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ProfileNational Staff Attorney (VSO Counsel) Duties: Provide legal support to Veterans Service Officers (VSOs) and veterans across the country by assisting our legal staff with veterans disability compensation claims and appeals. Advocate on behalf of veterans and their family members by representing clients in the prosecution of appeals across the nation before local regional offices (ROs), the Appeals Management Office (AMO), and the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA). Provide legal support and guidance to veterans and local VSOs across the country. Personally represent clients in the prosecution of appeals before local ROs, the AMO, and the BVA, including claims research and development, preparation and submission of appellate briefs, informal hearing presentations, and other substantive pleadings and motions. Personally represent veterans before Veterans Law Judges or Decision Review Officers in formal and informal hearings. Maintain communication with represented clients through mail, telephone, and/or email. Assist the Senior Managing Attorney with development, coordination, and execution of training classes at basic and advanced levels. Identify issues, concerns, or challenges facing VSOs throughout the country and bring them to the attention of the Senior Managing Attorney, the Veterans Benefits Program (VBP) Director, and Assistant Director. Represent VVA at meetings with VA on benefits and healthcare related matters as directed. Contribute to written VVA publications related to service benefits and healthcare issues. Assist the Senior Managing Attorney with VA working group meetings, rulemaking comments, and potential litigation supporting veterans rights and benefits. Maintain up-to-date knowledge of current statues, regulations, and case law through personal research, reading, and attending at least one CLE training per year, subject to approval. May be required to travel outside of the Washington, DC area on occasional basis. Work cooperatively with VVAâ€™s Board of Directors, Officers, the Veterans Benefits Committee, VBP leadership, and other VVA employees. Be a self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial. Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: Law Degree from an accredited law school. Recently admitted attorney are welcome. If hired, entry-level attorneys are required to pass a Bar examination and be an active member of the Bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) within 14 months of entry on duty. Experienced attorneys must be an active member in good standing of a bar of any U.S. jurisdiction. Must have quality legal research and writing experience and demonstrate excellent oral and written advocacy skills. Prior military experience is preferred.
Send cover Letter, resume (indicating bar status), Writing Sample up to 10 pages with 3 professional references. Copy of your law school transcript (unofficial transcripts will be accepted).
Vietnam Veterans of America
1224 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20005