The Civil Division, with more than 1,000 attorneys and 14 litigating components, represents the United States, its departments and agencies, Members of Congress, Cabinet officers and other Federal employees.
Covering twelve diverse litigation areas, the Federal Programs Branch defends the United States, the Executive Office of the President, and federal agencies in cases challenging the legality of government policies and actions brought in federal district courts. The Branch’s work touches on almost all areas of the federal government, including national security, foreign affairs, and high-profile domestic policy initiatives. The Branch also handles constitutional challenges to federal statutes, challenges to significant federal personnel policies and employment actions, and suits under the Freedom of Information Act and other statutes involving government information. Although most of its litigation is defensive, the Branch also brings affirmative cases to enjoin actions of state and local governments under the Supremacy Clause and to enforce a variety of agency statutory and regulatory powers.
More information about the Branch can be found here: https://www.justice.gov/civil/federal-programs-branch.
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.
Trial attorneys in the Federal Programs Branch are generalists who participate in significant, often high-profile litigation across a broad range of practice areas. Trial Attorneys are expected to handle all phases of district court litigation, including taking and defending depositions, managing written discovery, conducting legal research and analysis, writing briefs and other documents, attending court conferences, arguing motions, and conducting trials. As part of their work, Trial Attorneys communicate regularly with client agencies, Department of Justice leadership, opposing counsel, and others. Trial Attorneys work on both individual and team cases in support of the Branch’s and Department’s mission of defending the interests of the United States.
Location: Washington, D.C.
This is not a remote location position.
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 one year of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-12 level; two years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-13 level; and three years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-14 level. You must also be a U.S. citizen.
You must submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample. (15 pages or less) If you are claiming veterans preference, you must also submit your DD-214, and/or other documentation that support your claim. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT ANY OTHER DOCUMENTATION.
Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by email to:FederalPrograms.Vacancies@usdoj.gov.
Please use 'Announcement DE-11819606-23-CC as your SUBJECT LINE.
Applicants may also send their materials by commercial courier service, (FedEx or UPS) to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch
1100 L Street, NW, Room 11316
Washington, DC 20005
ATTN: Bonnie Brown
Do not send your application documents to the Agency Contact.
No telephone calls, please.
You must submit your application so that it will be RECEIVED by the closing date of the announcement - EST.
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.