The Civil Rights Division (Division) of the Department of Justice, created by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division is primarily responsible for enforcing federal statutes and executive orders that prohibit, among other things, unlawful discrimination in education, employment, housing, police service, public accommodations and facilities, voting, and federally funded and conducted programs. The Division also has jurisdiction to enforce constitutional prohibitions on certain conduct by law enforcement agencies and public residential institutions, such as health care and correctional facilities.
The Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (Section or IER) enforces the anti-discrimination provision (§ 274B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. § 1324b. This federal law prohibits: 1) citizenship status discrimination in hiring, firing, or recruitment or referral for a fee, 2) national origin discrimination in hiring, firing, or recruitment or referral for a fee, 3) unfair documentary practices during the employment eligibility verification process (generally, the Form I-9 and E-Verify processes), and 4) retaliation or intimidation.
Are you interested in a rewarding and challenging opportunity? Join the U.S. Department of Justice! IER is seeking experienced attorneys for the position of Trial Attorney. The attorneys selected for these positions will be dedicated to the Section's work enforcing the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Duties IER Trial Attorneys handle an active docket of investigations and litigation focused on enforcing the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Responsibilities include: (1) developing and conducting investigations involving potential violations of this law, including reviewing incoming charges and referrals from agencies, identifying and interviewing witnesses, and collecting documentary evidence; (2) conducting legal and factual research and analysis; (3) preparing written memoranda recommending further investigation and/or enforcement; (4) litigating cases, including preparing and responding to discovery requests, conducting document review, reviewing and analyzing data, working with expert witnesses, preparing witnesses for and conducting depositions, and drafting court filings; (5) representing the Justice Department at argument and trial before an administrative law judge; and (6) preparing for and participating in settlement negotiations and mediation on behalf of the Department, including drafting settlement proposals. In addition, Trial Attorneys may conduct policy work, including working with other federal agencies on areas of overlapping interest; drafting legislation, regulations, and agency guidance; and reviewing and preparing comments on draft legislation, regulations, and agency guidance. Trial attorneys will also conduct outreach, including participating in outreach presentations and providing technical assistance in response to inquiries from public and private stakeholders. The complexity of the matters assigned and the level of supervision required vary depending upon a Trial Attorney's years of specialized experience.
Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. from an American Bar Association accredited law school, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction), and possess the minimum years of post-professional law degree experience commensurate to the grade level of eligibility, as shown below. Applicants also must have strong, demonstrated qualifications in the following areas: academic achievement; written and oral communication skills; the ability to analyze complex issues; skill and experience working collaboratively and productively with others; organizational skills; professional judgment; initiative; and the ability to excel in a fast-paced, demanding environment. In addition, applicants must have outstanding professional references.
Preferred Qualifications: The following demonstrated qualifications are preferred but not required: substantive knowledge and expertise in immigration and/or employment law including (1) experience investigating allegations of employment discrimination, including interviewing witnesses, reviewing documents and reviewing applicable case law to assess the merits of a case; (2) experience litigating employment discrimination cases, including handling discovery, litigation strategy, motions practice and trial preparation; (3) experience negotiating settlements in employment discrimination cases; (4) experience serving as the lead attorney in federal court employment discrimination cases; (5) experience litigating pattern or practice and/or testing cases; (6) experience with immigration law and/or immigration policy; (7) experience developing and/or commenting on drafts of legislation, regulations, and agency guidance; and (8) experience giving presentations to a variety of audiences. Judicial clerkships (especially in federal court), law review, moot court, clinical experience, and skill and experience working cooperatively and productively with a range of people, such as charging parties, witnesses, respondents, disadvantaged or disenfranchised groups, opposing counsel, judicial or administrative officials, advocacy groups, law enforcement personnel, and the staff of other federal or state governmental agencies, are also preferred.
Possessing the minimum post law degree legal experience does not guarantee the applicant will be selected at that grade level.
• GS-13 - minimum 1.5 years post-JD legal experience
• GS-14 - minimum 2.5 years post-JD legal experience
• GS-15 - minimum 4 years post-JD legal experience
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone) on Friday, May 31, 2019.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:
1. Cover Letter
3. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
4. Writing sample of no more than ten pages (a brief or comparable analytic legal exposition that is your work product)
5. Veterans' Preference Documentation, if applicable
6. Law School Transcripts
7. Sch A documentation, if applicable
To apply for this position, see page at:https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/533400700