The mission of the Litigation Branch is to provide support to attorneys in the Department of Justice (DOJ) components (e.g., Civil, Criminal, and the Solicitor General's Office) and in the U.S. Attorney's Offices on litigation filed in the District of Columbia and on cases having national impact on Bureau programs and policies. The Litigation Branch also oversees claims filed under the Federal Tort Claims Act. The Litigation Branch is responsible for analyzing all adverse decisions against the Bureau to determine if appeal is warranted; this entails working closely with DOJ appellate attorneys and attorneys in the Solicitor General's Office. The Litigation Branch reviews cases before the Supreme Court and advises attorneys in the Solicitor General's Office of the Bureau's position. The Litigation Branch works with and advises the Assistant Director/General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel, Assistant Directors, Regional Directors, and Wardens, and their management staff, as well as attorneys in the U.S. Attorney's Offices and the DOJ on issues related to Bureau litigation.
As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.
The incumbent will have the opportunity to work with Central Office, regional and institution management and line staff with respect to litigation affecting the Bureau of Prisons, as well as attorneys in the Solicitors General's Office and other attorneys in the DOJ and in the U. S. Attorney's Offices. The incumbent's responsibilities include: analyzing adverse decisions against the BOP and drafting recommendations to DOJ for the Assistant Director/General Counsel's signature, this includes cases before the Supreme Court; analyzing adverse decisions against other correctional agencies and developing a position for the Bureau on amicus participation by the United States in the Supreme Court; developing an expertise in the Prisoner Litigation Reform Act, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and constitutional issues affecting Bureau litigation; providing training to Bureau and DOJ attorneys on issues affecting Bureau litigation; and participating in moot courts with assistant U.S. attorneys and DOJ attorneys.
The primary duties of the incumbent will be to manage Bureau prisoner litigation and related discovery as well as respond to legal issues involving conditions of confinement, including but not limited to, claims made pursuant to the Federal Tort Claims Act, administrative remedy request and appeals, and replies to official correspondence.
Applicant must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least 1 year of post-J.D. experience.
Preferred qualifications: Some litigation experience is desired.
Applicants must submit a cover letter highlighting relevant experience, a resume and a writing sample via email to Corinne Nastro, Associate General Counsel/Branch Chief at email@example.com. Please include the subject line as “LIT Attorney-Advisor”.
No telephone calls please. This position is open until filled, but no later than July 27, 2022.
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.