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Attorney-Advisor (Veterans) - GS 9 - 11 The candidate serves as an Attorney-Advisor (Veterans) for the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA or Board). 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 draft decisions in all types of appeals, including those of exceptional difficulty, complexity or controversy, for review by a Veterans Law Judge. This position requires developing an expert knowledge of the laws and regulations pertaining to Veterans benefits, as set forth in Title 38 of the United States Code and the Code of Federal Regulations; the precedent decisions of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC), the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Federal Circuit), and the United States Supreme Court; and the precedent decisions of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) General Counsel. Specifically, the incumbent reviews and evaluates the credibility and probative value of medical and lay evidence in claims files; drafts a high volume of tentative appellate decisions based on that review; and conducts research on questions encountered in case review or as requested by the Veterans Law Judge Provide legal advice and services with respect to questions, regulations, practices, or other matters; Preparing interpretive and administrative orders, rules, or regulations to give effect to the provisions of governing statues or other requirements of law; Drafting, negotiating, or examining contracts or other legal documents; Drafting, preparing formal comments, or otherwise making substantive recommendations with respect to proposed legislation; Drafting and reviewing decisions for consideration and adoption by agency officials.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have following Qualifications:
Must be a member in good standing of the bar of a State or Territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia. Where the duties of the position call for appearance in court, the applicant must be a member in good standing of the bar, or be eligible for admission to the Bar, of the State or Territory of the United States or the District of Columbia which they will serve.
EDUCATION: Must Possess a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor degree from a law school or be awarded such before appointment. NOTE: The education requirements are not applicable to those employees serving in Attorney positions in the VA as of September 1, 1968. In one or any combination of the following types in the amounts indicated for each grade following: Practice of law. Other legal experience of a responsible nature in any or a combination of the following: As a law clerk; in legal research; in analysis of statutes; or in examination, investigation, or adjustment of claims arising under law, contract, or governmental order. In the military, naval, or other Federal service in the disposition of legal problems, as a reviewing officer, as a member of courts or boards, or investigation activities
For the Grade of GS-09: None required; however, acquired experience will be considered.
For the Grade of GS-11: 1 year of experience as described above, or Graduation in the upper one-third of his/her law class or one of the six alternate options of the Superior Law Student Program: Work or achievement of significance on his/her school's Official Law Review; Special high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, such as election to the Order of the Coif; Winning a moot court competition or membership on the moot court team which represents the law school in competition with other law schools;
Full-time or continuous participation in a legal aid program as opposed to one-shot, intermittent or casual participation; Significant summer law-office clerk experience; or Other equivalent evidence of superior achievement. Candidates applying under this option will be required to furnish certification from the registrar of ranking and other attainments in law school; or Possession of the LL.M. or JD degree.
Announcement number: CBEJ-18-10144793-MDM. Control number: 492702900. Apply Online. No emails.
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