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Trial Attorney (Office of International Judicial Assistance)

Hiring Organization
Civil Division (CIV)
Hiring Office
Office of Foreign Litigation/Office of International Judicial Assistance
Job ID
1
Location:
1100 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20530 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The Office of Foreign Litigation (OFL), Office of International Judicial Assistance (OIJA), acts as the U.S. Central Authority for incoming requests for international judicial assistance to serve judicial documents or obtain evidence in civil or commercial matters. These requests for international judicial assistance are based upon, and require knowledge of, various treaties, including the Hague Evidence Convention, the Hague Service Convention, and the Inter-American Convention on Letters Rogatory and Additional Protocol. Foreign countries, particularly non-Convention states, may also transmit service or evidence requests to the United States through diplomatic channels. Specifically in regard to evidence, OIJA receives over 500 judicial assistance requests for evidence per year primarily pursuant to the Hague Evidence Convention. OIJA executes a majority of these requests itself, through discovery methods, and refers the remaining cases for execution to U.S. Attorney Offices. Once the requested evidence has been obtained, such evidence is returned to the requesting foreign authority.

OIJA also serves as a liaison to Central Authorities in other countries, participates in meetings and conferences regarding international judicial assistance in civil matters, and provides advice to appropriate private and public sector entities and individuals. This announcement is limited to a position in OFL’s Washington, DC office. 

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

OFL/OIJA is seeking one experienced attorney to work in OIJA in the Washington, DC office. The incumbent's primary responsibility will be to administer and process incoming international judicial assistance requests, to develop and maintain procedures to ensure prompt and appropriate responses, and to coordinate with witnesses, the Offices of the United States Attorneys, and other government agencies to execute evidence requests. The incumbent will also provide advice concerning individual judicial assistance requests and guidance regarding legal issues that commonly arise. 

The incumbent will serve as a liaison with foreign judicial authorities, foreign embassies, other Central Authorities, the Office of International Affairs within the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, and the United States Department of State to monitor the execution of outstanding requests and respond to inquiries concerning U.S. practices and procedures. On occasion, the incumbent is responsible for communicating with the Hague Permanent Bureau, the Organization of American States, and Central Authorities in other countries concerning the status of treaties, practices, and procedures for obtaining evidence or service of judicial documents. 

The incumbent may also respond to public inquiries concerning the operation of the treaties and procedures for obtaining evidence or service of judicial documents. Responsibilities will include tracking U.S. case law related to international judicial assistance and preparing various memoranda and guidance on international judicial assistance issues. Incumbent will draft and file 28 U.S.C. § 1782 applications to be filed in United States district courts, take depositions, obtain sworn statements, and coordinate with U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the execution of evidence requests that are delegated to them for handling. Incumbent will manage OIJA’s database, ensure accurate record-keeping, analyze data, and compile quarterly, annual and other reports as needed. Incumbent will maintain OIJA’s internal and external websites and develop helpful templates and guidance on both incoming and outgoing judicial assistance matters.

The incumbent will be responsible for reviewing attempts to serve the United States pursuant to the applicable treaties. The incumbent may also provide guidance to United States Government attorneys seeking evidence abroad or attempting to serve individuals abroad. 

Qualifications

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.

You must also be a U.S. citizen.

Experience in private international law and international judicial assistance in civil matters is preferred. Specifically, applicants should have prior experience working with the Hague Evidence Convention, the Hague Service Convention, and the Inter-American Convention on Letters Rogatory and Additional Protocol.

Applicants should have knowledge of foreign judicial systems and procedures; international discovery and international service of judicial documents; the ability to handle a large volume of requests/cases simultaneously; extensive experience in communicating and responding to requests and questions from the public and foreign officials; and, experience in working with U.S. Attorney's Offices and U.S. government agencies. Applicants should have excellent interpersonal and writing skills. Foreign language skills are desirable.

Applicants must be comfortable communicating with people, some of whom may have limited oral or written English skills or come from foreign cultures, and must be willing to adjust work schedules, as required, to accommodate international time zones and imminent deadlines. The successful applicant must be able to work independently.

Application Process

To apply for this position, you must submit a cover letter, resume, a writing sample consisting of a legal brief authored by the applicant (not more than 20 pages in length), and a list of references. If you are claiming veterans preference, you must also submit your DD-214, and/or other documentation that you may have.


Applicant must submit their materials via e-mail to ForLit.Vacancies@usdoj.gov .

Position remains open until filled. Applications should be submitted as early as possible, but not later than April 17, 2020

No telephone calls, please.

Salary

$102,663-$170,800 Per Year

Number of Positions
1
Travel
Although usually not extensive, travel, both domestic or foreign travel may be required.
Relocation Expenses
Not 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 April 3, 2020