The Office of Chief Counsel provides legal services and guidance to all components of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in matters that arise in the conduct of DEA missions to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States. The office provides legal support to the DEA by analyzing the legal implications involved in policy decisions, advising and training DEA personnel worldwide on criminal, civil, and regulatory legal issues, reviewing pertinent proposed legislation and regulations affecting DEA operations, and representing DEA in civil and administrative litigation.
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.
This is a part-time position (20-32 hours per week). The attorney will be primarily responsible for serving as legal advisor on all issues related to the diversion of legally produced controlled substances and listed chemicals into illegitimate channels. Responsibilities will cover the gamut of regulatory matters mandated by the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), including drug and chemical control, drug scheduling actions, and quotas. The attorney will review and provide legal advice on relevant legislative proposals and agency policies. Additionally, the attorney will review all rules and regulations affecting the legitimate handling of controlled substances and listed chemicals, and evaluate them for compliance with the requirements of federal statutes including the CSA and the Administrative Procedure Act.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least eight (8) years post-J.D. legal experience. Applicants must also possess excellent oral and written advocacy and legal research skills. Applicants should have an exceptional academic background. The ideal candidate should have prior experience in federal regulatory law. Applicants should also meet eligibility requirements for a Top Secret Clearance.
Extensive knowledge of the Administrative Procedure Act is required. Knowledge of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) or some training or experience in scientific areas such as biochemistry or pharmacology is highly desirable but not required.
Applicants must submit a detailed resume, a cover letter highlighting relevant experience, and a legal writing sample to:
Drug Enforcement Administration
Office of Chief Counsel
Chief, Diversion and Regulatory Policy Section (CCR)
ATTN: Elizabeth Murphy/Associate Chief Counsel
8701 Morrissette Drive
Springfield, Virginia 22152
No telephone calls, please. Applications must be received by March 6, 2015.
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.