The Consumer Protection Branch (CPB) enforces federal consumer protection laws throughout the United States. CPB brings both criminal prosecutions and civil enforcement actions in matters of national importance related to adulterated and misbranded products, consumer frauds, and data-privacy violations. The Branch also defends against suits in district courts challenging consumer protection agencies’ regulatory actions. The Branch works closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other consumer protection agencies. For more information visit: https://www.justice.gov/civil/consumer-protection-branch.
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 Consumer Protection Branch seeks Department of Justice attorneys to serve on one-year non-reimbursable details to handle enforcement actions related to electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) products, including e-cigarettes. Responding to an increase in youth usage of flavored ENDS products, the FDA recently has taken actions to prohibit or restrict the sale of certain ENDS products that fail to meet the standard Congress established to protect the public health. The Branch expects that civil and criminal enforcement efforts will likely be necessary to address continued sales of prohibited products. Detailee attorneys will have the opportunity to work on the full range of anticipated affirmative litigation.
Detailee attorneys will work closely with attorneys from CPB and various U.S. Attorney’s Offices to investigate and pursue appropriate civil and criminal cases. Detailee attorneys also will engage regularly with FDA personnel and Department leadership.
In addition, detailee attorneys may have the ability to handle other affirmative matters across the range of CPB’s work, including matters related to prescription drug diversion, consumer frauds, and data-privacy violations.
Detailees may perform work from their current home district so long as they are able to travel as required for court proceedings.
Required Qualifications: Applicants must be a current Department of Justice attorney with a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) and have at least three years of post-J.D. experience. Applicants also must have excellent writing, research, and advocacy skills.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience handling affirmative civil or criminal enforcement actions, as well as prior service as a federal judicial law clerk is preferred.
Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (not more than 10 pages in length) by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
On the subject line, please put “CPB – Trial Attorney Detail Application.” No telephone calls, please.
Applicants may also send their materials by commercial courier service (FedEx or UPS) to:
Mr. Vincent Shuler
U.S. Department of Justice
Consumer Protection Branch
450 5th St., NW, Ste. 6400
Washington, D.C. 20530
Before submitting application materials, applicants should secure support to apply for this detail opportunity from their home district supervisor.
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.