Trial Attorney

Torts/Constitutional and Specialized Tort Litigation - Vaccine
Attorney
Washington, DC 20530
United States
2016-Torts/CSTL-Vaccine-3
About the Office: 

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

Job Description: 

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. 

 

Qualifications: 

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. 

 

Salary: 
$77,490.00 to $141,555.00 / Per Year
Travel: 
Occasional travel. Hearings may be scheduled in any state or U.S. territory.
Application Process: 

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

 

Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 30, 2016
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated December 21, 2016

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Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:   The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  See list of DPOCs.    

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

 

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