The legal practice at the Consolidated Legal Center (CLC) covers a wide variety of issues focusing on correctional law and litigation, either through administrative or litigation channels and includes such matters as inmates' reasonable access to the courts (through access to legal materials, legal correspondence, and attorney-client visits), conditions of confinement issues, such as medical care, diet and religious accommodations, housing assignments, hygiene & sanitation, sentence computation and inmate discipline. This practice will also include prosecution assistance regarding crimes involving correctional operations and matters processed through the Federal Tort Claims Act.
The position includes being involved in a legal office that oversees the legal operations associated with federal correctional institutions in the Central District of California, which currently include: Metropolitan Detention Center, Los Angeles, California; Federal Correctional Institution, Terminal Island, California, and the Federal Correctional Complexes at Victorville, California, and Lompoc, California. The Complexes include several different security-level institutions within them. The office also provides legal support to the Residential Reentry Management office in Long Beach, California, which oversees the supervision of federal inmates housed in community confinement in the Central and Southern Districts of California. The incumbent will be expected to provide advice and guidance to all levels of staff at these facilities, including members of the Executive staff. The incumbent will also be expected to communicate with defense attorneys, prosecutors, federal courts and agency officials. The incumbent will need to develop a thorough knowledge of all aspects of BOP policy and practice as he/she may be required to appear in District Court on short notice to explain and advocate the agency's rationale for its correctional management decisions. In addition, the incumbent will be expected to conduct legal research, prepare litigation reports, and to draft legal documents as necessary in order to represent and defend the agency's position, and to assist the U.S. Attorney's Office with their representation of the BOP.
This is a primary law enforcement position. In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3307, the maximum entry age of 36 has been established for initial appointment to a position in a Federal Bureau of Prisons institution. The duties of this position may at times require frequent and direct contact with individuals in confinement who are suspected or convicted of serious criminal offenses. It has also been determined that the duties of this position require experience and knowledge of the on-the-job responsibilities of a primary law enforcement officer working in a detention facility. A prerequisite requirement of this position is the completion of "Institution Familiarization", and, the satisfactory completion of a mandatory course in "Introduction to Correctional Techniques."
Because of the nature and mission of this position, it requires "hands-on" understanding of the operating problems encompassed in working within an institution. The incumbent may be called on to perform as a law enforcement officer in a correctional environment during training, emergency situations, times of staff shortages and under any other type of correctional operating crisis. Specific correctional responsibilities may include custody and supervision of inmates, responding to emergencies and institution disturbances, participating in fog and escape patrols, and assuming correctional officer posts when necessary. The incumbent may be required to shakedown inmates and conduct visual searches in their work or living area for contraband. The incumbent must be prepared to use physical control in situations where necessary, such as in fights among inmates, assaults on staff and riots or escape attempts.
Applicant must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least one year of post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.
Preferred qualifications: Prior experience in correctional law is preferred.
Applicants must submit a resume, a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience) and a writing sample by January 24, 2020 to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Western Regional Office
7338 Shoreline Drive
Stockton, California 95219
Attention: Dennis Wong, Regional Counsel
It is preferred that you submit your application packet via e-mail to DWong@bop.gov
No telephone calls please. This position is open until filled but no later than January 7, 2020.
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.