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Trial Attorney

Hiring Organization
Criminal Division (CRM)
Hiring Office
Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section
Job ID
24-CRM-DET-011
Location:
Washington, DC - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) is responsible for implementing the Department's national strategies in combating computer crime, intellectual property crime, and cryptocurrency crime worldwide. CCIPS prevents, investigates, and prosecutes computer, intellectual property, and cryptocurrency crimes by working with other government agencies, the private sector, academic institutions, and foreign counterparts.  

The National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team (NCET) is part of CCIPS.  The NCET conducts and supports investigations into individuals and entities that enable the use of digital assets to commit and facilitate a variety of crimes, with a particular focus on virtual currency exchanges, mixing and tumbling services, and infrastructure providers. It also sets strategic priorities regarding digital asset technologies, identifies areas for increased investigative and prosecutorial focus, and leads the Department’s efforts to collaborate with domestic and foreign government agencies and the private sector to aggressively investigate and prosecute crimes involving cryptocurrency and digital assets. The NCET also serves as the focal point of the Criminal Division’s efforts to build capacity throughout the Department in investigating digital asset crimes, including through the Digital Asset Coordinator (DAC) Network. 

As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

Job Description

This position will be filled through non-reimbursable detail assignments to CCIPS, to work as a trial attorneys in the NCET, for current Department of Justice employees, including Assistant United States Attorneys. The detail opportunity is for twelve months with the possibility of extension. Detail applicants should receive management approval prior to applying. This position is anticipated to accommodate full-time telework arrangements for attorneys located outside the Washington, D.C. area.  

Major duties include:  

  • Investigate and prosecute complex criminal cases involving cyberattacks, the misuse of cryptocurrency, and intellectual property violations;
  • Provide legal and technology advice to prosecutors and law enforcement agents;
  • Build cases using sophisticated techniques and tools, including blockchain analysis;
  • Build and enhance relationships with Assistant United States Attorneys and prosecutors with other Department litigating components and offices  to pursue investigations and prosecutions;
  • Build and enhance relationships with federal, state, local, and international law enforcement agencies that investigate and prosecute cryptocurrency cases;
  • Interact with regulatory agencies such as the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the intelligence community, and private industry on advancement of technology and regulation of cryptocurrency;
  • Advise Department officials on legislation and policy relating to CCIPS work; 
  • Train investigators and other prosecutors and speak to a variety of domestic and foreign audiences;
  • Engage in and support litigation relating to the collection of electronic evidence;
  • Lead international efforts to promote effective cooperation concerning CCIPS subject matter; and
  • Draft policies and monographs addressing significant issues relating to these responsibilities.
Qualifications

Required Qualifications: Interested applicants must currently be employed as an attorney in the Department of Justice; as such, 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, and be an active member of the bar in good standing.

Grade Specific Qualifications:

  • To qualify at the GS-14 grade level, applicants must have at least two and a half (2.5) years post J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-13 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: performing legal analysis and formulating recommendations to senior managers; composing pleadings, briefs, and other court documents involving legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; and conducting civil or criminal litigation.
  • To qualify at the GS-15 grade level, applicants must 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.

Applicants must have, or be able to obtain through their Component/Agency, and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Criminal prosecution or defense experience;
  • Experience with complex criminal investigations and the use of legal process (such as subpoenas and wiretap orders), especially in cases involving technology, electronic evidence, and assistance from and cooperation with foreign law enforcement;
  • Substantive knowledge of criminal procedure, particularly as it relates to investigating online crime;
  • Knowledge of federal copyright, trademark, and trade secret statutes, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Bank Secrecy Act, and federal laws concerning money laundering and asset forfeiture;
  • Knowledge of the technological and business aspects of cryptocurrency and the intersection of cryptocurrency with criminal investigations and prosecutions; 
  • Technical knowledge of computers, networking, blockchain, and investigative technologies (such as tracing Internet communications and cryptocurrency, computer programming, digital forensics, and information security);
  • Experience with legislative or policy development, especially policy related to criminal law, intellectual property, attacks on computer networks, cryptocurrency, and the collection of electronic evidence;
  • Working experience with U.S. government structures and inter-agency processes, especially relating to computer crime, intellectual property crime, cryptocurrency, or the development of military, intelligence, or IT security policy;
  • Experience developing and delivering training programs and oral presentations on law enforcement subjects; 
  • Experience working with foreign government officials, providing training to foreign audiences, and familiarity with U.S. foreign policy as it relates to Internet and technology issues;
  • Ability to communicate clearly through well-organized and accurately written documents; and
  • Ability to perform cogent and correct legal analysis on a variety of contentious and complex substantive issues.
     
Application Process

Submit resume and cover letter to Alexander Slodzinski at Alexander.Slodzinski2@usdoj.gov before the closing date of the announcement. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so early application is encouraged. Detail applicants should receive management approval from their offices prior to applying.

Salary

Under a detail assignment, there is no change to the selectee’s base pay.

Number of Positions
1
Travel
Travel for litigation, training, and outreach is required. Litigation travel may be occasionally extensive.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

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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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

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 disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. 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 must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-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. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

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 their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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Updated January 22, 2024