The legal practice at the Consolidated Legal Center (CLC), Federal Correctional Complex, Coleman, Florida, covers a wide variety of issues focusing on correctional law issues raised in habeas corpus petitions, personal liability under Bivens, and the FTCA. The CLC is involved in various administrative grievances, such as FTCA tort claims and FOIA requests. The litigation, legal advice, and administrative matters involve a wide variety of issues, such as inmates' reasonable access to the courts, conditions of confinement, medical care, diet and religious accommodations, housing assignments, hygiene and sanitation, and discipline. The CLC is staffed with a Supervisory Attorney, two non-supervisory attorneys, one paralegal, and one legal assistant. Although the legal staff are considered regional employees, the CLC is located on the grounds of the Federal Correctional Complex, Coleman, Florida.
The incumbent will be expected to provide advice and guidance to all levels of staff at the correctional facilities, including members of the Executive staff. The incumbent will also be expected to communicate with defense attorneys, prosecutors, federal courts and agency officials. The incumbent will need to develop a 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. An age waiver to this requirement may be requested for preference eligible veteran candidates. 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 that the duties of this position require experience and knowledge of the on-the-job responsibilities of a primary law enforcement officer working in a correctional facility. A prerequisite requirement of this position is the 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 operating problems 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.
Interested applicants must have a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least three years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.
Preferred qualifications: Prior experience in correctional law is highly desired.
Applicants must submit a resume, a cover letter highlighting relevant experience, and a writing sample. This application should be received no later than March 9, 2015, and mailed to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Southeast Regional Office
3800 Camp Creek Parkway, SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30331
Attention: Lisa M. Sunderman, Regional Counsel
It is preferred that you submit your application packet via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. You should receive a confirmation receipt from Lisa Sunderman via email within two business days. If you do not receive confirmation from Lisa Sunderman, Regional Counsel, please contact her at 678-686-1260. Your application may be blocked if it is too large.
This position is open until filled, but no later than March 9, 2015.