Attorney Advisor

Attorney
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530
United States
OPR ATY 14-001
About the Office: 

The United States Department of Justice, Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), is seeking experienced attorneys for the position of Assistant Counsel in Washington, D.C. The Assistant Counsel investigates allegations of professional misconduct made against federal prosecutors and other Justice Department attorneys, formulates findings and conclusions, and drafts formal investigative reports to senior Department of Justice officials.

OPR was created in 1975 in response to revelations of ethical abuses and misconduct by Justice Department officials in the Watergate scandal. OPR conducts investigations of allegations of misconduct by Department attorneys and law enforcement personnel that relate to the exercise of an attorney's authority to investigate, litigate or provide legal advice. Matters investigated by OPR include allegations that Department attorneys have violated or disregarded obligations and standards of conduct imposed by the Constitution, federal statutes, court decisions, orders, rules, regulations, Department policies, and applicable state bar rules.

In their investigations, Assistant Counsels confront a wide range of legal and ethical issues arising in connection with the Department's legal activities around the country. Investigations include extremely sensitive matters and frequently require contact with senior officials in U.S. Attorneys' Offices and litigating divisions of the Department. OPR reports its investigative findings and conclusions to the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General and identifies for their consideration issues relating to Department policies, practices and procedures.

Job Description: 

The incumbent of this position will:

- review and analyze allegations of misconduct to determine whether they are within OPR's jurisdiction, and, if so, develop an investigative plan delineating the scope and direction of the investigation;

- conduct a thorough investigation of the allegations, including reviewing all relevant documents and interviewing witnesses;

- conduct necessary legal research and prepare a thorough memorandum or report of investigation addressing the allegations and setting forth OPR's findings and conclusions as to whether the subject of the investigation engaged in professional misconduct;

- conduct special projects or assignments as assigned by the Counsel.

Qualifications: 

Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar, (any U.S. jurisdiction) and have at least 5 years of relevant post-J.D. experience. Applicants must be familiar with the rules imposed on prosecutors and other government attorneys by the Constitution, federal statutes, court decisions, orders, rules, regulations, Department policies, and applicable state bar rules. Applicants must have superior academic and professional credentials and 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. Litigation experience is desirable, and experience as a federal prosecutor is particularly desirable.

Preferred qualifications: It is necessary that applicants have substantial criminal and/or civil litigation experience. A knowledge of, and familiarity with the rules of professional responsibility is preferred but not required. Applicants must have superior academic and professional credentials and exceptional writing and oral communication skills.

Salary: 
Salary and grade level determinations are made based on the number of years of qualifying experience and current salary level. The salary range for this position is: GS-15 or its AD equivalent ($124,995 - $157,100).
Travel: 
Travel is sometimes necessary.
Application Process: 

Interested candidates should submit:

1) a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience),
2) a resume or Optional Form 612 (OF-612 Application for Federal Employment),
3) an unofficial law school transcript and
4) an official certificate showing that the applicant is an active member in good standing of the bar

The application materials are required to be submitted by all applicants including attorneys currently appointed to positions in the Department of Justice to:

Robin C. Ashton, Counsel
Attn: Attorney Hiring Committee
Office of Professional Responsibility
U.S. Department of Justice, Room 3266
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20530

 

No telephone calls please. Applications must be received by August 1, 2014.

Alternatively, applications may be emailed to OPR.Applications@usdoj.gov.

Please reference announcement OPR ATY 14-001 in the e-mail subject line and in your cover letter.

To receive consideration, the complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 pm (EST) on Friday, August 1, 2014.

For more information about OPR, please visit our Web page at: http://www.usdoj.gov/opr/.

This and selected other legal position announcements may be found on the Internet at: http://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/attorneys-vacancies and http://dojnet.doj.gov/oarm/attvacancies.php

Application Deadline: 
Friday, August 1, 2014
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses or extended TDY will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Multiple
Updated April 7, 2016

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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 resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  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, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). 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 who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-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.

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, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf 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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