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 Disability Rights Section (DRS) works to achieve equal opportunity for people with disabilities by implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Section carries out the ADA's mandates through enforcement, regulatory, coordination, and technical assistance activities. The Section also carries out responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act, and Executive Order 12250. Section activities affect six million businesses and non-profit agencies, 80,000 units of state and local government, 49 million people with disabilities, and over 100 Federal agencies and commissions in the Executive Branch.
DRS is seeking one or more experienced attorneys for this position.
The experienced attorneys selected for these positions will be primarily responsible for investigating alleged violations of the ADA, negotiating settlements, and, when necessary, litigating claims under the ADA.
Trial Attorneys are responsible for screening and developing new matters, conducting investigations, litigating complex cases, and monitoring compliance in connection with DRS's enforcement activities.
These duties include, but are not limited to:
Developing investigations; interviewing witnesses; analyzing data and evidence; negotiating; litigating; monitoring settlement agreements and consent decrees; and conducting outreach, training, and technical assistance, as needed.
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: Given the nature and volume of this work, the Section generally seeks candidates with significant experience in complex litigation and knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants with one or more of the following qualifications are preferred: (1) extensive civil trial experience; (2) extensive federal civil litigation experience; (3) experience with complex investigations and negotiations; (4) substantive knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable law; (5) experience conducting outreach to a broad array of stakeholders. 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/533401500