This position is limited to current Department of Justice employees and may be filled by a reimbursable detail assignment. Conditions of the detail will be handled on a case-by-case basis and will require an agreement between the gaining and losing components. This assignment is for two years with the possibility of an extension and is expected to begin in October of 2015.
The United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Office of International Affairs (OIA) is seeking an experienced attorney to be detailed as OIA's representative and Department of Justice Attaché to Thailand and other countries of Southeast Asia, stationed at the United States Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. This position has also been cross designated by the Attorney General as the Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Coordinator (IPLEC) for Asia. The attorney will work as a member of OIA, responsible for fugitive apprehension matters, mutual assistance requests and other operational matters between the United States and Thailand, and several other countries of Southeast Asia, providing liaison and case support to OIA and U.S. and foreign officials in Thailand and other countries in the region. The individual selected will also work in concert with the Criminal Division's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) to implement the Departments' intellectual property (IP) strategy for the region. In addition, the attorney will support the Criminal Division and the Department in the formulation and execution of a wide array of bilateral and regional law enforcement and criminal justice programs and policies.
This is a reimbursable detail opportunity for two years with the possibility of a one year extension and is expected to begin in the summer of 2015. The successful candidate will be required to serve and successfully complete an initial, temporary detail at the Office of International Affairs in Washington, D.C. for approximately thirty (30) to sixty (60) days prior to receiving final clearance and reporting to the duty station in Bangkok. The detail is funded by the Criminal Division.
The responsibilities of this position include:
- Preparing and monitoring U.S.-Thailand extradition requests and requests for legal assistance in criminal matters, as well as requests regarding the return of fugitives and mutual legal assistance to and from assigned countries in the region, and resolving problems regarding those requests. Frequent travel between Bangkok and other Southeast Asian countries will be required;
- Working with U.S., Thai and Southeast Asian authorities in connection with criminal investigations and prosecutions;
- Providing assistance and training to foreign law enforcement agencies on IP enforcement and assisting U.S. prosecutors and agents in the development and coordination of intellectual property cases involving Asia;
- Serving generally as liaison to prosecution, law enforcement and judicial authorities in the assigned region to assure that the law enforcement interests of the Department of Justice are understood and given adequate consideration by the foreign governments;
- Developing expertise in the criminal laws and procedures of Thailand and other assigned countries in the region in order to assist U.S. authorities with questions on law enforcement matters, and assisting foreign authorities with questions regarding U.S. criminal laws and procedures, all with a view toward better cooperation and coordination through mutual understanding;
- Working with and advising all law enforcement agencies and appropriate Embassy personnel stationed in Bangkok and other assigned countries in region on transnational criminal issues;
- Working closely with senior Department of State (DOS) officials on international criminal matters, with a particular view toward clearly articulating the interests of the Department of Justice, and working toward effective integration of those interests with the policies and priorities of the Embassy and the DOS.
Required: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, territory, or the District of Columbia, have at least five (5) years of post-J.D. legal experience, be a current employee of the Department of Justice with extensive experience in the field of criminal law and the prosecution of criminal offenders, and have a strong background working with international requests for extradition and mutual legal assistance. Applicants must have, or be able to obtain, and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
Applicants should also have:
- Significant experience dealing with complex legal and policy issues;
- Experience in developing and litigating federal criminal cases involving international extradition and mutual legal assistance;
- Excellent writing and editing ability;
- Working knowledge of federal and state judicial systems, prosecution, investigative and regulatory agencies;
- Experience in dealing with foreign governments, officials and judicial systems;
- Ability to establish and maintain harmonious relations with state and federal law enforcement agencies, representatives of foreign governments and the public, and the ability to supervise paralegal support staff;
- Ability to formulate, implement and effectively advocate Department of Justice policies on all matters relating to the assigned areas;
- Ability to manage an office, budget and personnel while working in a fast-paced, high-volume work environment;
- Familiarity with national security issues;
- Experience in implementing international agreements;
- Understanding of Department of State practices and regulations, including experience in working with diplomatic notes;
- Experience in working with criminal investigations and prosecutions relating to violations of U.S. intellectual property laws.
All interested attorneys meeting these qualifications should submit a resume, cover letter and short writing sample (no more than 10 pages) to:
Position Bangkok on your DOJ Global Address Book, or Bangkok.Position@usdoj.gov.
Submissions must be timed stamped no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, on May 29, 2015. This announcement may be closed prior to the closing date if a selection is made.