The United States Department of Justice, Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), is seeking experienced federal government attorneys for the position of Assistant Counsel in Washington, D.C. The Assistant Counsel investigates allegations of professional misconduct made against federal prosecutors and other Justice Department attorneys, formulates findings and conclusions, and drafts formal investigative reports to senior Department of Justice officials.
OPR was created in 1975 in response to revelations of ethical abuses and misconduct by Justice Department officials in the Watergate scandal. OPR conducts investigations of allegations of misconduct by Department attorneys and law enforcement personnel that relate to the exercise of an attorney's authority to investigate, litigate or provide legal advice. Matters investigated by OPR include allegations that Department attorneys have violated or disregarded obligations and standards of conduct imposed by the Constitution, federal statutes, court decisions, orders, rules, regulations, Department policies, and applicable state bar rules.
In their investigations, Assistant Counsels confront a wide range of legal and ethical issues arising in connection with the Department's legal activities around the country. Investigations include extremely sensitive matters and frequently require contact with senior officials in U.S. Attorneys' Offices and litigating divisions of the Department. OPR reports its investigative findings and conclusions to the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General and identifies for their consideration issues relating to Department policies, practices and procedures.
The incumbent of this position will:
- review and analyze allegations of misconduct to determine whether they are within OPR's jurisdiction, and, if so, develop an investigative plan delineating the scope and direction of the investigation;
- conduct a thorough investigation of the allegations, including reviewing all relevant documents and interviewing witnesses;
- conduct necessary legal research and prepare a thorough memorandum or report of investigation addressing the allegations and setting forth OPR's findings and conclusions as to whether the subject of the investigation engaged in professional misconduct;
- conduct special projects or assignments as assigned by the Counsel.
Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 5 years of relevant post-J.D. experience. Applicants must be currently employed as a federal government attorney. Applicants must be familiar with the rules imposed on prosecutors and other government attorneys by the Constitution, federal statutes, court decisions, orders, rules, regulations, Department policies, and applicable state bar rules. Applicants must have superior academic and professional credentials and exceptional writing and oral communication skills. Applicants must also possess the legal skills and sound judgment necessary to evaluate the sensitive issues that arise in the course of attorney misconduct investigations.
Preferred qualifications: It is necessary that applicants have substantial criminal and/or civil litigation experience. A knowledge of, and familiarity with the rules of professional responsibility is preferred but not required. Applicants must have superior academic and professional credentials and exceptional writing and oral communication skills.
Interested candidates should submit:
1) a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience),
2) a resume or Optional Form 612 (OF-612 Application for Federal Employment),
3) an unofficial law school transcript,
4) a writing sample, and
5) an official certificate showing that the applicant is an active member in good standing of the bar The application materials are required to be submitted by all applicants including attorneys currently appointed to positions in the Department of Justice to:
Robin C. Ashton, Counsel
Attn: Attorney Hiring Committee
Office of Professional Responsibility
U.S. Department of Justice, Room 3266
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20530
No telephone calls please. Applications must be received by Monday, August 3, 2015.
Alternatively, applications may be emailed to OPR.Applications@usdoj.gov. Please reference announcement OPR ATY 15-001 in the e-mail subject line and in your cover letter.
To receive consideration, the complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 pm (EST) on Monday, August 3, 2015. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
For more information about OPR, please visit our Web page at: http://www.usdoj.gov/opr.
This and selected other legal position announcements may be found on the Internet at: http://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/attorneys-vacancies and http://dojnet.doj.gov/oarm/attvacancies.php.