The legal practice at the Consolidated Legal Center (CLC) covers a wide variety of issues focusing on correctional law and litigation, either through administrative or litigation channels and includes but is not limited to such matters as inmates' reasonable access to the courts (through access to legal materials, legal correspondence, and attorney-client visits), conditions of confinement, medical care, diet and religious accommodations, housing assignments, hygiene and sanitation, discipline, civil commitment, and other mental health matters. On a daily basis the attorney will work alongside other attorneys and legal support staff. The attorney will also work closely with several different United States Attorneys' Offices handling litigation issues.
The position involves legal advice and litigation assistance that may arise out of several federal correctional institutions including: the Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, North Carolina (comprised of the Federal Medical Center, two medium Federal Correctional Institutions, a Low Security Correctional Institution, and a Federal Prison Camp); the Federal Correctional Complex in Petersburg, Virginia (comprised of the Federal Correctional Institution - Medium, the Federal Correctional Institution - Low, and the Federal Prison Camp).
The attorney will be expected to periodically travel to and provide on-site legal services at the Petersburg facility. The attorney will be expected to provide advice, guidance and training to all levels of staff at these correctional facilities, including members of the Executive staff. The position requires frequent professional communication with defense attorneys, prosecutors, federal courts and agency officials. The incumbent will need to develop a thorough knowledge of all aspects of BOP policy and practice as he/she may be required to appear in District Court on short notice to explain and advocate the agency's rationale for its correctional management decisions.
This is a primary law enforcement position. In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3307, the maximum entry age of 36 has been established for initial appointment to a position in a Bureau of Prisons correctional institution. The duties of this position may at times require frequent and direct contact with individuals in confinement who are suspected or convicted of serious criminal offenses. It has also been determined that the duties of this position require experience and knowledge of the on-the-job responsibilities of a primary law enforcement officer working in a detention facility. A prerequisite requirement of this position is the completion of "Institution Familiarization" and the satisfactory completion of a mandatory course in "Introduction to Correctional Techniques." The training emphasizes self-defense, firearms, security, hostage situations and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Because of the nature and mission of this position, it requires "hands-on" understanding of the operating problems encompassed in working within an institution. The incumbent may be called on to perform as a law enforcement officer in a correctional environment during training, emergency situations, times of staff shortages and under any other type of correctional operating crisis. Specific correctional responsibilities may include custody and supervision of inmates, responding to emergencies and institution disturbances, participating in fog and escape patrols, and assuming correctional officer posts when necessary. The incumbent may be required to shakedown inmates and conduct visual searches in their work or living area for contraband. The incumbent must be prepared to use physical control in situations where necessary, such as in fights among inmates, assaults on staff and riots or escape attempts.
Required Qualifications: Applicants must have a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least one (1) year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.
Preferred qualification: Prior experience in correctional law is preferred.
Applicants must submit a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience), resume and a writing sample by August 17, 2016, to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Mid-Atlantic Regional Office
302 Sentinel Drive, Suite 200
Annapolis Junction, Maryland 20701
Attention: Matthew Mellady, Regional Counsel
It is preferred that you submit your application materials to email@example.com.
No telephone calls please. This position is open until filled, but no later than August 17, 2016.