Attorney Advisor

1425 New York Avenue, NW
Suite 12000
Washington, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

The mission of the Professional Responsibility Office (PRAO) is to ensure that Department of Justice (Department) attorneys perform their duties in accordance with the high professional standards expected of the Nation's principal law enforcement agency.  PRAO, which reports directly to the Deputy Attorney General, provides professional responsibility advice to Senior Management Officials, Department attorneys and Assistant United States Attorneys worldwide on how to carry out their duties in compliance with the applicable rules of professional conduct.  PRAO conducts professional responsibility training for Department attorneys throughout the country, at the Department's National Advocacy Center and hosts a monthly program on the Justice Television Network.  In addition, PRAO identifies trends and changes in professional responsibility jurisprudence and provides recommendations to the Deputy Attorney General's Office on changes in policies or procedures consistent with those new developments.  PRAO provides litigation assistance to Department components and offices in defending attorneys wMo have been accused of engaging in professional misconduct.  PRAO also serves as the Department's liaison with state and national bar organizations.

PRAO is a small, collegial, dedicated and service-driven organization for the entire Department.  Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified men and women from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.

Job Description: 

The incumbent will:

  • advise Senior Management Officials, Department attorneys and Assistant United States Attorneys about professional responsibility issues arising in their cases, investigations and other work for the Department, including advising on high-profile, sensitive and national security matters.


  • research and draft opinions regarding the application of the rules of professional conduct to the work of Department attorneys.


  • provide litigation assistance to Department components and offices in defending Department attorneys who have been accused of engaging in misconduct.


  • develop and present professional responsibility training nation-wide including on the Justice Television Network, leveraging latest technologies.


  • participate in PRAO's outreach to bar organizations, bar counsel and the professional responsibility community.

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, have at least 5 years of relevant post-J.D. experience, and be an active member of the bar in good standing of a state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Applicants are responsible for citing J.D. and bar membership information (institution name, state(s) of admission and date (s)) on their respective resumes.

Preferred Qualifications:

We welcome candidates with state or federal prosecutorial or other litigation experience.  The ideal candidate will possess exceptional writing and oral communication skills and working knowledge of the rules of professional conduct.



GS-14 or GS-15 ($108,887 - $160,300)
Travel required several times a year for training and sometimes for attendance at professional responsibility conference.
Application Process: 

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience), a resume and writing sample demonstrating your ability to analyze and expound on complicated, nuanced legal issues to:

Ms. Maria Henry
U.S. Department of Justice
Professional Responsibility Advisory Office
1425 New York Ave., NW.
Suite 12000
Washington, D.C. 20530

No telephone calls please.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, April 28, 2017
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated January 31, 2017

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  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, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor.  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.

Reasonable Accommodations:  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.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:   The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  See list of DPOCs.    

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and 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. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans:  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 must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).


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