Staff Attorney

Vermont Legal Aid seeks a full-time attorney to work in its Montpelier, Vermont office. The position will include work with our Victims of Crime and Medicare Advocacy Projects. Practice areas include: housing, benefits, abuse and other civil legal matters, representation of victims in criminal proceedings, and representation of Medicare beneficiaries in administrative appeals and Medicare reform issues through systemic litigation in the federal courts. Applicants must have excellent written and oral skills and demonstrated experience in public interest law, civil rights law or legal services. Applicants must be admitted to practice in Vermont, eligible for admission by waiver or pending bar admission. Some in-state travel required; must have personal vehicle.

Starting salary is $51,000 plus D.O.E. with excellent fringe benefits. Send cover letter, resume, references and writing sample as a single PDF with the subject line “Montpelier Staff Attorney Application 2018” by December 7, 2018, to Eric Avildsen, Executive Director, c/o Betsy Whyte ( Please also indicate your current bar admission status, and list the exams you have taken and the results.

VLA is an equal opportunity employer committed to cultural competency in order to effectively serve our increasingly diverse client community. Applicants are encouraged to share in their cover letter how they can further this goal.

Application Submission Instructions

Your application should include the following components, in order, sent as a single PDF. The PDF document should be entitled “YourLastName YourFirstName.pdf”. Applications must be emailed with the subject line “Montpelier Staff Attorney Application 2018.”

Application Components

1. Cover Letter

Your cover letter should address how you believe your knowledge, training and experience prepare you for success in this position. 

2. Current Resume

3. Bar Status

Indicate your current bar admission status, and list the exams you have taken and the results.

4. References

Please provide the phone numbers and email addresses of three academic or professional references. 

5. Writing Sample

Writing samples should generally be between 5-10 pages. If your writing sample is longer, an excerpt of that piece is fine.