The United States Department of Justice, Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), is responsible for investigating allegations of professional misconduct involving the more than 30,000 attorneys, agents, and immigration judges within the Department of Justice. The office was founded in 1975 in response to revelations of ethical abuses and misconduct by Department officials in the Watergate scandal. It conducts highly sensitive investigations into allegations of misconduct involving all levels of the Department and is led by a career Senior Executive Service attorney. OPR investigations frequently require its attorneys to have contact with senior officials across the Department and to confront complex legal and ethical issues involving criminal prosecutions, national security matters, civil litigation, and all other areas of the law handled by the Department. By handing allegations in a fair, competent, and objective manner, OPR seeks to uphold the values and integrity of the Department.
OPR is seeking an experienced attorney for its headquarters in the Main Justice building at 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. The attorney will be responsible for reviewing and analyzing allegations of misconduct and, where appropriate, conducting a thorough investigation of the allegations, including witness interviews and reviewing documents, and preparing a comprehensive report addressing the allegations and setting forth OPR’s findings and conclusions. The attorney may also be assigned special projects.
This announcement is open until filled. The first cut-off date for review of applications is November 23, 2018. Applications received by November 23, 2018, will receive first employment consideration. After that date, if necessary, applications will be reviewed every 30 days until the closing date of November 20, 2019. This announcement may be used to fill future OPR attorney vacancies.
Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar in good standing in any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and have at least 3 years post J.D. experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to the GS-13 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: preparing pleadings, briefs, motions, affidavits, and other materials involving legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; independently performing legal analysis; conducting civil or criminal litigation (to include appellate practitioners); trial experience as a prosecutor or defender at the Federal, State, or Local level; analyzing cases or requests for legal sufficiency; and providing expert legal advice and consultation.
Applicants must have superior academic and professional credentials as well as exceptional writing and oral communication skills. Applicants must also possess the legal skills and sound judgment necessary to evaluate the sensitive issues that arise in the course of attorney misconduct investigations. The individuals selected for these positions are required to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance as a condition of employment.
Preferred qualifications: A knowledge of, and familiarity with the rules and obligations imposed on prosecutors and other government attorneys by the Constitution, federal statutes, court decisions, orders, rules, regulations, Department policies, and applicable state bar rules is preferred but not required.
Grade Specific Qualifications:
To qualify at the GS-14 level, applicants must have at least three years of post-J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-13 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: preparing pleadings, motions, affidavits, and other materials involving legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting civil or criminal litigation (to include appellate practitioners); analyzing cases or requests for legal sufficiency; and providing expert legal advice and consultation.
To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have five years of post-J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include preparing court documents, presentations, and other written material involving or addressing unique and/or difficult issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting complex civil or criminal litigation (to include appellate practitioners); analyzing complex cases for legal sufficiency; and providing expert, specialized advice and consultation.
Interested candidates should send via e-mail a PDF file containing a cover letter, resume, unofficial law school transcript, and writing sample (not to exceed 20 pages) to OPR.Applications@usdoj.gov. Those selected for an interview will be asked at that time to provide proof of an active bar membership and, if a federal government employee, a copy of their most recent performance appraisal. Please reference announcement OPR ATY 19-001 in your cover letter and in the e-mail subject line.
No telephone calls please.
For more information about OPR, please visit our Web page at: https://www.justice.gov/opr
Note: The Selecting Official may select additional candidates from this announcement if another position becomes available within one year after the closing date of this announcement.
The first cut-off is November 23, 2018 and monthly thereafter until the vacancy is filled.