The Environment and Natural Resources Division ("ENRD") of the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking experienced litigators for its Land Acquisition Section in Washington, D.C. The Land Acquisition Section ("LAS") is responsible for acquiring land and other real property on behalf of the United States through condemnation proceedings for purposes ranging from establishing national parks to creating military training facilities to expanding land ports of entry. Recent cases being handled by LAS include the acquisition of land to create and expand national parks and forests such as the Flight 93 National Memorial and the Florida Everglades National Park. LAS also has initiated cases throughout the United States for military and national security reasons, including construction of land ports of entry and other border infrastructure such as the Peace Arch in Blaine, Washington, expansion of military training facilities in California and Louisiana, and storage of the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The legal issues involved include the power of the United States to condemn under specific acts of Congress, ascertainment of the market value of property with millions of dollars at stake and applicability of land use regulations. LAS offers an opportunity for those interested in complex civil litigation involving discovery, motion practice, settlement and trial work.
ENRD seeks to attract, retain, and promote individuals of exceptional ability and talent from all walks of life. The work environment and atmosphere are open, diverse, collegial, and inclusive. ENRD places a high value on and fosters a work environment where people of all backgrounds, physical abilities, sexual orientations and experiences may reach their full potential.
ENRD has continued to rank among the top 5 federal subcomponents for the past five years, holding the #1 slot for three years consecutively. Our office is conveniently located near the Navy Memorial/Archives Metro. A wide variety of shopping venues, the Verizon Center, museums, the National Mall, restaurants and coffee shops are all within walking distance. We also offer access to an onsite fitness center.
To learn more about ENRD visit us at: http://www.justice.gov/enrd/About_ENRD.html
Successful applicants will litigate complex cases associated with exercise of the United States government’s power of eminent domain in federal district courts throughout the country. The Section is organized into teams in an effort to promote a collaborative and supportive environment. The Section’s cases typically involve significant factual and expert discovery, a substantial motions practice, settlement negotiations and trial. This position will allow the selected applicants to utilize their legal research, writing and oral advocacy skills in all aspects of their assigned cases.
Successful applicants must have the following:
at least two years of litigation and/or judicial experience to qualify for the GS-13 grade level;
at least three years of litigation and/or judicial experience to qualify for the GS-14 grade level;
at least five years of litigation and/or judicial experience to qualify for the GS-15 grade level,
In addition to the above qualifications applicants must possess a J.D. degree; be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction); and be a U.S. citizen.
In addition qualified applicants must demonstrate the ability to work well in a collaborative, team-oriented environment, outstanding legal writing skills, and a commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards. Experience in civil litigation involving real property and work with expert witnesses is desirable, but not necessary.
You must submit your application so that it will be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time Zone on the closing date of the announcement.
Please refer to this link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/407464600 and review the "How To Apply" section and vacancy announcement in its entirety to ensure proper application procedures are followed.