Position title
Staff Attorney

Swords to Plowshares invites applications for a full-time Staff Attorney position. The position will be responsible for case management, including initial interviewing and providing outreach, advice, and representation to claimants before the Veterans Benefits Administration, Military Discharge Review Boards, and Boards for Correction of Military Records.

  • Provide the following services to veterans in need of legal assistance with VA benefits claims and military discharge upgrades: (1) outreach; (2) brief legal advice and assessment; and (3) direct legal representation
  • Develop and necessary evidence, including military records, medical & mental health records, court-martial transcripts, witness statements, and/or non-governmental documents, to assist in case evaluation, preparation, and representation
  • Conduct legal research and draft legal briefs
  • Represent clients at hearings before the VA Regional Office, and Board of Veterans Appeals
  • Coordinate within legal team on case strategies
  • Perform in-depth research and prepare written materials relating to legal issues faced by veterans
  • Submit reports, attend meetings, and perform administrative tasks, as required
  • Work with other program providers to integrate services within Swords to Plowshares’ continuum of care
  • Perform other duties as required by Legal Director
  • Employee must be able to perform all essential job requirements and responsibilities within what would be considered reasonable accommodation
  • Juris doctor from an ABA-accredited law school
  • Active bar membership in the United States, or awaiting result
  • Experience with or sensitivity to the needs of clients who are homeless, trauma survivors, experience mental health symptoms, and/or live with disabilities
  • Familiarity with veteran issues is preferred
  • Familiarity with public benefits advocacy is preferred
  • Veterans strongly encouraged to apply
  • Sound professional judgment
  • Administratively self-sufficient
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and remain calm under pressure
  • Commitment to the mission of Swords to Plowshares
  • Extended periods of sitting, at a desk/computer station, meeting with clients in your office
  • Performing some tasks outside the office, such as attendance at legal clinics, meetings, hearings, or file reviews
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of personalities and be comfortable working with an at-risk client population, including embracing the organization’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiative
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team-oriented environment
  • Proficient in using technology, such as Microsoft Word and case management software
Job Benefits

Compensation is based on a competitive public interest salary scale. Swords to Plowshares offers a generous benefits package including the following benefits:

  • Excellent medical and dental packages
  • 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution
  • 17 vacation days in the first year
  • 12 holidays every year
  • Wellness program
Date posted
August 16, 2019
Employment Type
Full-time, exempt
Job Location
San Francisco

Please submit a thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in Swords to Plowshares, where/how you found out about this career opportunity, and your salary requirement. Email the cover letter along with your resume to [email protected]

Please include the exact title for this position in the subject line of your email: Staff Attorney.

Position: Staff Attorney

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