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 South Carolina CLC is under the management of the on-site Supervisory Attorney, who works for the Southeast Regional Office in Atlanta, Georgia.
The position includes being involved in a legal office that oversees the legal operations associated with the following four correctional institutions: Federal Correctional Institution, Edgefield, South Carolina; Federal Correctional Institution, Estill, South Carolina; Federal Correctional Institution, Williamsburg, South Carolina; and Federal Correctional Institution, Bennettsville, South Carolina. 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, the private bar, 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.
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 institution. An age waiver to this requirement may be requested for preference eligible veteran candidates. 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 a correctional institution. The incumbent may be called upon 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 fights among inmates, assaults on staff, and riots or escape attempts.
Interested applicants must have a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 1 year 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 May 26, 2015, to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Southeast Regional Office
3800 Camp Creek Parkway, SW
Atlanta, GA 30331-6226
Attention: Lisa Sunderman, Regional Counsel
It is preferred that you submit your application packet via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You should receive a confirmation receipt from Lisa Sunderman via email within two business days. If you do not receive confirmation from Lisa Sunderman, Regional Counsel, please contact her at 678-868-1260. Your application may be blocked if it is too large.
This position is open until filled, but no later than May 26, 2015.