Trial attorneys in the Vaccine Litigation Group represent the interests of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in all cases filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. The cases involve claims of injury as a result of the receipt of vaccines covered by the Act. The position offers a unique experience in public service and involves significant trial practice. The legal and medical issues at stake in each case vary greatly. Trial attorneys independently manage heavy case loads, and while streamlined procedures are utilized, cases frequently involve complex scientific issues of causation that routinely require employment of experts in medical fields such as pediatrics, neurology, immunology and epidemiology. In cases in which petitioners are found entitled to compensation, the litigation requires retention and management of experts to develop an appropriate life care plan for the injured party - to include medical, remedial care, rehabilitation, calculation of lost earnings, actuarial projections and structured settlements.
This is a link to the Torts-CSTL-Vaccine website: http://www.justice.gov/civil/common/vicp.html
Attorneys appear frequently before the Office of Special Masters in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and also appear before the judges of the Court, as well as in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit when handling appeals. Responsibilities include factual and legal research, brief writing, working with expert witnesses to develop the defense of claims, as well as to address the life care needs of vaccine-injured petitioners. Attorneys also engage regularly in settlement negotiations, including alternative dispute resolution, as well as analysis of and responding to attorneys' fees and costs requests.
Applicants must have graduated from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be members in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be active members of the bar (any jurisdiction), have at least one year of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-12 level; two years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-13 level; and three years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-14 level. You must also be a U.S. citizen.
Applicants should have excellent writing, negotiation, and interpersonal skills; exhibit excellent judgment, and have a strong interest in trial and appellate practice. Experience in litigating medical injury and/or products liability cases, and working with medical expert witnesses is strongly preferred. The ideal candidate would enjoy working independently and as part of a team, and feel comfortable in a courtroom setting. Applicants must exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with staff, attorney supervisors, and the client agency.
You must submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample. (12 pages or less) If you are claiming veterans preference, you must also submit your DD-214, and/or other documentation that support your claim. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT ANY OTHER DOCUMENTATION.
You must EMAIL your application to: CSTL-Vaccine.Vacancies@usdoj.gov
Please use "Announcement #2016-Torts-CSTL/Vaccine-3" as your SUBJECT LINE.
You must submit your application so that it will be RECEIVED by the closing date of the announcement, Eastern Standard Time.