Program Director/Staff Attorney, Veteran's Advocacy Clinic 12333
West Virginia University College of Law seeks a Staff Attorney to serve in our Veterans Advocacy Clinic for a one-year appointment beginning in the fall semester of 2019. The Staff Attorney for the WVU Law Veterans Advocacy Clinic will coordinate the efforts of the clinic to provide legal assistance to veterans across the state and will primarily handle litigation before administrative agencies and courts on benefits and discharge upgrades. Successful candidates must be willing to collaborate fully with other clinics and clinicians at the WVU College of Law.
The Staff Attorney is responsible for supervising the clinical law students in their representation of clients including drafting documents and filing of pleadings; managing case files including intake and selection, and all other aspects of client representation; conducting personal hearings before the Department of Veterans Affairs; conducting substantive training on VA law for interested groups and attorneys.
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
* Directly supervise the legal work of students enrolled in Veteran's Advocacy clinic (VAC) including court appearances and filings, case selection, and file maintenance * In consultation with the clinic director, evaluate and grade VAC student performance both within VAC and in the general clinic class * Confer with clinic director to design general clinic class schedule and create general clinic class syllabus * Design and teach VAC specific clinic classes and help teach general clinic classes as requested * Confer with clinic director in setting and enforcing policies for the clinic in general and VAC specifically * Select adjunct faculty of VAC * Confer with VAC faculty on case selection and strategy * Supervise budgetary spending * Supervise undergraduate legal interns * Complete outreach duties including public appearances on behalf of VAC at local groups and conferences as requested * Complete fundraising duties as requested * Continue representation of clients while students are on break and during summer months * Regular travel among WVU Campuses located in Morgantown, Beckley, and Charleston
Hours: 12-month Part-Time position, 30-hours per week
* J.D. from an ABA accredited institution * At least 3-years of experience representing veterans on benefits claims is preferred. * Knowledge and expertise in Veterans law or administrative law. * Demonstrated ability to lead efforts to support the needs of military-veterans and their families. * Demonstrated ability to implement processes to ensure institutional compliance with federal/state regulatory requirements. * Demonstrated ability to research, develop, lead, and successfully execute institutional initiatives for veteran advocacy needs. * Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills. * Familiarity with Case Management software * Highly organized
Requirements * Resume * Letter of Interest * Must be admitted to the WV State Bar and member in good standing * Must have or obtain VA Attorney Accreditation
About WVU At West Virginia University, we pride ourselves on a tireless endeavor for achievement. We are home to some of the most passionate, innovative minds in the country who push their limits for the sake of progress, constantly moving the world forward. Our students, faculty and staff make this institution one of the best out there, and we are proud to stand as one voice, one university, one WVU. Find out more about your opportunities as a Mountaineer at https://talentandculture.wvu.edu/
West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and veterans.
Job Posting: Jul 11, 2019
Posting Classification: Non-Classified
Exemption Status: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Internal Number: 179682
About West Virginia University
West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a public, land-grant institution. WVU encourages scholarship and offers high-quality academic programs while serving the state of West Virginia and the nation. WVU statewide includes campuses in Beckley, Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg and Morgantown – which has been ranked as a #1 Small City in America. WVU is an R1 Doctoral Research University (Highest Research Activity), one of only 115 nationwide. WVU offers 212 degrees throughout the 14 colleges and schools. Areas of specialty include STEM education, healthcare in Appalachia, shale gas utilization, radio astronomy and forensics. WVU researchers have helped confirm the existence of gravitational waves and uncovered diesel vehicle emissions discrepancies. Statewide, there are over 31,000 graduate and undergraduate students along with 190,000 alumni worldwide. WVU is reinventing West Virginia’s future by strengthening education, healthcare and broad-based prosperity.