United States Department of Justice Vacancy
Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Trial Attorney, GS-14/15
About the Office: The U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division is seeking 3 experienced attorneys for the position of Trial Attorney in the Special Litigation Section (Section) in Washington, D.C. The attorneys selected for these positions will be dedicated to the Section's work pursuant to the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, 42 U.S.C. 14141 (Section 14141). More specifically, the incumbents' work will be devoted to investigating, negotiating, and litigating matters involving allegations of patterns or practices of police misconduct.
Who May Apply: Applications are being accepted from all qualified candidates.
Number of Opportunities: 3
Application Period: Applications are being accepted through 11:59 PM EST on September 4, 2012.
Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The incumbents will be responsible for duties such as, but not limited to: 1) conducting investigations, litigation, and negotiations regarding the Section's Police Misconduct docket; 2) working with managers to develop and establish strategies and priorities for enforcement of Section 14141; 3) working with team members to coordinate with other federal agencies to develop strategies for effective and efficient information sharing and case referrals; and 4) conducting outreach. The incumbents will be responsible for screening and developing new matters, conducting comprehensive investigations involving in-person visits, witness interviews, and work with experts, analyzing data, drafting written recommendations including legal analyses, litigating all aspects of the Section's enforcement duties and negotiating, monitoring, and enforcing settlement agreements.
Area of Consideration: Applications will be accepted from all qualified candidates.
Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction), and have a minimum of four years of post-JD experience. Applicants must demonstrate superior oral and written communication skills (including strong advocacy skills), possess excellent academic and professional credentials, and outstanding professional references. Applicants must also demonstrate exceptional interpersonal skills and professional judgment, and be able to excel in a highly demanding environment.
Preferred Qualifications: Given the nature and volume of this work, the Section generally seeks candidates with significant litigation experience and a demonstrated commitment to public service and/or civil rights. Applicants with one or more of the following qualifications are preferred: (1) civil or criminal trial experience; (2) federal civil or criminal litigation experience; (3) experience with complex investigations; (4) demonstrated commitment to public service through employment or volunteering; (5) demonstrated commitment to civil rights and/or human rights issues; (6) substantive knowledge of assessing the conduct of a law enforcement agency and the law applicable to that conduct; or (7) judicial clerkship experience.
Salary Information: Years of specialized experience will determine the appropriate salary level within the GS-14/15 range ($105,211 to $155,500 per annum). Final selection for this position will be subject to budgetary funding constraints.
Location: Washington, D.C.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Travel: The position requires extended hours and may require some travel.
Submission Process and Deadline Date: To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter and a writing sample (a brief or comparable analytic legal exposition that is your work product) by one of the two following means:
Email: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or Fax: 202-514-6603
No telephone calls please.
Internet Sites: This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/attvacancies.html.
For more information about the Civil Rights Division, visit the Civil Rights Division's web page.
Department Policies: The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any non merit factor. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys' Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting documents). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).