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.
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.
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.
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
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.