The legal practice at the SeaTac Consolidated Legal Center (CLC) covers a wide variety of issues focusing on correctional law and litigation, either through administrative or litigation channels and includes such matters as inmates' reasonable access to the courts (through access to legal materials, legal correspondence, and attorney-client visits), conditions of confinement, medical care, diet and religious accommodations, housing assignments, hygiene and sanitation, and discipline. The client institutions and legal matters are not limited to those that arise from the Federal Detention Center (FDC) at SeaTac, and may include matters arising from other Bureau of Prisons (BOP) locations. For instance, the SeaTac CLC currently oversees BOP correctional law matters for the Upper Northwest, as well as the District of Hawaii, Alaska and Guam. Other BOP institutions covered by the SeaTac CLC are the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) at Sheridan, Oregon, and FDC Honolulu, Hawaii. As previously mentioned, the incumbent may be assigned cases from outside the SeaTac CLC. The incumbent will be supervised by the Supervisory Attorney at FDC SeaTac.
The incumbent will be involved in preparing litigation reports and pleadings in various litigation filed against staff and the United States as well as handle the adjudication of administrative tort claims. The incumbent will be expected to provide advice and guidance to all levels of staff, including members of the Executive staff. The position requires frequent professional communication 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.
Incumbent is responsible for both independently preparing, and for assisting others in the preparing of litigation responses, and in providing on-going subject matter expertise in trials where suits are filed against the institutions. Must have the ability to read, analyze, and interpret legal pleadings and to prepare thorough, legally sufficient responses for filing in courts or administrative boards in defense of the institution operation. Incumbent will be responsible to assist with discovery matters, including collecting, reviewing, and organizing hard-copy and electronic records, which also includes researching and advocating the agency's interest to protect and limit disclosure as appropriate. Incumbent must be able to take both standard and unique legal issues and to determine appropriate legal strategies, for the purpose of litigation and for drafting responses to pleadings without direct or immediate supervision. Must have the ability to conduct legal research, utilizing Westlaw or equivalent computer-based systems, without direct or immediate supervision. The incumbent must also be able to handle routine clerical and administrative support functions related to a law office, such as entering and maintaining case information in an electronic database.
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. 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 detention 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.
Applicant must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least one year of post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.
Preferred qualifications: Prior experience in correctional law is desired though not required.
Applicants must submit a resume, a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience) and a writing sample by April 3, 2020 to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Western Regional Office
7338 Shoreline Drive
Stockton, California 95219
Attention: Dennis Wong, Regional Counsel
It is preferred that you submit your application packet via e-mail to DWong@bop.gov.
No telephone calls please. This position is open until filled but no later than April, 3, 2020.
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.