ATF is a unique law enforcement agency in the United States Department of Justice that protects our communities from acts of terrorism, violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products. We partner with communities, industries, law enforcement, and public safety agencies to safeguard the public we serve through information sharing, training, research, and use of technology.
This position is located in the Office of the Chief Counsel, Litigation Division, Washington, D.C. The incumbent functions as an advocate and legal advisor on a wide variety of matters involving litigation on behalf of the Bureau.
The incumbent is primarily responsible for serving as the agency representative in litigation before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and acts as second chair in MSPB and EEOC litigation reaching the Federal district and appellate courts. As needed, the attorney may also serve as agency counsel in litigation involving the Federal Tort Claims Act, Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of Federal Bureau of Narcotics, the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, or the Administrative Procedure Act.
Conducts extensive research and analysis, applying the pertinent laws, regulations, judicial decisions, administrative opinions, and Department and Bureau rulings, to defend actions brought against the Bureau, its employees and the laws it is charged with administering and enforcing. This includes providing thorough and comprehensive litigation reports, motions, memoranda and briefs to the Department of Justice; filing pleadings with the MSPB and EEOC, attending hearings, settlement conferences, mediations, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution; gathering, organizing, and providing responses to discovery requests, and seeking discovery.
Reviews decisions by the courts and other tribunals that were unfavorable to the Government to determine whether to recommend seeking appellate review, which includes considering the effect of the decision as precedent if allowed to stand, the need for consistent application of the law in all jurisdictions, the sufficiency of evidence, and the amount of damages at issue. If an appeal is recommended and approved, may assist in the preparation of the Government’s case before the appellate court.
Provides advice on questions of law or policy involved in the Bureau’s operations, conducts briefings on case status, gives guidance as to litigation risk to ATF officials, and confers with other Department and Government attorneys to defend lawsuits.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school.
Specialized Experience is experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
Specialized experience for this position includes:
1. Knowledge of the Federal firearms and explosives laws and the Administrative Procedure Act
2. Extensive experience with the MSPB and EEOC processes and procedures
3. Experience with the resolution of administrative claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA); and the Military Personnel and Civilian Employees Claims Act; and, litigation involving the FTCA, Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of Federal Bureau of Narcotics, the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act.
4. Superior analytical and writing skills Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school. In addition, all applicants, must be active members in good standing of the bar of any state or territory, or the District of Columbia.
All applicants must meet all qualifications requirements described in this announcement by the closing date.
All applicants must have five (5) years of experience as a practicing attorney in litigation; and experience with the Merit System Protection Board and Equal Employment Occupation Commission processes and procedures.
The how to apply instructions can be found in VA #16-EXC-297-EMH on USAJOBS.OPM.GOV.
All applications and resume must be submitted on-line through USAJOBS under vacancy announcement number 16-EXC-297-EMH and received by the closing date.
If you have questions or are unable to submit your application through USAJOBS, please contact Ella Hathaway, Human Resources Specialist, at (202) 648-8835.
Internet sites: http://www.atf.gov/content/Careers/careers-at-ATF (use this internet site to access the on-line application in USAJOBS). This and other attorney vacancy announcements with the Department of Justice can be found at http://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/vacancies