The Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking an experienced attorney for the Policy and Statutory Enforcement Unit (PSEU), within the Office of Enforcement Operations (OEO). PSEU analyzes requests from United States Attorney's Offices and Department of Justice attorneys for Department authorization to use, or consultation about, numerous investigative tools or prosecutorial actions, including: obtaining information from or about members of the news media; closing judicial proceedings to the public in federal criminal cases; providing statutory use immunity for federal witnesses; issuing subpoenas to attorneys for information relating to their representation of clients; applying for search warrants to search the premises or electronic storage devices of attorneys; and initiating a federal prosecution following a state prosecution of an individual under the Department's Petite policy. After analyzing a request to determine whether it comports with Department policies, regulations, and legal authority, PSEU prepares a memorandum advising the relevant Department decision maker, who may be the Attorney General but who is often a Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, whether to authorize the request or deem the consultation requirement to be satisfied.
The selected attorney will analyze requests from United States Attorney's Offices and Department of Justice attorneys on the investigative tools and actions outlined above. In analyzing requests, PSEU attorneys apply the applicable policy and relevant law to the facts of the pending federal investigation or case. As a result, PSEU attorneys are in frequent contact with federal prosecutors and other Department attorneys in order to fully understand the facts, strategy, and posture of investigations and cases. For each request, PSEU attorneys prepare a memorandum that contains the pertinent facts, analysis of the policy and legal authorities as applied to the facts, and a recommendation as to whether the request meets applicable policy requirements and should be approved. PSEU attorneys use their knowledge of criminal procedure, grand jury practice, use of cooperating defendants, litigation strategies, etc. in conducting their work because the requests submitted to PSEU arise in connection with ongoing investigations or litigation. However, PSEU attorneys do not conduct investigations, litigate cases, or appear in court.
Required Qualifications: Interested applicants 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, and have at least 5 years post J.D. experience. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing (in any jurisdiction).
· To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have five (5) or more years of post-J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: independently performing legal analysis; composing pleadings, briefs and other court documents involving unique and/or difficult legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting highly complex civil or criminal litigation; demonstrated experience working with sensitive investigative techniques and prosecutorial tools;
· Superior legal writing skills and analytical skills;
· Superior communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications: Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following competencies.
· Experience conducting federal criminal investigations;
· Criminal or civil trial experience;
· Extensive writing experience;
· Experience with the use of sensitive investigative techniques and prosecutorial tools, such as the ones described above.
The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
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