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U.S.DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION
OFFICE OF CHIEF COUNSEL
DIVERSION AND REGULATORY LITIGATION SECTION
EXPERIENCED ATTORNEY / GS 14 to 15


The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking two experienced attorneys to work in the Office of Chief Counsel, Diversion and Regulatory Litigation Section, DEA Headquarters, located in Arlington, Virginia.

Position Description: The attorney will have first-chair litigation responsibility representing DEA in actions regarding the revocation or denial of DEA registrations to handle controlled substances or listed chemicals. DEA attorneys coordinate closely with Federal and state law enforcement officials and regulatory agencies (including U.S. Attorney's Offices), as DEA administrative actions often occur in parallel with civil and criminal investigations and actions, including criminal indictments and civil penalty actions. DEA attorneys also coordinate with DEA investigative personnel during the pendency of investigations, provide legal training concerning Diversion issues to agency investigative personnel, and respond to requests for assistance from DEA Division Counsel.

Approximately 80% of the attorney's time will be devoted to litigating on behalf of DEA in administrative proceedings. Related responsibilities will include drafting case-related filings, conducting direct and cross-examinations of fact and expert witnesses, and presenting argument before DEA administrative law judges.

Qualifications:
Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of a bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least 2 years of post J.D. legal experience or at least 1 year of post-law school judicial clerkship experience.

Applicants must possess 1) superior oral and written communication and advocacy skills; 2) Superior legal research and analytical skills; and 3) a demonstrated capacity to function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment. Applicants must also meet eligibility requirements for a security clearance.

Preferred qualifications: Federal judicial clerkships are preferred. Preferred applicants will also be familiar with civil litigation and the Administrative Procedures Act. Familiarity with government investigations and/or the pharmaceutical industry is helpful but not required.

Salary: Current salary and years of experience will determine the appropriate salary range from GS-14 ($105,211-$136,771) to GS-15 ($123,758 to $155,500).

Application Procedure: Applicants must submit a detailed resume, a cover letter highlighting relevant experience, a legal writing sample, and a completed DEA Drug Questionnaire to:

Drug Enforcement Administration
ATTN: Lee Reeves, Associate Chief Counsel
Office of Chief Counsel
Diversion and Regulatory Litigation Section (CCD)
8701 Morrissette Drive
Springfield, Virginia 22152

The positions will remain open until filled. No telephone calls or emails please. There will be no relocation expenses authorized for the selected individual.

Applicants who are found, through investigation or personal admission, to have experimented with or used narcotics or dangerous drugs, except those medically prescribed, will not be considered for employment with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Exceptions to this policy may be made for applicants who admit to limited youthful and experimental use of marijuana. Such applicants may be considered for employment if there is no evidence of regular, confirmed usage and the full-field background investigation and results of the other steps in the process are otherwise favorable.

Compliance with this policy is an essential requirement of the position. All applicants must complete the DEA Drug Questionnaire and submit that Questionnaire with their application package. A copy of the drug questionnaire can be located at http://www.justice.gov/dea/, under "Careers". The link to the questionnaire is located under "Employment Requirements."

Additional Information: This and selected other attorney vacancy announcements can be found on the Internet at: http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/attvacancies.html or http://dojnet.doj.gov/oarm/attvacancies.php

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, politics, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism. 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 the 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. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointment 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. Dual citizens of 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 are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g. the DD 214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.

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