Job Title: Veteran Law JudgeJob Announcement Number: VA-13-904226-NE
Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency: Board of Veterans Appeals
This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.
The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
/ Per Year
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 to
Monday, July 1, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
Full Time -
Excepted Service Permanent
Many vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
United States Citizens
The Department of Veterans Affairs is interested in attracting the best talent for our diverse cadre of Veteran Law Judges from all sources: within VA, within the Federal government, and from the private sector. Therefore, we have streamlined our recruitment process and, we are only announcing our positions for 14 days.
The Board of Veterans Appeals is composed of the men and women charged with leading the continuing transformation of government. These leaders possess well honed Veteran Law skills and share a broad perspective of government and a public service commitment. http://www.bva.va.gov/
This position is in the Excepted Service
Multiple similarly categorized positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.
"This announcement has been extended to clarify instructions for faxed versus online applications and to increase the character limit for online narrative responses."
- You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
- Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
- Some travel will be required.
- A one year trial period is required, if not previously completed.
- Applicants must possess a JD or LLB degree and be licensed to practice law.
DUTIES:Back to top
The incumbent serves as a Veteran Law Judge in the Office of Veterans Law Judges (OVLJ) within the Board of Veterans Appeals.
Duties include but are not limited to the following:
- Managing, mentoring, training, developing and leading staff counsel;
- Reviewing requests for and determining whether statutory and regulatory provisions pertaining to hearings are satisfied;
- Identifying the issues raised by and on behalf of the appellant and determining which of these issues has been procedurally developed for appellate review;
- Analyzing all previously developed evidence and appraising previous adjudicative processes by the originating agency;
- Determining whether there are other parties with adverse interests who may be joined in a contested appeal;
- Recommending to the Chairman that subpoenas be issued or revoked;
- Correlating and resolving conflicting evidence;
- Fully considering all the evidence of record and issuing decisions which are completely independent and final, signed by the Veterans Law Judge and published to the parties in interest without prior review;
- Ruling on motions, as provided by the applicable law and regulations; and
- Conducting in person or video conferencing hearings.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
Applicants must possess a JD or LLB degree from an accredited school of law and be licensed to practice law.
In addition, applicants must have the necessary years of general experience plus the following amount of specialized experience:
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.
Education may not be substituted for specialized experience.
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
If you meet the minimum qualification requirements your application will be further evaluated to determine the extent your work or related experience, education, training, awards, outside activities shows you have the knowledge, skills and abilities of the position. Written narratives must show clear, concise examples of level of accomplishment and the degree to which you possess the requirements. If you paraphrase, the written narrative without providing examples, you will not receive credit. The information provided is used to determine "best qualified" candidates either by a single evaluator or a rating panel.