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Attorney Advisor / GS-14 - GS-15

Hiring Organization
Office of the Deputy Attorney General (ODAG)
Hiring Office
Professional Misconduct Review Unit (PMRU)
Job ID
Employee's Current Duty Station
Washington, DC 20530 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The PMRU: The PMRU handles disciplinary and state bar referral actions involving Department attorneys after the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) has found that an attorney has engaged in intentional or reckless professional misconduct. The PMRU is dedicated exclusively to the fair, but expeditious resolution of disciplinary matters arising out of such findings of professional misconduct by OPR. Moreover, the PMRU provides Department attorneys with a fair opportunity to contest OPR's findings of professional misconduct and any disciplinary actions arising from such findings, and provides a mechanism for Components to supply essential information regarding the factors that must be weighed to determine the appropriate sanction, once a misconduct finding is sustained.

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.

Job Description

Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The United States Department of Justice is seeking experienced attorneys with a litigation or prosecutorial background to be detailed to the Professional Misconduct Review Unit (PMRU). PMRU Attorneys:

· review final reports of investigation issued by the Office of Professional Responsibility when the PMRU Chief has made a preliminary finding that a Department attorney has engaged in professional misconduct;

· the PMRU Attorney will conduct an in-depth, de novo review of the OPR ROI and the record evidence; and,

· if appropriate, propose the specific discipline that should be imposed on the Department attorney after analyzing such factors as the nature of the misconduct, the past disciplinary record and prior performance of the attorney, and the consistency of the penalty with those imposed on other Department attorneys for the same offense in the same or similar circumstances.

PMRU Attorneys are responsible for issuing written memoranda explaining their disciplinary proposals, and consequently detailees must possess a keen analytical mind and strong writing skills. Further, because the disciplinary process must be completed within established timeframes, candidates must be organized and self-motivated.

Detailees will work under the general supervision of the Chief of the Professional Misconduct Review Unit. The detail to the PMRU will be for a period of eighteen months, but may be extended if all parties agree. Detailees will remain in their current office space or will be provided an opportunity to work from home, if feasible and provided a telework agreement is in place. The office from which an attorney is detailed will not be reimbursed.

In addition to the above-noted duties, the detailee will be responsible for providing advice and guidance to the Chief of the PMRU and the leadership of the Department regarding professional misconduct issues, and coordinating and executing special projects or assignments at the direction of the PMRU Chief.


The candidate must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a state, territory, or the District of Columbia, and have relevant post-J.D. legal experience. A minimum of 10 years of legal experience and extensive experience as a federal prosecutor or as a litigating attorney for the Department of Justice is required.

Application Process

Submission Process and Deadline: Applicants are required to submit a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience), a résumé or OF-612 (Optional Application for Federal Employment), and at least one writing sample. Please reference announcement PMRU ATY-0115 in your cover letter. All applications must be submitted no later than the closing date of August 21, 2015.

Applicants are encouraged to email applications to rather than mail them.

No telephone calls please.

U.S. Department of Justice
Professional Misconduct Review Unit
Office of the Deputy Attorney General (Attn: James Dinan /SeLena Powell)
950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Room 4110
Washington, D.C. 20530

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The salary level is in the GS-14 to GS-15 and/or its AD equivalent ($107,325 - $158,700) range. Selectee will remain at his or her current rate of pay. This is a non-reimbursable detail assignment.

Number of Positions
Travel will be minimal to non-existent.
Relocation Expenses

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:  The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. See list of DPOCs.   

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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Updated April 7, 2016