Diversity

Antitrust Division Diversity Committee

A richly diverse staff makes better decisions in its mission to support a vibrant and competitive American economy.

The Antitrust Division seeks a workforce composed of a wide cross section of America, diverse in physical characteristics, perspective, and thought. In support of this workforce, the Division pursues a work environment where equality, respect, and tolerance are of paramount importance and employee diversity is celebrated and supported.

The Division recognizes that a richly diverse staff makes better decisions in its mission to support a vibrant and competitive American economy.

Diversity Committee

The Antitrust Division’s Diversity Committee is committed to helping foster a diverse and inclusive culture within the Division.

Some of the Committee’s many initiatives include:

  • Recruiting: Attending and organizing diversity recruitment events for different positions in the Antitrust Division.

    More information about the Antitrust Division’s employment opportunities can be found on the Division’s Employment page. Candidates interested in the Paralegal Specialist position should note that hiring occurs year-round, but most recruitment occurs from September through March. Paralegal Specialist positions with the Antitrust Division are advertised on USAJOBS. Candidates interested in applying to the Attorney General’s Honors Program or Summer Law Intern Program should note the application usually opens in late July and closes in early September. Key dates for the Attorney General Honor’s Program application can be found on the Department's Entry-Level Attorneys page and Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) application can be found on the Department's Summer Law Intern Program page. Although the Antitrust Division hires primarily attorneys, paralegals, and economists, there are periodically openings for professional, administrative, and support positions. If you have any questions about job opportunities with the Antitrust Division, including when they will become available or how to apply, please email the Diversity Committee’s Outreach Subcommittee at ATR.Diversity-Outreach@USDOJ.GOV.

  • Training: Providing mentorship, professional development programs, and training on best practices for fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for all employees.

  • Speaker Series: Hosting speaker series events to raise awareness of diversity and inclusion issues.

In 2016, Diversity Committee members were awarded the Antitrust Division’s Diversity Champion Award and the Attorney General’s Award for Equal Employment Opportunity for these efforts.

Meet the Diversity Committee

Steven Taylor

Steven Taylor
Administrative Officer and Paralegal Manager, San Francisco Office

I’ve been working with the Antitrust Division for more than 15 years as the administrative officer and paralegal manager for the San Francisco Office. My responsibilities in this position include recruiting and hiring paralegals and other administrative professionals, as well as ensuring that our legal teams have the resources they need to do their work. Whether the task is procuring expert witnesses, training paralegals on important litigation skills, or simply overseeing issues with our facilities, I aim to make it easier for the attorneys to do what they do best: Enforce the antitrust laws for American consumers. I love working for the Division because we attract such wonderful talent and I truly believe in its mission.

I joined the Diversity Committee because I believe that we are a better organization when we have the variety of perspectives that comes from working with people of diverse backgrounds. My perspective on diversity was formed as an adolescent growing up gay in a small Utah town just as the AIDS crisis was unfolding on the national stage. It would take me some time to come to terms with who I was, but once I did, the tremendous gift of seeing the value of all people was my new perspective. I want to contribute to ideas that will help the Division recruit and retain a diverse work force on all levels of the organization so that as many perspectives as possible are represented.


Wendy Ramirez

Wendy Ramirez
Supervisory Paralegal Specialist, Washington Criminal I, Washington, D.C.

I am originally from Los Angeles and graduated from Smith College with a dual B.A. in Economics and Government. I have been with the Division since 2017 and worked as a staff paralegal in a civil section prior to assuming my current role in 2020. I love working here! The work we do affects various industries and impacts people of all backgrounds, which makes it all the more important that our teams reflect the diversity of the general public.

I joined the Diversity Committee to make recommendations and work on projects that would further strengthen representation among historically underrepresented groups at the Division, specifically racial and ethnic groups. Having people of different cultural backgrounds be the face of our Government when speaking to the general public makes an incredibly powerful statement—that we value and respect not just diversity of thought but the diversity in one's personhood. I am currently serving as the Outreach Subcommittee’s Co-Chair and have worked to further foster inclusivity at the workplace and create a pipeline of diverse candidates for various Division positions. I have greatly enjoyed working with the various subcommittees and look forward to what we will accomplish in the upcoming year.


J.P. Foley

J.P. Foley
Trial Attorney, Technology and Digital Platforms Section, Washington, D.C.

In 2020, I joined the Antitrust Division from active duty in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps to work on cutting-edge competition issues as a trial attorney in the Technology and Digital Platforms Section. As I had hoped, I have quickly been entrusted with significant responsibility on matters in active litigation, and the Division has been a tremendous place to work with colleagues deeply committed to advancing the Division’s mission.

I joined the Diversity Committee to bring my leadership experience to bear in establishing the Diversity Committee’s new Veterans Subcommittee. Our subcommittee is focused on increasing awareness of reservists’ and veterans’ valuable contributions to the Division’s mission, and the unique perspectives they bring to our workplace. It is a privilege, as a veteran and current reserve officer, to support the Division’s recruitment, retention, and advancement of veterans, military spouses, and family members, and I am eager for the talent that our subcommittee will help bring to the Division.


Malika Krishna

Malika Krishna
Economist, Economic Analysis Group, Washington, D.C.

I joined the Antitrust Division in 2020 as an economist in the Economic Analysis Group. I previously worked in economics consulting for several years after completing my Ph.D. in Economics from the NYU Stern School of Business. I find our work in antitrust very exciting because there is always something to learn about: Different industries and new applications of economic ideas. All aspects of our work at the Division require teamwork and I have seen that a diversity of voices and experiences only makes our work better.

I joined the Diversity Committee to work on initiatives that promote a professional environment and inclusive culture within the Division. I am glad to have the opportunity to work on the Women’s Subcommittee with other committee members to address some of the challenges for women in the workplace and to continue to make the Division a great place for all to succeed.

 

Department of Justice Diversity Resources

Updated June 29, 2021

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