Trial Attorney

Counterintelligence and Export Control Section
Attorney
600 E Street, NW, Room 1606
Washington DC, DC 20004
United States
About the Office: 

The National Security Division (NSD) leads the Department’s efforts to prevent and combat terrorism and to protect the national security. NSD provides legal and policy advice on national security matters, litigates counterterrorism, counterespionage, and foreign intelligence surveillance matters, represents the Government before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and other federal trial and appellate courts, and conducts oversight over FBI national security investigations and foreign intelligence collection.

The Counterintelligence and Export Control Section (CES) investigates, prosecutes and supervises the investigation and prosecution of cases affecting the national security and foreign relations of the United States, including espionage, computer hacking by nation states and their proxies, economic espionage, and violations of U.S. export control and sanctions laws.  The Section also coordinates criminal cases involving the application of the Classified Information Procedures Act (CIPA), and it administers and enforces the Foreign Agents Registration Act.  CES provides legal advice to U.S. Attorney’s Offices and investigative agencies on all matters within its area of responsibility, which includes 90 federal statutes affecting the national security.

CES now has a leading role in investigations of computer intrusions and attacks by nation-state actors and their proxies, which have become a larger component of the Section’s work.  In cyber matters, as with others, CES partners with U.S. Attorney’s offices, investigative and regulatory agencies, and the U.S. Intelligence Community to disrupt cyber threats, hold actors accountable, and deter malicious activity using the wide range of tools available across the federal government, including prosecution, economic sanctions, and diplomatic efforts.  CES’s cyber cases often involve the theft of trade secrets and violations of U.S. export control and sanctions laws, among other crimes. CES plays the leading role in managing the Department’s National Security Cyber Specialists (NSCS) Network, which consists of at least one prosecutor in every district that possesses expertise in national security-related cyber investigations, and it coordinates the application of CIPA to criminal cyber cases that may involve classified information.

Job Description: 

                                            

CES Trial Attorneys provide legal advice and guidance to the investigative and intelligence communities in the development of cases for prosecution, and they assist U. S. Attorney’s Offices when prosecution is undertaken, ensuring, among other things, that U.S. Intelligence Community equities are identified and protected.  The Trial Attorney position corresponding to this announcement will concentrate on the investigation and prosecution of national security cyber cases, as described above.

Qualifications: 

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, territory, or the District of Columbia and have at least 2.5 year of post-J.D. legal experience.  Applicants should have an interest in national security and cyber matters and possess excellent writing skills. Significant experience in litigation involving, or a strong interest in, computer intrusion investigations is desirable.  Applicants must possess or be able to obtain a TS/SCI clearance.

Salary: 
(GS-14): $108,887.00 - $141,555.00 per annum (GS-15): $128,082.00 - $160,300.00 per annum
Travel: 
Occasional travel will be required.
Application Process: 

To apply for this position, please submit a resume, a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience), a writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages), and a current performance appraisal (if applicable) electronically to: 

                                                      U.S. Department of Justice

                                                      Counterintelligence and Export Control Section

                                                      600 E Street, NW, Room 10606

                                                      Washington, DC 20004

                                                      ATTN: Thomasenia Manson

                                                      No telephone calls, please.

                                                      Or apply by email to:  CESattorneyvacancy@usdoj.gov with the subject line “Attorney Vacancy (Cyber).”

Candidates selected for an attorney position with NSD are expected to make a three-year commitment to NSD.

 

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
one
Updated November 8, 2016

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