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 Special Litigation Section (SPL or Section) is one of several Sections in the Civil Rights Division. SPL is seeking one or more experienced attorneys for the position of Trial Attorney. The attorneys selected for this position will be dedicated to the Section's work under the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 addressing systemic violations of the Constitution and other federal law by police and other law enforcement agencies. More specifically, the attorneys' work primarily will be devoted to investigating, negotiating, and litigating matters relating to this work.
Division offices are near metro transportation systems or other public transportation, and are conveniently accessible to restaurants, museums and other D.C. area attractions. Most jobs in the Division offer alternative work schedules and other family friendly opportunities are available. Most employees who commute by public transportation are provided transit subsidy benefits.
Additional positions may be filled from this vacancy announcement.
The incumbents will be responsible for duties such as, but not limited to: 1) conducting investigations, litigation, and negotiations; 2) working with managers to develop and establish strategies and priorities for enforcement; 3) working with team members to coordinate with other federal agencies and other components within the Department of Justice to develop strategies for effective and efficient information sharing and case referrals; and 4) conducting outreach. The incumbents will be responsible for screening and developing new matters, conducting comprehensive investigations involving in-person visits, witness interviews, and work with experts, analyzing data, drafting written recommendations including legal analyses, litigating all aspects of the Section's enforcement duties and negotiating, monitoring, and enforcing settlement agreements.
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 demonstrated academic achievement; demonstrated substantive knowledge and expertise in the laws, rules and regulations applicable to the work of the section or substantively similar laws, rules, and regulations; demonstrated ability to handle effectively all aspects of difficult cases and materials with minimal supervision, and the ability to delegate responsibility to other staff; demonstrated ability to manage a significant docket, handle several difficult or complex cases and matters at the same time, and meet applicable deadlines; excellent written and oral communication skills; outstanding skill and experience working collaboratively and productively with others; demonstrated initiative; and the ability to excel in a fast-paced, demanding environment.
At least 1.5 years-GS-13 ($90,823 to $118,069 per annum)
At least 2.5 years-GS-14 ($107,325 to $139,523 per annum)
At least 4 years-GS-15 ($126,245.00 - $158,700 per annum)
Given the nature and volume of this work, the Section generally seeks candidates with significant litigation experience. Applicants with one or more of the following qualifications are preferred: (1) civil or criminal trial experience; (2) federal civil or criminal litigation experience; (3) experience with complex investigations; (4) skill and experience identifying, developing, and implementing outreach efforts or public presentations; (5) knowledge of police practices and experience enforcing laws related to police conduct; (6) demonstrated sound professional judgment, including the ability to develop and implement effective advocacy strategies and balance competing priorities; and (7) Spanish-language "Speaking 2+" (Limited Working Proficiency, Plus) for speaking and listening, as defined in Interagency Language Roundtable skill level descriptions, www.govtilr.org/). Applicants given a preference for language proficiency must undergo testing to verify their level of proficiency. 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, including individuals from 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.
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone) on Tuesday, July 28, 2015.
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. Sch A documentation, if applicable
To apply for this position, see page at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/407509600.