The Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking experienced attorneys to fill two (2) Trial Attorney positions in the Division's Appellate Section in Washington, D.C. The Appellate Section plays a crucial role in defending the integrity and constitutionality of the Department's investigations and prosecutions. Attorneys in the Appellate Section write briefs and argue cases in the courts of appeals; prepare draft briefs and certiorari petitions for the Solicitor General (SG) for filing in the U.S. Supreme Court; make recommendations to the SG regarding whether further review is warranted when adverse decisions have been rendered in the district courts and courts of appeals; and brief and argue motions in district courts in cases of national importance.
The Trial Attorney:
- Handles criminal cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeals, including briefing and oral arguments. Cases include those prosecuted by U.S. Attorney's Offices and other litigating sections in the Criminal Division.
- Drafts briefs in merits cases before the Supreme Court, either as a party or an amicus, for the SG's Office. This includes attending moot courts and oral arguments with attorneys from the SG's Office.
- Writes memoranda recommending whether to seek further review of adverse decisions in criminal cases.
- Drafts briefs for the SG's Office in opposition to certiorari petitions in the Supreme Court.
- Prepares and argues pleadings in significant district court cases.
- Provides advice to Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) on a variety of substantive, contentious, and complex issues.
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 have at least 1.5 years of post J.D. experience. Service as a judicial law clerk counts as relevant experience, but is not required.
Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing.
GS-13: 1.5 years of post J.D. legal experience, including one year of specialized experience. Examples of specialized experience include: preparing pleadings, briefs, motions, and other legal documents related to civil or criminal litigation.
GS-14: 2.5 years of post J.D. legal experience, including one year of specialized experience. Examples of specialized experience include: preparing pleadings, briefs, motions, affidavits, and other materials involving legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting civil or criminal litigation (including appeals); analyzing cases for legal sufficiency; and providing expert legal advice and consultation.
GS-15: 4 years of post J.D. legal experience, including one year of specialized experience. Examples of specialized experience include: preparing court papers and materials, presentations, and other written material involving or addressing unique or difficult legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting complex civil or criminal litigation (including appeals); analyzing cases for legal sufficiency; and providing expert, specialized advice and consultation.
Preferred Qualifications: Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following competencies.
- Ability to communicate clearly through well-organized and accurately written documents.
- Ability to perform cogent and correct legal analysis on a variety of contentious and complex substantive issues.
- Ability to provide legal advice to others.
- Ability to manage a heavy legal case load.
- Ability to argue persuasively in court.
The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
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