The Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS) leads the Department's asset forfeiture and anti-money laundering enforcement efforts. AFMLS provides leadership by: (1) prosecuting and coordinating complex, sensitive, multi-district, and international money laundering and asset forfeiture investigations and cases; (2) providing legal and policy assistance and training to federal, state, and local prosecutors and law enforcement personnel, as well as to foreign governments; (3) assisting Departmental and interagency policymakers by developing and reviewing legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives; and (4) managing the Department's Asset Forfeiture Program, including distributing forfeited funds and properties to appropriate domestic and foreign law enforcement agencies, as well as adjudicating petitions for remission or mitigation of forfeited assets.
This announcement is for one position assigned to the Money Laundering and Forfeiture Unit, which litigates civil and criminal forfeiture cases for the Division and, in appropriate cases, in partnership with United States Attorneys' Offices (USAO). The Unit also prosecutes professional money launderers with an emphasis on gatekeepers to the financial system such as attorneys and accountants. It also provides support to the Division in cases involving significant or complex criminal forfeiture allegations. The Unit also serves as the Division's experts on domestic forfeiture and, in this role, provides advice to other Division attorneys, the United States Attorneys' Offices, and law enforcement agencies.
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. This position is a litigation Trial Attorney position. As a litigation Trial Attorney practicing in United States District Courts, the incumbent is directly responsible for results in the cases handled; recommendations and decisions can affect institutions and the public and, as a result, come with pressure to carry out the Department’s mission at the highest level, under demanding time deadlines, and in significant volume. As a Trial Attorney, the incumbent:
- Investigates and pursues professional money launderers for criminal prosecution under the money laundering statutes and forfeiture;
- Investigates and litigates civil and criminal forfeiture actions;
- Leads and undertakes complex investigations and prosecutions in the federal courts throughout the United States; makes charging decisions and proposes dispositions with regard to assigned cases; handles issues lacking precedent, and other challenges in compliance with Department, Division, and Section policies and practices;
- Provides forfeiture advice and support to other Sections of the Criminal Division, including but not limited to drafting and/or reviewing seizures warrants, restraining orders, criminal forfeiture allegations, indictments, and other pleadings;
- Develops and maintains working relationships with partners at the U.S. Attorneys' Offices, other litigating components and offices, and federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies;
- Advises and instructs federal agents and prosecutors on complicated questions of law related and Departmental policy related to the Money Laundering and Forfeiture Unit's mission;
- Advises and consults with the Money Laundering and Forfeiture Unit Chief and Deputy Chief, the AFMLS Section Chief, the Deputy Assistant Attorney General, the Assistant Attorney General, and others on the status of all cases and matters;
- Oversees and helps to coordinate the preparation and litigation assignments of paralegals and clerical personnel;
- Provides asset forfeiture and money laundering training to other federal prosecutors, federal, state and local law enforcement, and international partners; and
- Mentors and advises junior attorneys.
Required Qualifications: 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.
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: Experience with litigating civil and criminal forfeiture is preferred.
The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
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