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Attorney - Office of International Judicial Assistance

CLB/Office of Foreign Litigation
Washington, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

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.

Job Description: 

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.

$90,823.00 to $158,700.00 / Per Year
Occasional travel. Although usually not extensive, travel, including foreign travel, is required.
Application Process: 

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.


Cover Letter
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)

Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 13, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated April 7, 2016

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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, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf 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 his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).


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