The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking attorneys to work in
the following offices within the Office of Chief Counsel (CC):
. Administrative and General Law Section (CCA)
. Diversion and Regulatory Litigation Section (CCD)
. Civil Litigation Section (CCL)
. Domestic Criminal Law Section (CCM)
. Diversion and Regulatory Policy Section (CCR)
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 Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management, U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking attorneys to work in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Office of Chief Counsel (CC). These offices is located in Arlington, Virginia, and provides legal advice and support to DEA management and field offices worldwide.
Administrative and General Law Section (CCA) - The attorney(s) will provide legal advice, assist in policy development, and train agency personnel in the areas of civilian personnel law, procurement and fiscal law, information law (including Freedom of Information Act, the E- Government Act, and DOJ's Touhy regulations), environmental law, and related legal and administrative matters. They will review proposed government contracting and personnel actions, including disciplinary and security clearance, for legal sufficiency. They will represent the agency in bid protest and contract claim litigation before the General Accounting Office and the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals. They will provide litigation support to Assistant United States Attorneys and other DOJ trial counsel in contract litigation, Freedom of Information Act litigation, and other related matters. Experience with large-scale document review and production is preferred, particularly involving the use of programs such as Relativity for identification of documents and redaction.
Diversion and Regulatory Litigation Section (CCD) - Represents DEA in actions regarding the revocation or denial of DEA registrations to handle controlled substances or listed chemicals. The section attorneys coordinate closely with Federal and state law enforcement officials and regulatory agencies (including U.S. Attorneys’ Offices), as DEA administrative actions often occur in parallel with civil and criminal investigations and actions, including criminal indictments and civil penalty actions. Section attorneys coordinate with DEA investigative personnel during the pendency of investigations; provide legal training concerning Diversion issues to agency investigative personnel, and respond to requests for assistance from DEA Division Counsel.
Civil Litigation Section (CCL) - Responsible for providing litigation support to Main Justice and/or US Attorney’s Offices in federal litigation pertaining to Bivens, Title VII, the Federal Tort Claims Act, and other civil matters involving DEA and its employees. Incumbent will also be responsible for representing DEA before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), and for providing legal counsel to DEA management in a variety of personnel/employment law and other civil matters. Litigation includes written discovery, depositions, oral arguments, legal briefs, memoranda, and putting on witnesses at a trial or hearing.
Domestic Criminal Law Section (CCM): - Reviews proposals to utilize sensitive investigative techniques; assists in the development of policies and procedures governing the conduct of criminal investigations conducted by DEA and provides training in criminal law and criminal procedure issues to DEA and other law enforcement personnel; assists DEA agents and supervisors with legal issues that arise in particular cases by articulating and advocating DEA's position to Federal and state prosecutors and to main Justice attorneys, publishes monographs and texts for use by the federal law enforcement community; and provides advice and assistance to United States Attorneys and other elements of the executive branch on criminal issues relating to drug enforcement.
Diversion and Regulatory Policy Section (CCR) - Serves as a legal advisor to the agency on all issues related to the diversion of controlled substances and listed chemicals into illegitimate channels. Responsibilities will include all regulatory issues arising under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), including drug and chemical control, drug scheduling actions, quotas, and other CSA regulatory requirements, often with a focus on combating the current opioid epidemic. Reviews and provides legal advice on relevant legislative proposals, agency correspondence with the regulated industry, agency guidance documents, and related agency policies. Reviews all rules and regulations affecting the legitimate handling of controlled substances and listed chemicals, and evaluates them for compliance with the requirements of federal statutes including the CSA and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).
All applicants must be an active member of a bar in good standing (any jurisdiction) and possess: 1) a J.D. degree; 2) excellent academic credentials; 3) strong oral and written advocacy skills; 4) superior legal research and analytical skills; and 5) a demonstrated ability to function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment. A minimum of five (5) years of legal experience is required.
- Applicants must submit a detailed resume, a cover letter, the below-described Drug Questionnaire, and a legal writing sample by email to DEA.ChiefCounsel.Resumes@usdoj.gov.
- A copy of the drug questionnaire can be located at Employment Requirements (dea.gov). The link to the questionnaire is located under "Employment Requirements." Click on the blue highlighted "DEA Drug Questionnaire" link.
- Applicants must submit a SF-50 and annotate on their resume if they are a current or former Political Appointee (within the last 5 years).
- All application materials must be in at least 12-point font. Writing samples should not exceed 10 pages. The applicant’s cover letter should highlight relevant experience and qualifications applicable to the position.
Current or former Political Appointees (if applicable) - please note on your resume and attach a SF-50. OPM must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information.
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.