The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking an experienced attorney to work as a Division Counsel in the Louisville Field Division of DEA. The position is part of the staff of DEA, Office of Chief Counsel and is located in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Division Counsel is involved in all legal matters and issues concerning the Louisville Division, including criminal, civil, and administrative law. This includes substantive drug-related and money laundering statutes, investigative methods and techniques, search and seizure, electronic surveillance, interview and interrogation, evidence, discovery, drafting and reviewing legislative proposals relating to criminal law and procedure, and Federal sentencing guidelines, legal training, and legal review of operational policies and procedures. It also includes matters relating to support of civil and administrative litigation, including regulatory issues under the Controlled Substances Act (21 USC § 801 et seq.), as well as personnel and fiscal law questions.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction), have at least 10 years of post J.D. legal experience, and at least three years experience in grade as a GS‑905‑14 attorney or equivalent at time of selection. Applicants must also have 1) Significant experience in criminal law, with at least three years Federal prosecutorial experience preferred, or significant experience in other areas of law applicable to the operation of a federal law enforcement agency;
2) Excellent academic credentials; 3) Strong oral and written communication and advocacy skills; 4) Superior legal research and analytical skills; 5) Experience in dealing with complex legal and policy issues; and 6) Ability to formulate and implement Department of Justice and DEA policies on all matters pertaining to assigned areas. Proficiency in computer‑aided legal research and computer word processing is required. Applicants should also meet eligibility requirement for a Top Secret Clearance.
Applicants must submit a detailed resume, a cover letter highlighting relevant experience, a professional legal writing sample, and a certificate of good standing from their bar to:
Drug Enforcement Administration Headquarters
Office of Chief Counsel
ATTN: Jane M. Erisman, Associate Chief Counsel
8701 Morrissette Drive
Springfield, Virginia 22152
You may also submit your resume electronically at DEA.ChiefCounsel.Resumes@usdoj.gov. No telephone calls. Applications must be received by February 9, 2018.
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 can be located at www.dea.gov under “Jobs”. The link to the questionnaire is located in the paragraph on the page.