The Appellate Staff of the Civil Division represents the United States in a broad range of civil appellate litigation. The Appellate Staff handles appeals involving all of the subject-matter areas litigated by the Civil Division, including appeals arising out of civil cases handled by the United States Attorneys nationwide. Appellate Staff attorneys practice in all thirteen of the federal courts of appeals, and other courts as appropriate. The Appellate Staff's portfolio includes many of the most difficult and controversial cases in which the Federal Government is involved. Typical matters concern the litigation of legal questions central to the Government's business, defending federal statutes and regulations and the Executive Branch's prerogatives, preserving the public fisc and protecting national security. The Appellate Staff also works with the Office of the Solicitor General to prepare Supreme Court filings in civil cases. For more information on the Appellate Staff go to: https://www.justice.gov/civil/appellate-staff.
The Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice is seeking 4 qualified, experienced attorneys for positions in the Appellate Staff, located in Washington, DC. Appellate Staff attorneys represent the United States, its agencies, and its officers in civil cases in the federal courts of appeals and other appellate courts, personally brief and argue appellate cases assigned to them, draft recommendations and memoranda for the Solicitor General and other officials on a range of litigation matters, and work with the Office of the Solicitor General to prepare Supreme Court filings.
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 two years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-13 level; 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.
Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in appellate work, excellent writing and analytical skills, and an exceptional academic background. Federal judicial clerkship experience is highly desirable.
To apply for this position, you must submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (not more than 15 pages in length). If you are claiming veterans preference, you must also submit your DD-214, and/or other documentation that you may have.
Applicants are encouraged to apply by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than midnight on April 17, 2020.
Applicants may also send their materials by commercial courier service, (FedEx or UPS) to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Division, Appellate Staff
950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Room 7519
Washington, DC 20005
ATTN: Mark Freeman, Director
No telephone calls, please.
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.