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.
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The U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, NDDS, currently seeks a Trial Attorney for the Policy Unit. This position reports to the Section's Deputy Chief for Policy. Policy Unit attorneys serve the interests of the Department by interacting with the interagency, particularly the State Department, ONDCP, the Department of Defense and other federal, state and local governing bodies and agencies to develop, implement and monitor the implementation of national and international drug strategies pertaining to the Controlled Substances Act, and the 1961, 1971, and 1988 United Nations Drug Conventions. Policy Unit Attorneys also monitor, study, and advise the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, the Chief of NDDS, and other policymakers within DOJ regarding the aforementioned statutes and treaties, and draft legislative or administrative amendments if needed, to address emerging drug trends requiring supplemental legislation, administrative scheduling changes, or other additional laws or regulations.
Policy Unit attorneys directly advise litigation teams in ongoing civil or criminal cases, and in some instances directly serve on trial teams; assist foreign governments in drafting effective counter-narcotics legislation; and are also responsible for appellate litigation arising from decisions of the DEA Administrator, both through briefs and oral argument before United States Courts of Appeal. Policy Unit attorneys also respond to inquiries from multiple sources, including United States Attorney’s Offices, relating to substantive and procedural litigation matters and policy matters, and represent the Criminal Division on a wide range of maritime law enforcement issues, including serving as the on-call Departmental representative to the interagency process that makes disposition decisions on where cases interdicted on the high seas are brought for prosecution. This position is located in the Policy Unit and requires a 3 year commitment to NDDS.
Required Qualifications: 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. experience one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: participation in legal 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. All applicants must also have, or be eligible for, a Top Secret clearance.
Preferred Qualifications: Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following competencies.
· Ability to advise senior officials on a wide range of domestic and international maritime drug trafficking enforcement issues.
· Ability to negotiate and maintain maritime interdiction agreements that contribute to the dismantling of the sophisticated maritime drug smuggling organizations that threaten the security of the United States.
· Ability to advise senior officials on the principles, laws, regulations, and practices relating to the enforcement of domestic and international narcotics, narco-terrorism, maritime and money laundering laws.
· 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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