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Trial Attorney

Hiring Organization
Criminal Division (CRM)
Hiring Office
MLARS
Job ID
20-CRM-MLARS-036
Location:
Washington, DC - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

This position is assigned to the Money Laundering and Forfeiture Unit (MLFU), which prosecutes complex money laundering organizations, and gatekeepers to the financial system, such as attorneys and accountants.  MLFU litigates civil and criminal forfeiture cases for the Division and, in appropriate cases, in partnership with United States Attorneys’ Offices (USAO), and provides support to the Division in cases involving significant or complex criminal forfeiture allegations. 

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

The incumbent independently directs, conducts, and monitors investigations, prepares and conducts trials and related post-trial litigation, and drafts pleadings and other court filings. As a litigation Trial Attorney practicing in United States district courts, the incumbent is directly responsible for results in the cases handled. Recommendations and decisions can affect institutions and the public and, as a result, come with pressure to carry out the Department’s mission at the highest level, under demanding time deadlines, and in significant volume.

  • Investigates and pursues professional money launderers for criminal prosecution under the money laundering statutes and forfeiture.
  • Investigates and litigates civil and criminal forfeiture actions.
  • Leads and undertakes complex investigations and prosecutions in the federal courts throughout the United States; makes charging decisions and proposes dispositions with regard to assigned cases; handles issues lacking precedent, and other challenges in compliance with Department, Division, and Section policies and practices. 
  • Provides forfeiture support to other Sections of the Criminal Division, including but not limited to drafting and/or reviewing seizures warrants, restraining orders, criminal forfeiture allegations, indictments, and other pleadings.
  • Develops and maintains working relationships with partners at the U.S. Attorneys' Offices, other litigating components and offices, and federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
  • Advises and instructs federal agents and prosecutors on complicated questions of law and Departmental policy related to the Money Laundering and Forfeiture Unit’s mission.
  • Advises and consults with the Unit Chief, the MLARS Chief, the Deputy Assistant Attorney General, the Assistant Attorney General, and others on the status of all cases and matters.
  • Oversees and helps to coordinate the preparation and litigation assignments of paralegals and clerical personnel.
  • Provides asset forfeiture and money laundering training to other federal prosecutors, federal, state and local law enforcement, and international partners.
Qualifications

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, 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.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

The incumbent plays a unique and essential role in the Department’s fight against money laundering and its effort to forfeit criminal proceeds.  The incumbent is responsible for investigating and litigating money laundering and asset forfeiture cases.  Each case requires knowledge of the federal rules of procedure, the federal rules of evidence, and federal criminal statutes relevant to these prosecutions and forfeiture cases.  Cases assigned to the Money Laundering and Forfeiture Unit are often precedent setting or novel.   

The position requires experience and/or a strong interest in the investigation and prosecution of complex financial cases; willingness and ability to master concepts, principles, laws, regulations, and practices relating to domestic and international prosecution of complex cases; mastery of clear and persuasive writing; mastery of concise and informative oral presentation; and a high order of skill in analytical and legal reasoning.  Prior experience investigating and prosecuting money laundering and asset forfeiture cases is desirable.  A high degree of diplomacy, integrity, and tact is essential in coordinating many sensitive Department initiatives, as well as the ability and commitment to build expertise and capability in money laundering and forfeiture law and practice.  Experience with the Classified Information Procedures Act (CIPA) is desirable.

In addition, experience with domestic wiretaps, obtaining foreign evidence and testimony, including through Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) requests, investigating and prosecuting cyber and virtual currency matters, foreign language fluency, and experience with foreign arrests and extraditions, are desirable.

Application Process

The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

Please submit your application through USAJOBS. The list of required documents can be found in the USAJobs announcement.

  1.  If you do not already have an account, please create a USAjobs account before applying Create an Account. You will be able to upload your resume and supporting documents and complete your profile prior to applying.
  2. Once you have an account, apply to the USAjobs vacancy: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/565965000 .
Salary

The salary range for this position is $121,316 – $170,800 per annum, which includes locality pay. See OPM’s Web page at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2020/….

Number of Positions
1
Travel
Domestic and occasional international travel will be required for witness interviews and trial preparation. Domestic travel for trials, and periodic training at the Department's National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina will also be required.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses are 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 17, 2020