The U.S. Trustee Program (USTP) is a litigating component of the Department of Justice and has the legal authority to appear in the majority of the bankruptcy cases filed in the United States, from Chapter 7 liquidations to major Chapter 11 business reorganizations. As a result, USTP employees headquartered in Washington, D.C., and in our 93 field office locations throughout the country handle a wide range of challenging and significant matters as we strive to promote the integrity of the bankruptcy system by enforcing bankruptcy laws. Of particular importance is this Program's effort to address fraud and abuse by debtors, creditors, attorneys, and others in the bankruptcy system by taking formal and informal actions in a civil context and making criminal referrals to and working with the U.S. Attorneys.
The USTP places a high value on diversity of experience and cultural perspective and encourage applications from all interested eligible candidates, including candidates from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, women, LGBT individuals, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
Incumbent will serve as a Trial Attorney in a field/regional office within the United States Trustee Program (USTP), with the responsibility for assisting in supervising the administration of cases and trustees in cases filed under chapters 7, 11, 12 and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code. The incumbent will be required to review cases for bankruptcy fraud and abuse (both civil and criminal); oversee business reorganization filings, draft motions, pleadings, and briefs; and will be primarily responsible for the preparation, presentation, and litigation of cases arising under the Bankruptcy Code. The following are duties the incumbent can expect to perform at the full performance level:
· Prepares memoranda of fact and law and recommends whether prosecution should be undertaken. If prosecution is authorized, initiates the filing of papers with the appropriate court, prepares and tries the case, or prepares the case for trial by another attorney.
· Provides advice and assistance as necessary which may include active participation in the presentation of a case, preparing witnesses, examining and cross-examining witnesses, and consulting with other trial attorneys with respect to the line of argument.
· Recommends issues for appeal and prepares appellate pleadings. Considers the effect of the decision as a precedent if allowed to stand, the weight of the evidence, the need for consistent application of the law in all jurisdictions, the amount of money involved, the cost of litigation and other considerations bearing on the advisability of appeal.
· Reviews pleadings filed by trustees which reflect issues of case administration, including sales, abandonment, employment or fees of professionals and objections to claims of exemption.
· Implements civil enforcement strategies to combat fraud and abuse in the bankruptcy system and makes referrals to federal government and state agencies regarding criminal violations of bankruptcy laws.
· Devises appropriate legal strategies for seeking remedies under 11 U.S.C. §§ 110, 329, 707(a) and (b), 727, as well as provisions relating to debtor audits, creditor abuse, and other bankruptcy statutes.
To qualify for the GS-13, applicants must have at least three (3) years post Juris Doctorate (J.D.) professional legal experience interpreting, applying and advocating on behalf of clients the provisions of the United States Bankruptcy Code, the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and related laws, rules, and regulations that arise in bankruptcy cases. At least 2 years of the required professional legal experience above must be at or equivalent to the GS-12 grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.
To qualify for the GS-14 applicants must have at least five (5) years post Juris Doctorate (J.D.) professional legal experience interpreting, applying and advocating on behalf of clients the provisions of the United States Bankruptcy Code, the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and related laws, rules, and regulations that arise in bankruptcy cases. At least 2 years of the required professional legal experience above must be at or equivalent to the GS-13 grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.
(GS-13) In addition to the required qualifications listed above, it is preferred that applicant has at least one year of experience in two of the following areas: litigation, appellate, business and/or financial services.
(GS-14) In addition to the required qualifications listed above, it is preferred that applicant has two or more years of experience in at least two of the following areas: litigation, appellate, business and/or financial services.
All Application Packages must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
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