Advocacy Attorney
Job Details
National - Washington, DC
Full Time
4 Year Degree

Job Summary:

Responsible for advising the AED of Government Relations on legal aspects of laws, regulations dealing with disability issues and monitoring litigation involving and of interest to PVA. Interacts with congressional staff and assists, supports and follows the direction of the AED of Government Relations.

Key Responsibilities

  • Works to enforce the basic goals and purposes of the National Advocacy Program ensuring that various sections of Title V of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 and related legislation are effectively implemented and enforced.
  • Works with attorneys and others from member organizations of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), National Disability Leadership Alliance, and the Disability Rights Bar Association
  • Reviews and monitors material received from various information sources, including, among others, the Federal Register and the Congressional Record. Alerts staff members of impending legislative or regulatory proposals, action taken on such proposals, and other relevant information concerning congressional or agency action.
  • Assists the AED of Government Relations in such areas as:
    • Analysis of proposed agency regulations that affect transportation, housing, and civil rights of members and others with disabilities, ensuring that PVA's interests are reflected in written comments to those regulations and monitoring the implementation of such regulations.
    • Acts as liaison with attorneys representing PVA and others with disabilities in conjunction with the Office of the General Counsel.
    • Seeks opportunities for PVA to participate in amicus briefs.
    • Provides legal direction to PVA members concerning discrimination in employment, housing, transportation, etc., or who are experiencing other legal problems directly related to their disability.
  • Assists the National Advocacy Director in coordinating advocacy efforts nationwide between the National Office, PVA Chapters, and disability rights organizations by gathering and disseminating information and providing information and referral.
  • Assists the National Advocacy Director in developing materials for PVA Chapters about advocacy training and local disability complaints.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must possess a law degree from an ABA-accredited law school, be admitted to the bar of a state or the District of Columbia, be a member in good standing of that bar and maintain an active license to practice law.
  • Must possess 3-5 years of experience in the areas of civil or disability rights, public interest law or health care.
  • Must possess superior research and decision-making skills and superior written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Must possess knowledge of legal research programs and Microsoft products.
  • Travel less than 10%.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Background in regulatory or legislative affairs.
  • Familiarity with FiscalNote/CQ/Knowlegis/VoterVoice.
  • Experience in veterans health care and benefits matters.

PVA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.