The Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) and its High Technology Investigative Unit (HTIU) are the nation's experts in prosecuting child exploitation cases, and in investigating high-technology child exploitation crimes. CEOS is dynamic, result-driven, and strongly focused on making the most meaningful prosecutions in its subject areas. CEOS attorneys and HTIU digital investigative analysts help lead the Department of Justice´s efforts to continuously improve the enforcement of federal child exploitation laws and prevent the exploitation of children. CEOS attorneys and HTIU digital investigative analysts investigate and prosecute defendants who have violated federal child exploitation laws and also assist the 94 United States Attorney Offices in investigations, trials, and appeals related to these offenses. In addition, CEOS attorneys and HTIU digital investigative analysts perform other vital functions within the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, including providing advice and training to federal prosecutors, law enforcement personnel and government officials, and participating in national and international meetings on training and policy development. CEOS also works to develop and refine proposals for prosecution policies, legislation, government practices, and agency regulations. In all aspects of their work, CEOS attorneys and HTIU digital investigative analysts seek to blend investigative and prosecutorial experience with policy expertise in order to create innovative solutions to the threats posed by those who violate federal child exploitation laws.
CEOS is seeking an experienced attorney to serve as a Trial Attorney. CEOS attorneys prosecute cases involving child exploitation, including child pornography, child sexual abuse occurring on government controlled land and property, child prostitution, international child sex tourism, Internet enticement of children for sexual abuse or exploitation, international and domestic trafficking of children, child support enforcement, international parental abduction, and obscenity crimes. In particular, CEOS attorneys handle cases of trafficking in child pornography on the Internet which were developed through innovative investigative and forensic techniques employed by CEOS digital investigative analysts and federal law enforcement agents. Because these cases involve the application of cutting-edge computer technologies, both in the criminal conduct and its investigation, CEOS attorneys regularly face novel and challenging legal issues. Additionally, CEOS attorneys draft and comment on proposed federal legislation and develop and handle matters of national policy in the criminal law enforcement areas detailed above. CEOS attorneys prosecute cases and work with Assistant United States Attorneys and investigative agents in federal districts throughout the country. Many cases and operations handled by CEOS attorneys are national and international in scope. Increasingly, CEOS attorneys work jointly with foreign prosecutors and investigators as well. To maximize the effectiveness of large investigations/operations, especially where the criminal conduct is committed over the Internet, CEOS attorneys work closely with U.S. Attorney's Offices and investigative agencies to develop a national strategy in which information and evidence is exchanged, investigative actions are coordinated, and finally, indictments, arrests, and prosecutions are planned and coordinated on a national level.
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 be an active member of the bar in good standing.
Grade Specific Qualifications:
- To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have four (4) 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; and leading paralegals and support staff.
Preferred Qualifications: Your qualifications will further be evaluated based upon the following competencies:
- Ability to plan and carry out complex cases involving violations of federal statutes;
- Superior oral advocacy preparation and experience;
- Superior written and analytical skills.
The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
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