If you are interested in a challenging and rewarding career and access to a generous benefits package, consider the U. S. Trustee Program as your employer of choice!The USTP is a litigating component of the Department of Justice with responsibility for overseeing nearly all bankruptcy cases filed in the United States from chapter 7, 12, and 13 cases to major chapter 11 business reorganizations. The Program's mission is to promote the integrity and efficiency of the bankruptcy system for the benefit of all stakeholders – debtors, creditors, and the public. USTP employees headquartered in Washington, DC, and in 93 field office locations across the country handle a wide range of administrative, regulatory, and enforcement matters. Of particular importance are the Program's efforts to address fraud and abuse by debtors, creditors, and others in the bankruptcy system by taking both formal and informal civil enforcement actions and making criminal referrals to U.S. Attorneys as appropriate.
This position is located in the Appellate group of the Executive Office for United States Trustees (EOUST), Office of the General Counsel (OGC). OGC is responsible for coordinating, directing, and developing legal policies, procedures, and litigating positions for the USTP in enforcing the Bankruptcy Code, and seeing that institutional interests of the Program are properly asserted and defended.
If selected for this position, you will be responsible for providing legal advice and guidance on appellate and civil litigation issues, including developing and implementing strategies to ensure effective advocacy of Program goals and policies at the trial court and appellate levels, and ensuring compliance with Department policies and appellate procedures.
Typical work assignments include:
- Drafting appellate briefs in civil litigation bankruptcy cases, presenting effective oral arguments before United States district courts, bankruptcy appellate panels and court of appeals.
- Drafting appellate memoranda, reviewing and editing memoranda and briefs prepared by other trial attorneys in the Program's field offices and with OGC.
- Assisting other trial attorneys in presenting oral arguments and working on appeals with other departmental components, including the Office of the Solicitor General.
- Performing legal research on complex factual, legal and policy issues and providing legal and practical conclusions and recommendations in the form oral advice, briefings, presentations, reports, legal memoranda and appellate briefs for the use of the General Counsel, senior management and Program field offices.
To qualify at the GS-13, applicants must have at least three (3) years post Juris Doctorate (J.D.) professional legal experience in complex civil litigation or in a civil litigation appellate law. At least two 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 at the GS-14, applicants must have at least four (4) years post Juris Doctorate (J.D.) professional legal experience in complex civil litigation or in a civil litigation appellate law. At least two 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.
To qualify at the GS-15, applicants must have at least five (5) years post Juris Doctorate (J.D.) professional legal experience in complex civil litigation or in a civil litigation appellate law. At least two years of the required professional legal experience above must be at or equivalent to the GS-14 grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.
In addition to the required qualifications listed above, it is preferred that applicant has at least two or more years of experience in the following areas: complex civil litigation in the federal system, or civil appellate in the federal system.
Time also spent as a law clerk to a United States district court or a United States court of appeals judge, or a Justice of the United States Supreme Court, is desirable.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. Applicants will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone) on Friday, August 12, 2016.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:
Your resume showing relevant work experience (including, beginning and ending dates of employment stated as MM/DD/YY to MM/DD/YY and the total hours worked per week).
A complete Occupational Questionnaire
Most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, if you are a current or former Federal Employee
Veterans’ Preference Documentation (DD-214, Member 4 Copy or Certification of Service; document must reflect character of service), if applicable.
Writing sample (a brief or comparable analytic legal exposition that is your work product)
To apply for this position, see page at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/436966700