While this vacancy announcement expires on August 31, 2015, the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made. This assignment is for a period of up to 12 months, beginning in or about September 2015, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be effected by detail appointment.
About the Office: The mission of the Criminal Division's Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS) is to take the profit out of crime. AFMLS pursues criminal prosecutions and forfeiture actions against (1) financial institutions and their officers and employees engaged in money laundering, Bank Secrecy Act, and sanctions violations; and (2) attorneys, financial professionals, and other facilitators who move money for transnational criminal organizations. In addition, (3) AFMLS forfeits the proceeds of high level foreign corruption, and prosecutes third party money launderers who move corruption proceeds, through the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative.
AFMLS also plays a leadership role in the Department's money laundering and asset forfeiture efforts by: (4) assisting Departmental and interagency policymakers by developing legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives to combat global illicit finance; (5) returning forfeited criminal proceeds to benefit those harmed by crime through remission and restoration processes; (6) distributing forfeited assets to offset the costs to state, local, and foreign law enforcement for partnering with the United States in federal prosecutions; and (7) providing legal and policy assistance and training to federal, state, and local prosecutors and law enforcement personnel, as well as to foreign governments.
AFMLS is comprised of seven units and associated teams, each headed by a Deputy Chief, who report to the principal Deputy Chief. They are: money laundering and bank integrity, forfeiture, international, policy and training, financial intelligence, program operations, and office support units.
This announcement is for two positions assigned to the Office Support Unit, which provides legal assistance to the three litigating units within the section. Core accountabilities include:
- Assisting at all levels in the development of civil and criminal litigation, beginning at the investigation level through to filing pleadings with the court.
- Working closely with attorneys in the preparation and filing of court documents.
- Organizing documents, conducting first-level document review, and coordinating document productions.
- Setting up and maintain files which are organized chronologically, numerically and/or by subject matter.
- Conducting various document searches using document management databases.
- Making copies, scanning, and organizing large volumes of documents for interviews, depositions,and court hearings.
This is a reimbursable detail funded by AFMLS.
Responsibilities and Opportunities Offered: The incumbent must have specialized experience, which includes independently performing a variety of paralegal or legal work which demonstrates proficient knowledge of litigation logistics, document management, discovery, and the organization and maintenance of electronically stored information (ESI) through the use of software programs such as Relativity and Summation. The incumbent will provide essential litigation support by drafting subpoenas, preparing pleadings, organizing documents, and exhibits. As a Litigation Support Specialist the incumbent:
- Skilled in the use automated litigation support systems such as Relativity in order to track and maintain status on document processing in support of large-scale, document heavy, complex litigation.
- Ability to use a law library for legal research and how to use automated legal research services such as Westlaw Next and Lexis/Nexus.
- Perform legal research of relevant statues and precedents relating to pending litigation.
- Knowledgeable and able to provide litigation support, including drafting subpoenas, reviewing responses to subpoenas, maintenance of case files, assisting with the preparation of legal documents.
- Ability to prepare cases for criminal or civil litigation.
- Perform substantive legal analysis and other similar legal support functions.
- Prepare reports on case investigations addressing the legal issues involved, facts disclosed by the investigation, and recommend the course of action to be taken.
- Ability to prioritize and manage a high volume of work under tight deadlines.
Preferred: The successful applicant should also have:
- participated in providing research in support of counsel for pending cases;
- aided in preparing reports on case investigations;
- assisted in preparing cases for criminal or civil litigation trials;
- participated in discovery, pre-trial, trial and post-trial activities;
- the ability to display information in a concise manner, utilizing Microsoft Programs such as, Word, Excel, Power-Point, and Access;
- a high degree of diplomacy, integrity, and tact is essential in coordinating many sensitive Department initiatives
While this vacancy announcement expires on August 31, 2015, the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made. The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
All interested attorneys meeting these qualifications should submit a cover letter and resume to AFMLSAttorney.Hiring@usdoj.gov