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, medical care, diet and religious accommodations, housing assignments, hygiene and sanitation, and discipline.
The position includes being involved in a legal office that oversees the legal operations associated with several correctional institutions: United States Penitentiary, Allenwood; Federal Correctional Complex, Allenwood; Low Security Correctional Institution, Allenwood, Pennsylvania; United States Penitentiary, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania; United States Penitentiary Canaan, Pennsylvania; and the Federal Correctional Institution, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania. The incumbent will be expected to provide advice and guidance to all levels of staff at these correctional 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 must have 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.
The incumbent will be responsible, among other tasks and duties, for responding to legal issues involving conditions of confinement arising out of the specialized mental health unit, to include but not limited to, administrative remedy responses, requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act, replies to official correspondence, litigation, commitment orders, and general advice and guidance.
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 Bureau of Prisons correctional 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 successful 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 issues 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.
Applicants must have a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 1 year of post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.
Preferred qualifications: Prior experience in correctional law is highly desired.
Applicants must submit a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience, resume and a writing sample by March 9, 2015, to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Northeast Regional Office
2nd & Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
Attention: Michael Tafelski, Regional Counsel
You may also submit your application via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This position is open until filled, but no later than March 9, 2015.