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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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
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.