The mission of the Office of Legal Policy (OLP) is to develop and implement the Department's significant policy initiatives, handle special projects that implicate the interests of multiple Department components, coordinate with other interested Department components and other Executive Branch agencies, and serve as the primary policy advisor to the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General. OLP also reviews and coordinates regulations promulgated by the Department and all of its components, and reviews draft regulations of other agencies that are circulated for review. In addition, OLP assists the Attorney General and White House Counsel’s Office with responsibilities in vetting candidates for federal judgeships, and coordinates the judicial nomination and confirmation process with the White House and the Senate. OLP is operating under a maximum telework policy, subject to Department guidance, and therefore this position will be remote until otherwise noted.
As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.
OLP is seeking an experienced attorney to serve a detail lasting six months, with the possibility of an extension, to assist with the evaluation and vetting of candidates for federal judgeships. This position requires significant collaboration with judicial candidates and the White House Counsel’s Office, as well as outreach to judges and attorneys in judicial candidates’ legal communities. It is an opportunity to help shape the contours of the federal judiciary. The detail may be performed remotely.
Applicants must be a current employee of the Department of Justice, possess a J.D. degree, have at least two years of post-J.D. legal experience, and be an active member of the bar of any state (or the District of Columbia). Judicial clerkship experience is preferred but not required.
Applicants must email cover letter (highlighting relevant experience) and a resume or OF-612 (Optional Application for Federal Employment) to OLPinbox@usdoj.gov. Please reference this announcement, OLP ATY 22-001D, in your cover letter. This vacancy will be open until February 1, 2022 or until a selection has been made.
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.