The Civil Rights Division (Division) of the Department of Justice (Department), created by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division is primarily responsible for enforcing federal statutes and executive orders that prohibit, among other things, unlawful discrimination in education, employment, housing, police service, public accommodations and facilities, voting, and federally funded and conducted programs. The Division also has jurisdiction to enforce constitutional prohibitions on certain conduct by law enforcement agencies and public residential institutions, such as health care and correctional facilities.
The Disability Rights Section (Section or DRS) enforces civil rights laws designed to protect persons with disabilities from illegal discrimination in employment, public services, and public accommodations and services operated by private entities. The Section conducts investigations, brings lawsuits, and monitors compliance with court orders and settlements. The Section also promulgates regulations to interpret and implement the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and develops sub-regulatory guidance explaining the requirements of the ADA. The Section provides technical assistance to the general public, to State and local governments, to private entities covered by Title III, and to persons with disabilities, and operates the ADA Information Line, the ADA Mediation Program, and the ADA website, ADA.gov.
This is a non-reimbursable full-time detail opportunity not to exceed 10 months. The detail may be extended if all parties are in agreement. Attorneys already employed in the Federal Government on permanent positions and serving on appointments with no time limitation are eligible to apply. Interested candidates should be available to start the detail within approximately two weeks of selection.
Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The responsibilities for the attorneys selected under this announcement will focus on the Division's policy making (including rulemaking and administrative law) efforts under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Attorney Advisors will work with the team that is charged with drafting, developing and publishing regulations that implement the disability nondiscrimination obligations of the ADA. The team is currently working on regulations governing the accessibility of websites for public accommodations and state and local governments, as well as regulations governing movie captioning and audio description in movie theatres and the implementation of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.
Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction), and possess at least one year of post-professional law degree experience. Applicants must possess excellent legal writing skills, strong interpersonal skills, sound professional judgment, the ability to work independently and as an active participant on project-focused teams, and be able to excel and produce a sound work product in a demanding environment.
Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of titles II and III of the ADA, including the ADA implementing regulations, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is preferred. Knowledge of rulemaking processes and administrative law is also preferred.
How to Apply: Interested Federal Government attorneys should submit: (1) a resume; (2) your most recent permanent appraisal; and (3) a cover letter describing your interest in the detail. Applications must be e-mailed to: crt.vacancies-DRS@usdoj.gov (please put the word “DETAIL” in the subject line.