Attorney Advisor

Central Office, Office of General Counsel, Legislative & Correctional Issues Branch/DSCC
346 Marine Forces Drive
Grand Prarie, TX 75051
United States
About the Office: 

The Federal Bureau of Prisons (Bureau) Grand Prairie Office Complex, Grand Prairie, Texas (Complex) consists of the Designation and Sentence Computation Center (DSCC) and the Human Resource Services Center (HRSC).

Job Description: 

The Attorney-Advisor, under direction of the Complex Supervisory Attorney-Advisor, provides legal analysis and assistance to the DSCC on correctional law issues related to the Bureau's Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP).  Duties include, but are not limited to, determining inmates' eligibility for early release based on a review of their current and prior offenses, providing litigation assistance related to individual determinations, and other RDAP related issues.  Additionally, the incumbent assesses the need for change in Bureau policies based on trends in inmate grievances, statutes, and case law.  The incumbent interprets federal laws, regulations, and Bureau policies, and suggests methods for policy development and serves as a resource person in the areas of RDAP offense reviews and other RDAP program issues.  Additional practice areas include institution operations, sentencing issues, designation issues, and review of garnishment orders.


Applicants must have a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 1 year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience. Applicants must also submit to and pass a drug test.
Preferred qualifications: Prior experience, education, and training in correctional law, is highly desired, though not required.  

Current salary and years of experience will determine the appropriate salary level. The appropriate salary range, including locality pay adjustments, is GS-13 ($89,383 to $116,203); GS-14 ($105,623 to $137,313) or GS-15 ($124,243 to $160,300).
Some travel will be required.
Application Process: 

Applicants must submit a cover letter highlighting relevant experience, resume and a writing sample no later than December 19, 2016, to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Office of General Counsel
Legislative and Correctional Issues Branch
320 first Street, NW
Washington, DC 20534
Attention: Darrin Howard, Associate General Counsel
It is preferred that you submit your application packet via email  
No telephone calls please. This position is open until filled, but no later December 19, 2016.

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.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, December 19, 2016
Relocation Expenses: 
Not authorized
Number of Positions: 
Updated December 5, 2016

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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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