The National Security Division (NSD) leads the Department's efforts to prevent and combat terrorism and to protect the national security. NSD provides legal and policy advice on national security matters, litigates counterterrorism, counterespionage, and foreign intelligence surveillance matters, represents the Government before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and other federal trial and appellate courts, and conducts oversight over FBI national security investigations and foreign intelligence collection.
The Counterespionage Section (CES) investigates, prosecutes and supervises the investigation and prosecution of cases affecting the national security and foreign relations of the United States, including espionage and sabotage involving traditional and cyber activities, violations of trade embargoes, and cases involving the illegal export of military and/or strategic commodities, which increasingly involve computer hacking and unauthorized exfiltration. The Section has exclusive responsibility for authorizing the prosecution of cases under criminal statutes relating to espionage, sabotage, neutrality and atomic energy. It provides legal advice to U.S. Attorney's Offices and investigates agencies on all matters within its area of responsibility, which includes 90 federal statutes affecting the national security, as well as other cases that affect, relate to, or involve the national security, regardless of the underlying statute. The Section also coordinates criminal cases involving the application of the Classified Information Procedures Act and administers and enforces the Foreign Agents Registration Act and related disclosure statutes.
The Foreign Agents Registration Unit is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), a disclosure statute that requires persons acting as agents of foreign principals to make periodic public disclosure of their relationship with the foreign principal, as well as activities, receipts and disbursements in support of those activities. Disclosure of the required information facilitates evaluation by the government and the American people of the statements and activities of such persons in light of their function as foreign agents.
This position is in the Foreign Agents Registration Unit. CES-FARA attorneys assess registration obligations and offer advice on statute requirements, provide legal counsel to staff while conducting inspections of the books and records of registered foreign agents; analyze legislation affecting domestic and foreign lobbyists, including the preparation of legal positions, comments, and legislative amendments; and prepare and present oral and written opinions regarding enforcement of FARA. In addition, they provide legal advice and guidance to the investigative and intelligence communities in the development of FARA-related cases for prosecution, and they assist the United States Attorney's Offices when prosecution is undertaken, ensuring, among other things, that intelligence community equities are identified and protected.
This position may be filled as full-time or part-time.
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 and have at least 1.5 year of post-J.D. legal experience. Applicants should have an interest in national security matters and possess excellent writing skills. Experience with the intelligence community is helpful though not required. Applicants must be able to obtain a TS/SCI clearance.
To apply for this position, please submit a resume, a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience), a writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages), a current performance appraisal (if applicable) electronically to:
U.S. Department of Justice
600 E Street, NW, Room10606
Washington, DC 20004
ATTN: Heather Hunt
No telephone calls please.
Or apply by email to: CESattorneyvacancy@usdoj.gov with the subject line "Attorney Vacancy.