The legal practice at the legal office at the Consolidated Legal Center (CLC) Brooklyn, covers a wide variety of issues focusing on correctional law and litigation, either through administrative or litigation channels. and includes such matters as inmates' reasonable access to the courts (through access to legal materials, legal correspondence, and attorney-client visits), conditions of confinement issues, such as medical care, diet and religious accommodations, housing assignments, hygiene & sanitation, and inmate discipline. This practice will also include FOIA litigation and prosecution assistance regarding crimes involving correctional operations, and matters processed through the Federal Tort Claims.
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 position includes being involved in legal operations associated with MDC Brooklyn and the Federal Correctional Institution, Otisville, New York. The incumbent will be expected to provide advice and guidance to all levels of staff at these correctional facilities, including members of the Executive Staff. The incumbent will be significantly involved in preparing litigation reports and pleadings to various litigation filed against staff and the United States, as well as handle the adjudication of administrative tort claims. The incumbent will also be expected to communicate with defense attorneys, prosecutors, federal courts, and agency officials. The incumbent must have thorough knowledge of all aspects of BOP policy and practice as he/she may be required to appear in District Court on short notice to explain and advocate the agency's rationale for its correctional management decisions.
This is a primary law enforcement position. In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3307, the maximum entry age of 36 has been established for initial appointment to a position in a Bureau of Prisons correctional institution. If you are above the maximum entry age and have prior federal law enforcement coverage, you must submit an SF-50 to verify prior coverage. Qualified Preference Eligible Veterans may be exempt from meeting the maximum age. The duties of this position may at times require frequent and direct contact with individuals in confinement who are suspected or convicted of serious criminal offenses. It has also been determined the duties of this position require experience and knowledge of the on-the-job responsibilities of a primary law enforcement officer working in a detention facility. A prerequisite requirement of this position is the successful completion of “Institution Familiarization” and, the satisfactory completion of a mandatory course in “Introduction to Correctional Techniques.”
Because of the nature and mission of this position, it requires "hands-on" understanding of the issues encompassed in working within an institution. The incumbent may be called on to perform as a law enforcement officer in a correctional environment during training, emergency situations, times of staff shortages, and under any other type of correctional operating crisis. Specific correctional responsibilities may include custody and supervision of inmates, responding to emergencies and institution disturbances, participating in fog and escape patrols, and assuming correctional officer posts when necessary. The incumbent may be required to shakedown inmates and conduct visual searches in their work or living area for contraband. The incumbent must be prepared to use physical control in situations where necessary, such as in fights among inmates, assaults on staff, and riots or escape attempts.
Required Qualifications: Applicants must have a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least one (1) year post-JD legal or other relevant experience.
Preferred qualification: Prior experience in correctional law is preferred, but not required.
Applicants must submit a resume, a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience) and a writing sample by September 22, 2023 to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Northeast Regional Office
US Customs House
2nd and Chestnut Street, 7th Floor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
It is preferred that you submit your application materials via email to email@example.com.
No telephone calls please. This position is open until filled, but no later than September 22, 2023.
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.