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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is the second largest cabinet department and has one of the most diverse, challenging, and rewarding missions in the United States Government. VA strives to meet the needs of America's Veterans and their families in a responsive, timely and compassionate manner in recognition of their service to the nation. The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are”, our culture and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).
Announcement Number: BVA-15-02
Area of Consideration: All US Citizens and Current Federal Employees
Position Title/Series/Grade: Attorney-Advisor, GS-905-11
Salary: $63,772.00 – $82,840.00
Number of Positions Many
Promotion Potential: GS 14
Duty Station: Washington, DC
Contact Information: SueAnn B. Jennings (202) 632-5172
Opening Date: April 6, 2015 Closing Date: April 24, 2015
LOCATION: Board of Veterans’ Appeals
NOTE: This position is in the Excepted Service. This position offers health, life and retirement benefits. The Department provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The incumbent serves as an Attorney-Advisor (Veteran) for the Board of Veterans' Appeals (BVA). The jurisdiction of BVA extends to all questions of law and fact under laws that affect the provision of benefits by the Secretary to Veterans or their dependents or survivors. The incumbent must be able to demonstrate Veteran law experience or interest in said; an ability to handle all types of appeals; and, strong writing skills as demonstrated by judicial clerkships, Law Journals, Moot Court, or other similar writing experience.
The duties of the position are as follows:
- Review and evaluate evidence in claims folder.
- Prepare tentative appellate decisions in written form.
- Apply the laws administered by the VA to the facts in the individual cases.
- Conduct research on legal and medical questions encountered in case review.
- Draft legal briefs outlining the facts at issue and provide recommendations for appropriate action.
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.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES and OTHER CHARACTERISTICS:
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.
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, the following documents must be submitted:
- Writing Sample
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN LAW SCHOOL
MICHIGAN CLINICAL LAW FELLOW OPENING:
VETERANS LEGAL CLINIC
The University of Michigan Law Clinical Fellows Program seeks applicants for a fellowship in its new “full-service” Veterans Legal Clinic. This is a two year appointment with a contemplated extension for a third year.
The Clinical Fellows Program is designed to allow attorneys to explore the possibility of a career in clinical teaching and fully support them in that endeavor. Michigan Clinical Fellows gain valuable experience and mentoring in clinical pedagogy and in their substantive area of practice. Their duties include clinical teaching and student supervision in conjunction with a clinic director, and participation in the operation and development of the clinic in which they teach. Support is provided for professional development and scholarship.
The Veterans Legal Clinic will handle legal matters for veterans and, in some instances, their immediate families. The Clinic was designed and funded based on a holistic approach to veterans’ legal and social needs. Students will represent veterans in a wide array of civil matters in addition to the more service related ones (e.g., disability benefits and discharge status challenges). In the inaugural fall 2015 semester we will focus on crafting the curriculum, strengthening relationships with other veterans service organizations, growing our referral base, and providing representation to clients.
The successful applicant will have a minimum of 3 years experience in civil litigation, a strong interest in clinical teaching, a demonstrated commitment to public interest lawyering, and potential for scholarship and success as a clinical teacher. Experience with the veterans community and/or issues is a plus. Candidates must hold a J.D. degree and be eligible for licensure in Michigan. Michigan’s Clinical Fellows salaries and benefits are very competitive. The fellowship begins on a date to be determined sometime mid to late summer 2015.
Questions can be directed to Associate Dean David Santacroce at email@example.com or 734-763-4319. We will begin reviewing applications on April 24th and will accept them until the position is filled. Applicants should send a letter of interest and résumé to:
John W. Lemmer
Experiential Education Business Administrator
The University of Michigan Law School
701 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity employer.
Attorney - Health Advocates
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. 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 to:
National Veterans Legal Services Program
1600 K Street, N.W., Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20006-2833
Attn: Amy Odom, Director of Litigation
All applications will be reviewed in confidence. Questions may be directed to Amy Odom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NVLSP is an equal opportunity employer.
Veterans Benefit Specialist
VetsFirst, a program of United Spinal Association, has an open position for a Veterans Benefits Specialist. The position may be located in either our Washington, DC or Philadelphia, PA offices.
For more information, please see: VetsFirst Veterans Benefits Specialist Job Announcement
Syracuse College of Law will be seeking applications for the clinical director's position for our new veterans’ legal clinic in the months to come. Find out more about the VLC.
Law Office of Sharmine Persaud
Farmingdale, New York
Law Practice focus areas: Social Security Disability, NYS Workers’ Compensation and Service Connected Disabled Veterans’ Benefits
For more information and how to apply, click here.
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