2 vacancies may be filled under this announcement.
Are you interested in a rewarding and challenging career as an Attorney with the Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice? Join us in serving the United States with honor and integrity!!
The Civil Division, with more than 1,000 Attorneys and 14 litigating components, represents the United States, its departments and agencies, Members of Congress, Cabinet and other Federal employees.
The Torts Branch's Federal Torts Claims Act (FTCA) Section handles a wide variety of complex, and often controversial, suits filed under the FTCA. These suits arise most often from the provision of medical care at federal facilities or community health centers, regulatory activities, law enforcement, and management of federal lands. Recently, the FTCA Section handled the Hurricane Katrina litigation which sought recovery of multi-billion dollar losses caused by the hurricane. The FTCA Section has also litigated sensitive law enforcement cases arising out of alleged FBI misconduct in handling informants in Boston, as well as suits brought by individuals who were detained on immigration charges following the 9-11 terrorist attacks. On a day-to-day basis, the FTCA Section provides guidance on a broad range of legal issues that arise under the FTCA, assists in the development of strategy, and participates in settlement negotiations in claims handled by other federal agencies or in cases handled by United States Attorneys' Offices (USAOs). The FTCA Section has particular expertise in the evaluation and settlement of catastrophic injury cases. In addition, the FTCA Section is responsible for making appeal recommendations on adverse FTCA judgments, including those cases handled by USAOs. The FTCA Section also provides comments on legislation that may have an impact on taxpayer liability. Often, when Congress is in session, numerous bills are reviewed on a weekly basis. In addition, the FTCA Section is responsible for the adjudication of administrative claims filed as a result of the conduct of employees of the Department of Justice (DOJ) nationwide.
The Civil Division, Torts Branch, is seeking experienced trial attorneys for its FTCA Section. Trial attorneys in this Section handle personal injury, wrongful death, and property damage suits arising from activities of federal employees acting within the scope of their federal employment. FTCA Section attorneys often handle large or complex cases of national significance. They also provide guidance and make recommendations on settlements proposed by federal agencies and United States Attorneys Offices and appeal recommendations on adverse judgments in FTCA cases.
This Section highly values diversity of background, experience, and cultural perspective and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including those from all racial and ethnic groups, both genders, LGBT individuals, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
Applicants must be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), have at least two years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-13 level; have at least three years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-14 level; and four years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-15 level. You must also be a U.S. citizen.
Applicants should have excellent writing, negotiation, and interpersonal skills; exhibit good judgment, and have an interest in litigation.
Ideal candidates will have:
· At least four years of post-JD litigation experience in federal courts and substantial experience handling complex litigation.
· Demonstrated ability to handle all phases of discovery.
· Excellent analytical ability and the capacity to articulate critical issues in a wide variety of cases.
· The ability to work well on individual projects and on team projects.
· A demonstrated record of being able to balance a diverse and constantly changing workload and the ability to set priorities appropriately.
You must submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (not more than 20 pages in length). If you are claiming veterans preference, you must also submit your DD-214, and /or other documentation that you may have.
1. Cover Letter (highlighting relevant background)
3. Writing Sample (no more than 20 pages)
4. Veteran preference documentation, if applicable.
You may EMAIL your application to: FTCA.Section@usdoj.gov
You must submit your application so that it will be RECEIVED by the closing date of the announcement - EST.
Please do not send resumes to Agency Contact address.
Please use 'Announcement # TA-Torts/FTCA-2015-01' as your SUBJECT LINE.
While email is the preferred method of submission, applications may also be submitted via USPS to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Division, Torts Branch (FTCA Section)
P.O. Box 888
Benjamin Franklin Station
Washington, D.C. 20044
ATTN: James G. Touhey, Jr.
Applications must be postmarked by no later than July 31, 2015 (applications submitted by email must be received by that date - EST). No telephone calls please.