Veteran Law Judge
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
Rating Factors: In addition to your resume, a separate written narrative response should demonstrate your possession of the following rating factors. (Written responses to the Rating Factors should not exceed 6 pages using the Arial 12 point font with at least one-inch margins.)
1. Knowledge of the laws and regulations pertaining to veterans' benefits, as set forth primarily 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 and other federal courts, and the precedent decisions of the VA General Counsel.
2. Knowledge of specialized areas of medicine and/or law as they relate to the Board's jurisdiction.
3. Ability to accurately and efficiently analyze, evaluate and resolve independently appeals for veterans benefits.
4. Ability to analyze critically a draft appellate decision, submitted by a staff attorney, to ensure a full and complete review of record, an equitable resolution of the questions at issue, and proper application of statutory and regulatory criteria.
5. Ability to participate effectively in and conduct personal hearings at Central Office in Washington, DC or at field offices.
6. Ability to successfully lead and manage a staff of attorneys who are responsible for submitting tentative decisions/work products to the Decision Team or Appellate Group and meeting with attorneys to review their work and offer suggestions for improvement.
7. Ability to work effectively within the Decision Team or Appellate Group in order to meet the assigned productivity goals.
8. Ability to function as a team, helping advance the overall mission and objectives of the Board and the efficiency of its operations, including consistently professional and cooperative relationship with appellants, their representatives, and other members of the public, as well as with co-workers, supervisors, and others within the VA, conscientiously adhering to established office administrative policies and procedures, and effectively participating in appropriate training or learning activities.
General Experience: Applicants must have a full seven (7) years of experience as a licensed attorney preparing for, participating in, and/or reviewing formal hearings or trials involving litigation and/or administrative law at the Federal, State or local level.
Qualifying administrative law experience involves cases in which a formal procedure was initiated by a governmental administrative body and includes:
· participating in settlement negotiations in advance of hearing cases;
· preparing for hearing and/or trial of cases;
· preparing opinions;
· hearing cases;
· participating in or conducting arbitration, mediation, or other alternative dispute resolution approved by the administrative body; or
· participating in appeals related to the types of cases above.
Specialized experience is defined as experience dealing with laws and regulations pertaining to veterans' benefits, as set forth primarily in Title 38 of the United States Code and the Code of Federal Regulations, and areas of medicine and/or laws as related to the Board's jurisdiction. This experience has been gained at the next lower grade level or its equivalent.
Applicants must possess a JD or LLB degree from an accredited school of law and be licensed to practice law. Education may not be substituted for specialized experience.
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job..
Applicants must possess a JD or LLB degree and be licensed to practice law
Veteran Preference does not apply to the Veteran Law Judge.Read more
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Step 1: Minimum qualification screening
Step 2: Technical-Specialized screening
Step 3: VA Executive Resources Board (ERB) rating and ranking
Step 4: Structured interviews by the Board of Veterans' Appeals to determine final nominees
Step 5: Nominations by Board Chairman (May include additional interviews)
Step 6: Appointment by the Secretary (May include additional interview)
Step 7: Approval by the POTUS