The legal practice at the Los Angeles Consolidated Legal Center (Los Angeles CLC) covers a wide variety of issues focusing on correctional law, either through administrative channels or litigation in federal court. Issues include such matters as inmates' reasonable access to the courts (e.g., access to legal materials, legal correspondence, and attorney-client visits), conditions of confinement (e.g., medical care, diet and religious accommodations, housing assignments, hygiene & sanitation, and post-sentence administration (e.g., sentence computation and inmate discipline).
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.
This position is part of the Los Angeles CLC, a legal team that oversees legal matters in the Central District of California associated with Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) operations, which includes the following correctional institutions: Metropolitan Detention Center at Los Angeles (MDC LA), Federal Correctional Institution at Terminal Island (FCI Terminal Island), Federal Correctional Complex at Lompoc (FCC Lompoc), and the Federal Correctional Complex at Victorville (FCC Victorville). The incumbent would be the sole attorney at FCC Victorville and report to the Supervisory Attorney located at MDC LA, who oversees the Los Angeles CLC.
As a member of the Los Angeles CLC, the incumbent is expected to provide advice and guidance to all levels of staff at these correctional facilities, including members of the Executive Staff. The incumbent may also be required to handle other BOP legal matters as assigned, which are outside the Central District of California and pertain to other BOP institutions. 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 or other forums on short notice to explain and advocate the agency's rationale for its correctional management decisions. The incumbent is expected to perform extensive legal research and writing independently with minimal oversight. The incumbent is also expected to learn and adapt to BOP protocols in order to achieve optimal levels of advocacy and persuasion.
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 'Introduction to Correctional Techniques, Phase I' locally and, the satisfactory completion of a mandatory course in 'Introduction to Correctional Techniques, Phase II' at the Staff Training Academy.
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 conduct pat down and visual searches of inmates and search inmate work or living areas 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 during 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 1 year of post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience for the GS-12 level, 2 years for the GS-13 level, and 3 years for the GS-14 level. It should be noted these are minimum requirements for the GS levels; the actual starting GS level will depend on the presence of any specialized knowledge and experience, such as extensive experience in correctional law.
Preferred qualifications: Prior and extensive experience in correctional law and/or federal civil litigation is preferred, but not required.
Applicants must submit a resume, a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience) and a writing sample by May 3, 2023 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 May 3, 2023.
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.