The United States Department of Justice, Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), is seeking experienced 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 in good standing in any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, have at least 1.5 years post J.D. experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to the GS-12 grade level, and have a minimum of 2 years of judicial clerkship experience. Examples of specialized experience include: experience in conducting investigations of professional misconduct, preparing pleadings, briefs, and other court papers involving legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; or serving as a judicial clerk who conducted legal research, drafted opinions, prepared bench, research and trial memoranda, performed legal analysis, and briefed the judge on various legal issues. 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. The individuals selected for these positions are required to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance as a condition of employment.
Preferred qualifications: A knowledge of, and familiarity 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 is preferred but not required.
Grade Specific Qualifications:
To qualify at the GS-14 level, applicants must have at least three years of post-J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-13 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: preparing pleadings, motions, affidavits, and other materials involving legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting civil or criminal litigation (to include appellate practitioners); analyzing cases or requests for legal sufficiency; and providing expert legal advice and consultation.
To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have five years of post-J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include preparing court papers and materials, presentations and other written material involving or addressing unique and/or difficult issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting complex civil or criminal litigation (to include appellate practitioners); analyzing complex cases for legal sufficiency; and providing expert, specialized advice and consultation.
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 August 21, 2015.
Alternatively, applications may be emailed to OPR.Applications@usdoj.gov. Please reference announcement OPR ATY 15-002 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 Friday, August 21, 2015. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
For more information about OPR, please visit our Web page at: http://www.usdoj.gov/opr.