Staff Attorney-Advisor

Washington, D.C
Jan 27, 2022
Feb 01, 2022
Full Time

The duties and responsibilities of the position are performed under the general supervision of the Chief Staff Attorney-Advisor or a Judge and include, but are not limited to:
  • Conducts conferences with the litigating parties, using mediation techniques, to explore the possibility of settlement or to narrow the issues to be briefed; to settle applications for attorney fees and expenses, and to resolve disputes over the content of the record on appeal.
  • Analyzes case materials and drafts procedural orders for Judges and the Clerk of the Court.
  • Responds to inquiries from judges and others about Court cases, to include screening appeals and petitions filed with the Court and researching and preparing memoranda of law.
  • Provides other legal duties, as required.

  • Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    Background security investigation is required for all new hires. Appointment is subject to successful completion of fingerprinting and background security investigation with favorable adjudication. Failure to meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

    NOTE: The selectee will be subject to a one-year probationary period.


    Qualifying Requirements: Applicants must possess a professional law degree (J.D. or LL.B.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association or the Association of American Law Schools, and be a member of the bar of the highest court of any state, the District of Columbia, or a territory, possession, or commonwealth of the United States. In addition, applicants must have two years of post-J.D./LL.B. legal work experience to qualify for grade 12, three years of post-J.D./LL.B. legal work experience to qualify for grade 13, or four years of post-J.D./LL.B. legal work experience to qualify for grade 14. One year must be at, or equivalent to, the next lower grade in the federal service.


    An LL.M. degree is equivalent to one year of legal work experience.

    Additional information

    The United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, age, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin, disability, or political affiliation.