The Organized Crime and Gang Section (OCGS) is a specialized group of prosecutors charged with developing and implementing strategies to disrupt and dismantle regional, national and international gangs and organized crime groups. OCGS, in partnership with United States Attorney’s Offices, prosecutes significant Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO), Violent Crimes in Aid of Racketeering (VICAR) and violent crime cases against the most dangerous street gangs in the U.S.
The Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking qualified, experienced attorneys for permanent positions in the Organized Crime and Gang Section located in Washington, DC. The incumbent independently directs, conducts, and monitors investigations, prepares and conducts trials, and advises on strategies and tactics relating to the prosecution of organized crime. As a Trial Attorney, the incumbent:
- Partners with Assistant U.S. Attorneys (“AUSAs”) including Organized Crime Coordinators, Organized Crime Strike Force Attorneys, and Anti-Gang Coordinators, in the development and management of organized crime and gang prosecutions. Engages in all phases of investigation and litigation, including, but not limited to, the use of grand jury, advising federal law enforcement agents, preparing appropriate pleadings, and litigating motions and trials before U.S. District Courts across the country.
- Gives advice and instructions to AUSAs on complicated questions of law and Departmental policy.
- Promotes, in collaboration with OCGS managers, the Section’s program to foster effective national investigation and prosecution of organized crime and violent gang crime, including giving advice on strategy and legal complexities, and identifying and developing litigation priorities, policy, and legislative recommendations.
- Represents the interests of the Department of Justice by fostering communication and coordination between law enforcement agencies, as well as between United States Attorney’s Offices (USAOs).
- Serves as a subject matter expert, participating in, and/or providing advice on, activities related to the investigation and litigation of organized crime and gang cases.
Required Qualifications: Interested applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, be an active member of the bar in good standing, and have at least four (4) years post J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: independently performing legal analysis; composing pleadings, briefs and other court documents involving unique and/or difficult legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting highly complex civil or criminal litigation; and leading paralegals and support staff.
Preferred Qualifications: Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following competencies and experiences.
- Experience with prosecuting RICO, CCE and other complex conspiracy matters.
- Criminal litigation experience.
- Trial experience in U.S. District Courts.
- Trial experience in State or local courts.
- Experience with the federal judiciary.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. A list of eligible candidates will be referred to the hiring managers every week during the open period of the announcement. If you are interested in applying, it is recommended that you do so early, as the vacancy may close prior to the advertised date if a selection is made.
The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
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