability law, or civil rights law is preferred by not required.

VLSC is a semester-long, in-house clinic offered in both fall and spring semesters, with a substantial number of continuing students who have completed the seminar but remain enrolled in the clinic to handle ongoing or new cases. The clinic focuses on representation of the more marginalized veterans populations, including women, veterans of color, recently returned veterans, and immigrant and LGBT veterans, but its docket is not limited to any particular class of veteran. Students represent individual veterans and veterans’ organizations in litigation concerning U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) benefits, record correction and discharge upgrade applications, Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) requests, civil rights matters, deportation defense, federal habeas corpus petitions, and class-action litigation; state legislative and regulatory advocacy; media advocacy; strategic planning; and other non-litigation matters. For more information on the clinic, see http://www.law.yale.edu/academics/veteranslegalservicesclinic.htm.

Illustrative cases include representation of Vietnam veterans with PTSD and other-than-honorable discharges in a proposed nation-wide class action; a former cadet raped while attending West Point in federal civil rights litigation; individual veterans who survived rape or sexual assault in their applications for VA benefits; veterans illegally discharged for an alleged personality or adjustment disorder in record correction applications to administrative boards and on review in federal court; veterans organizations in FOIA litigation; a disabled Navy veteran denied spousal benefits for her same-sex partner; veterans facing deportation or seeking to return to their families after removal; and local veterans organizations in state legislative campaigns to expand veteran access to pre-trial diversionary programs and to reform occupational and professional licensing procedures more fully to credit military training and experience.

The Fellow’s responsibilities include representing clients, supervising students, assisting in teaching classes, and working on one’s own scholarship. Candidates must be prepared to apply for admission to the Connecticut bar. (Pursuant to a pending state bar admission amendment, candidates may qualify for admission without examination.) All work will be conducted with the support of the clinical faculty, and will focus on providing legal assistance to low-income and civil rights clients and organizations. The principal supervisor will be Professor Michael Wishnie.

Candidates must be able to work both independently and as part of a team, and must possess strong written and oral communication skills. Experience in creative and community-driven advocacy is a strong plus. Annual salary is $63,000. Fellows receive health benefits and access to university facilities.

To apply: Send (or email) a resume, cover letter, writing sample, law school transcript, and names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references by May 1, 2014 (early applications encouraged) to:

Kathryn Jannke, Office Manager
The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization
P.O. Box 209090, New Haven, CT 06520-9090

Telephone: (203) 432-4800; fax: (203) 432-1426
kathryn.jannke@yale.edu.

Yale Law School is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, Title IX employer

 

Director, Veterans and Servicemembers Rights Clinic, Touro Law Center. The Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center of Touro College is pleased to announce an opening for a full-time position as Visiting Director of the Veterans and Servicemembers Rights Clinic.

The position will start as soon as possible after an applicant is hired, to permit the Director to plan the Clinic's operation for Spring Semester 2014. The semester begins Monday, January 13, 2014. The position is a Visiting Clinical Faculty appointment on an initial renewable annual contract.

For more information click here.

 

VetsFirst, a program of United Spinal Association has an open position for a Director of Veterans Policy in its Washington, DC office. For more information click here.

House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs -- Summer and Fall Internship Opportunity
http://veterans.house.gov/SummerInternship

https://uscourts.cavc.gov/employment/job_opportunities/

http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/

This message is announcing solicitation for resumes for Attorney-Advisor (Veterans), GS-905-9 and GS-905-11 in the Office of Veteran Law Judges (OVLJ) at the Board of Veterans' Appeals. The following is a brief summary of the position and relative qualifications.
The incumbent:

  • Reviews and evaluates the evidence in claims folders.
  • Prepares tentative appellate decisions in written form for review and approval by a Veterans Law Judge.
  • Applies the laws administered by the VA to the facts in the individual cases.
  • Conducts research on legal and medical questions encountered in case review.
  • Drafts legal briefs outlining the facts at issue and containing recommendations for appropriate action.

GS-9: Must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-07 grade level or comparable pay band in the Federal service that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the work of this GS-09 Attorney Advisor. Examples of qualifying experience include: performing legal research; writing professional and legal documents; conducting complete and correct review of legal records; preparing initial drafts of legal findings.

GS-11: Must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-09 grade level or comparable pay band in the Federal service that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the work of this GS-11 Attorney Advisor. Examples of qualifying experience include: providing legal advice and services with respect to questions, regulations, practices, or other matters; preparing interpretative and administrative orders, rules, or regulations to give effect to the provisions of governing statutes or other requirements of law; drafting, negotiating, or examining legal documents; drafting, preparing formal comments, or otherwise making substantive recommendations with respect to proposed legislation; editing and preparing for publication statutes enacted by Congress and opinions or decisions of a court, commission, or board; and drafting and reviewing decisions for consideration and adoption by agency officials.

Applicants will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the resume review process for this position:

  • Outstanding legal writing skills.
  • Ability to conduct de novo review of appellant records and prepare tentative decisions.
  • Ability to research legal and/or medical related questions.
  • Ability to function as a team member.
  • Ability to work independently to meet production goals.

To apply, the following documents must be submitted:

  • Resume
  • Writing Samples
  • Current Bar Licensure
  • Law School Transcripts
  • If currently a federal employee, please supply a recent SF 50, “Notification of Personnel Action.”

The materials should be submitted to the following email: bvajobs@va.gov.
This solicitation / announcement opens March 28, 2013 and closes April 19, 2013. Please share this message with any prospective applicant that you believe may be interested.




Student Opportunites

Law Clerk Position

The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) is seeking a law clerk to work on a full-time basis (37.5 hours per week) during Summer 2013. This position may be paid or for academic credit, depending upon the successful applicant’s needs.

NVLSP is a nationally known nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to assisting veterans and their families. We represent veterans and national veterans organizations in federal court litigation involving rights to VA compensation for disabilities due to military service, train and teach advocates to provide representation to veterans and their families, and publish newsletters and self-help guides to provide practical advice to veterans’ advocates. In addition, NVLSP is involved in military discharge and disability issues, and is involved in several pro bono initiatives, including “Lawyers Serving Warriors,” an NVLSP project providing free legal help to service members and veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. NVLSP publishes The Veterans Benefits Manual, a comprehensive manual addressing all aspects of veterans benefits and the VA adjudication process, and The Veterans Advocate, a veterans law and advocacy journal.

Applicants for the law clerk position must have strong legal research and writing skills. Duties will include reviewing legal and medical records, conducting legal research, writing memoranda and performing other litigation support assignments. The law clerk will work primarily with our Litigation Division, which represents veterans and survivors in proceedings before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. The ideal candidate will be a second-year law student who is able to work on a part-time basis during the 2013-2014 academic year. First-year law students will be considered.

A resume, writing sample, and list of references should be e-mailed, faxed (202-328-0063), or mailed to:


National Veterans Legal Services Program
1600 K Street, N.W., Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20006-2833
Attn: Amy F. Odom
e-mail: amy_odom@nvlsp.org


The positions will remain open until filled. Questions may be directed to Amy F. Odom by
e-mail at amy_odom@nvlsp.org.

NVLSP is an equal opportunity employer.

 

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