The Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section (NDDS) supervises and has responsibility for enforcing federal statutes pertaining to narco-terrorism, narcotic drugs and other controlled substances. The section advises the Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, Department of Justice and other federal officials involved in drug enforcement on all matters related to federal narcotics and narco-terrorism law enforcement including proposed and enacted legislation, policy, enforcement initiatives, and criminal and civil litigation. The section has direct litigation responsibilities in significant drug and narco-terrorism investigations and prosecutions targeting national and international narcotics trafficking and money laundering organizations. This position is located in the Litigation Unit and requires a 3 year commitment to NDDS.
The U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, NDDS, currently seeks Trial Attorneys for the Litigation Unit. This position reports through the Assistant Deputy Chief to the Section's Deputy Chief of Litigation. The Litigation Unit attorneys work with federal law enforcement agencies to identify, investigate and prosecute the most significant national and international drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. Litigation Unit attorneys prosecute major transnational narcotic traffickers and money launderers in the U.S. courts, using evidence gathered by U.S. federal agents and foreign law enforcement officials abroad.
NDDS is recruiting experienced, motivated individuals who are seeking to join a dedicated group committed to addressing this emerging national security threat, and who possess a genuine interest in serving our country in this important mission. NDDS seeks individuals capable of working closely with both U.S. and other international law enforcement authorities to investigate and charge these traffickers, and who possess the experience and confidence to try these traffickers in the U.S. Federal Courts. The incumbent independently directs, conducts, and monitors investigations, prepares and conducts trials and related post-trial litigation, and advises on pleadings and other court filings. As a Trial Attorney, the incumbent:
- Contributes to the development and maintenance of the Section's program to foster effective national and international investigation and prosecution of the manufacture, distribution, possession and use of illicit narcotics, narco-terrorism, and money laundering. This includes advising on strategy and legal complexities and participating in efforts to develop litigation priorities, policy, and legislative recommendations.
- Leads and undertakes the most complex investigations and prosecutions within the federal courts in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States; makes charging decisions and proposes dispositions with regard to assigned cases, issues lacking precedent, and other challenges in compliance with Department, Division, and Section policies and practices.
- Investigates and pursues asset forfeiture related to illicit narcotics, narco-terrorism, and money laundering.
- Coordinates, deconflicts and partners with U.S. Attorneys and attorneys in other federal law enforcement agencies in the development and management of illicit narcotics, narco-terrorism, and money laundering investigations and prosecutions. Advises and instructs federal agents and U.S. Attorneys on complicated questions of law and Departmental policy.
- Advises, consults with, and briefs the Assistant Attorney General, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Section Chief, et al., reporting on the status of all cases and matters related to narcotics, narco-terrorism, and money laundering criminal enforcement.
- Oversees and helps to coordinate the preparation and litigation assignments of paralegals and clerical personnel.
- Mentors and advises more junior attorneys.
- Participates in outreach and training conducted by NDDS trial attorneys throughout the United States and abroad.
Interested applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and have at least four (4) 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: working on criminal cases, including briefing and oral arguments, and advising other attorneys on complex and contentious legal issues with regard to legal cases. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing.
Preferred Qualifications: Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following competencies.
- Ability to plan and carry out complex cases involving violations of federal statutes.
- Ability to advise senior officials on the development and progress of cases.
- Ability to represent the Section in Department, interagency and other committees, groups and task forces.
Due to the high volume of applicant interest, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. A list of eligible candidates will be referred to the hiring managers every 14 days during the open period of the announcement. The announcement may be closed at any time once all selections are made. If you are interested in applying, it is recommended that you do so early.
The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
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