The mission of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS) is to take the profit out of crime. As a Criminal Division component, AFMLS accomplishes its mission by pursuing criminal prosecutions and forfeiture actions against financial institutions and their officers and employees engaged in money laundering, Bank Secrecy Act, and sanctions violations; and attorneys, financial professionals, and other facilitators or third party money launderers who move money for transnational criminal organizations, particularly cybercriminals and the Mexican cartels. In addition, 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: assisting Departmental and interagency policymakers by developing legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives to combat global illicit finance; returning forfeited criminal proceeds to benefit those harmed by crime through remission and restoration processes; distributing forfeited assets to offset the costs to state, local, and foreign law enforcement for partnering with the United States in federal prosecutions; and providing legal and policy assistance and training to federal, state, and local prosecutors and law enforcement personnel, as well as to foreign governments.
The incumbent of this position serves as the Senior Legal Counsel to the Chief of AFMLS.
The Senior Legal Counsel:
Provides guidance and input on the wide array of legal and policy questions decided by the Chief of AFMLS in the Chief's role as principal policy maker for the Forfeiture Program; provides expert counsel and advice on the most complex forfeiture and money laundering matters to senior Department officials.
Consults with the Section Chief, the Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and the Assistant Attorney General concerning legal and policy questions relating to statutes administered by the Section and the status of important cases and initiatives; reviews a large volume of general correspondence, legal opinions, authorizations, instructions, and advisory materials that emanate from the Section; upon request, prepares testimony for congressional committees.
Assists or shares responsibility with the Section Chief, the Principal Deputy Chief and others, as required, in reviewing and planning all policy activities within the Section and implementing the Department's strategic planning for asset forfeiture and money laundering goals. This includes: proposing and reviewing legislative initiatives and Department policies regarding asset forfeiture, money laundering, and the Bank Secrecy Act; assessing the implications of proposed legislation on investigative operations; improving procedures for obtaining oversight and assistance to the U.S. Attorneys' forfeiture litigation; providing legal advice, training, and guidance on specialized aspects of money laundering, asset forfeiture, and the Bank Secrecy Act to the U.S. Attorneys' Offices and investigative organizations.
Provides counsel on legal issues emanating from the investigation or prosecution of complex money laundering cases, asset forfeiture cases, and cases involving financial institutions, including where necessary and appropriate: reviewing proposed court orders and motions; rendering advice as to strategy and evidence problems; reviewing appellate briefs; and supervising, counseling, and advising attorneys in the legal issues present in their cases.
Serves as the Section's liaison with the Office of the Solicitor General, Criminal Appellate, and the appellate sections of other litigating divisions. As necessary, reviews and opines on draft briefs, helps moot Department advocates in advance of precedent setting oral arguments, and provides Section input as needed on the most sensitive and complicated legal issues facing the money laundering and asset forfeiture programs.
In close coordination with the Section Chief and the Principal Deputy Chief, and as necessary, participates in public conferences, seminars, and meetings to promote the Section's mission and represents the Section in the interagency setting.
Demonstrates a strong commitment and support for the Division's equal employment policies and programs to enhance workforce diversity; promotes merit promotion principles in all aspects of personnel hiring, promotions, training and development and employee retention.
Applicant must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia; have at least ten years of legal experience; possess a high degree of professional skill and a sophisticated understanding of the legal principles and technical aspects of money laundering and asset forfeiture; and have excellent writing and communication skills.
All interested attorneys meeting these qualifications should submit a cover letter (optional), resume and most recent performance appraisal via e-mail to SES.Crmjobs@usdoj.gov. Applications must be received by 11:59PM EST of the closing date to receive consideration. Any questions, please contact Kim Jackson at 202-598-2232.