The U.S. Parole Commission is a federal agency with paroling authority for Federal and District of Columbia prisoners and parolees. The mission of the U.S. Parole Commission is to promote public safety and strive for justice and fairness in the exercise of its authority to release and revoke offenders under its jurisdiction. The office is located in the northeast section of Washington, DC.
This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel. The office is responsible for providing interpretation of the agency's enabling statutes, drafting and implementing rules and regulations, and assisting the U.S. Attorney's Offices in defending the USPC against lawsuits brought by prisoners and parolees.
The incumbent's major duties are:
-Preparing detailed litigation reports and drafting responses/motions for assistant U.S. Attorneys.
-Assisting in pretrial discovery, witness identification and preparation, pretrial conferences, depositions, and at trial.
-Performing legal research in highly complex areas.
-Advising Commission members and staff on the application of constitutional statutory, and regulatory law and Commission policy statements.
-Serve as the Ethics Official for the Commission by supporting and advising on all Commission’s ethics program.
-Analyzing administrative appeals and making recommendations on the disposition of the appeals.
-Conducting training seminars on the legal aspects of parole and supervised release administration.
-Reviewing and responding to correspondence on legal questions.
This is a term position not to exceed four (4) years. This position may be converted to a permanent appointment without further competition.
Required Qualification: Applicant must have a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 3 years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.
Preferred Qualification: The ideal candidate must demonstrate excellent analytical, legal research, oral and written skills; possess experience in litigation or in the capacity of an attorney advisor in a criminal justice, probation, or parole environment; and strong interpersonal skills.
U.S citizenship required.
Applicants must submit a resume, a cover letter (highlighting relevant background), and a writing sample (15 to 20 pages in length). If you are claiming veterans preference, you must also submit your DD-214, and/or other documentation that you may have. Please submit applications via e-mail to Nevi.M.Mendoza@usdoj.gov or via USPS:
U.S. Department of Justice
U.S. Parole Commission
Attn: Nevi Mendoza, Administrative Assistant
90 K Street N.E. 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20530
Applications must be postmarked no later than the closing date of this announcement (applications submitted by e-mail must be received by midnight Eastern Standard time on the closing date of this announcement).
This announcement will be advertised for 15 days from December 7, 2016 to December 22, 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.