Trial Attorney

Office of Immigration Litigation - District Courts Section
Attorney
Washington, DC 20530
United States
DE-10195396-18-CR
About the Office: 

The Office of Immigration Litigation, District Court Section (OIL-DCS) seeks three talented and highly-motivated litigators. OIL-DCS represents multiple agencies in civil immigration matters in all 94 federal district courts, and has primary responsibility for appeals arising from them. Many of the Section's cases involve issues of first impression involving constitutional rights and entitlements, statutory interpretation, federal authority over immigration matters, agency rulemaking procedures, and Article III standing. Represented agencies include the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, and Defense in cases involving a wide range of complex immigration matters; the Department of State in cases involving visas, passports, and other claims to U.S. citizenship; and the Department of Labor in foreign worker wage and alien labor certification matters. The Section also handles national security matters, including denaturalization of individuals with established terrorism ties, and defends programmatic challenges to Department of Homeland Security and Department of Labor rules governing alien employment authorization, foreign investor, and temporary guest worker programs. The Section defends numerous cases brought by known or suspected terrorists and convicted criminals attempting to acquire immigration benefits, thwart removal, or avoid mandatory detention pending removal. Complex, high-profile class action cases challenging critical policies and programs relating to the Federal Government's interpretation, administration, and enforcement of immigration law are a significant part of the OIL-DCS's caseload.
Successful applicants will enjoy a varied, challenging, and high-visibility practice with the potential for significant professional growth. OIL-DCS's team-centered approach to litigation provides an exceptionally collegial atmosphere with the opportunity for substantial individual responsibility.

Job Description: 

As a Trial Attorney - Office of Immigration Litigation-District Court Section GS-0905-12/13/14/15, your typical work assignments may include the following.

  • An active docket of cases involving interaction with client agencies, motions practice, discovery, class action litigation, and trial and appellate practice.
  • Matters arise in the context of Constitutional law and federal immigration law, regulations, and policy in district and appellate courts.
  • Travel is often necessary for court appearances, oral argument and other case-related matters, including discovery.
Qualifications: 

Applicants must be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member 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 an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), have at least one year of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-12 level; have at least two years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-13 level; have at least three years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-14 level; and four years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-15 level. Experience in immigration law is desired but not required. Veterans and members of the Armed Forces are strongly encouraged to apply.
You must also be a U.S. citizen.

Time-in-Grade: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements for consideration.

Applicants should possess superior oral and written communication skills, as well as strong character, judgment, and interpersonal skills, and have demonstrated the capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment.

Selected applicants must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result before they can be appointed into these positions. Selected applicants will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before they can be appointed into these positions. Entrance on duty is contingent upon preliminary completion of a security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications: Individuals with civil litigation experience in federal court, including a federal clerkship, are encouraged to apply. Individuals with federal prosecution experience are also encouraged to apply. Experience with high-volume civil discovery is preferred.

Salary: 
$81,548.00 to $164,200.00 Per Year
Travel: 
You may be expected to travel 25% of the time or less for this position.
Application Process: 

To apply for this position, you must submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (not more than 15 pages in length) in pdf. format. If you are claiming veterans preference, you must also submit your DD-214, and/or other documentation that you may have.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by email to CIV-DCS-Careers@usdoj.gov. Please specify that the application is for the Trial Attorney - District Court Section position in the subject line.

Applicants may also send their materials by commercial courier service, (FedEx or UPS) to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Division, OIL-DCS
450 5th Street, NW, LSB
Room 2218
Washington, DC 20530
ATTN: Mark Raby

No telephone calls, please. You must submit your application so that it will be RECEIVED by midnight Eastern Daylight Time on the closing date of the announcement.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
Not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
3
Updated April 30, 2018

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice.

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.

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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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