The Office of Foreign Litigation (OFL), in its capacity as the Office of International Judicial Assistance (OIJA), acts as the U.S. Central Authority for incoming request for international judicial assistance to serve process or obtain evidence in civil or commercial matters. The requests are based upon, and require knowledge of, various treaties, including the Hague Evidence Convention, the Hague Service Convention, and the Inter-American Convention on Letters Rogatory and Additional Protocol. Foreign countries, particularly non-Convention states, also may transmit service or evidence requests to the United States through diplomatic channels. OIJA also serves as a liaison to other Central Authorities, participates in meetings and conferences regarding international judicial assistance, and provides advice to appropriate entities and individuals. OIJA does not handle evidence requests in criminal matters, including requests made pursuant to mutual legal assistance treaties; nor does it execute requests for service in foreign countries or obtain evidence located abroad. Apart from its OIJA functions, OFL is responsible for handling litigation in foreign courts in which the United States is a party or has an interest. In addition to its Washington, DC office, OFL maintains a London field office to coordinate litigation in European countries. This announcement is limited to a position in the Washington, DC office only.
OFL is seeking one experienced attorney to work primarily with OIJA in the Washington, DC office. The incumbent's primary responsibility will be to administer incoming international judicial assistance requests, to develop and maintain procedures to ensure prompt and appropriate responses, and to coordinate with the Offices of the United States Attorneys and other government agencies to execute evidence requests. OIJA receives over 600 judicial assistance requests for evidence per year primarily pursuant to the Hague Evidence Convention. The incumbent also provides advice concerning individual judicial assistance requests and guidance regarding legal issues that commonly arise. The incumbent also serves as a liaison with foreign judicial authorities, foreign embassies, other Central Authorities, and the United States Department of State to monitor the execution of outstanding requests and respond to inquiries concerning U.S. practices and procedures. On occasion, the incumbent is responsible for communicating with the Hague Permanent Bureau, the Organization of American States, and other Central Authorities concerning the status of treaties, practices, and procedures for obtaining evidence or serving process. The incumbent may also respond to public inquiries concerning the operation of the treaties and procedures for obtaining evidence or serving process. The incumbent will be responsible for reviewing attempts to serve the United States pursuant to the Hague Service Convention. The incumbent may also provide guidance to United States Government attorneys seeking evidence abroad or attempting to serve individuals abroad.
Although the incumbent will be principally assigned to OIJA, the incumbent may participate in OFL activities regarding pending or potential foreign litigation.
Applicants must be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), have at least two years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-13 level; have at least three years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-14 level; and four years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-15 level. You must also be a U.S. citizen.
Applicants should have an exceptional academic background, experience in international law or foreign comparative law, (including an understanding of treaty law), and significant experience in complex litigation on behalf of the United States are desirable.
Applicants should have a strong interest in litigation, as well as excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills. Excellent writing skills and good judgment are critical; foreign language skills are desirable. The incumbent must be comfortable in communicating with people, some of whom may have limited oral or written English skills or come from foreign cultures, and must be willing to adjust work schedules, as required, to accommodate international time zones and imminent deadlines. The successful applicant must be able to work independently.
You must submit your application so that it will be RECEIVED by the closing date of the announcement, Eastern Standard Time. No telephone calls please.
Applications must be Emailed to ForLit.Vacancies@usdoj.gov
Please use Announcement '#OIJA-2015-02' as your SUBJECT LINE.
Writing Sample (consisting of a legal brief authored by the applicant, no more than 20 pages)
Current performance appraisal
List of references
Veteran Preference document (if applicable)