The International Trade Field Office (ITFO) represents the United States, its departments and agencies, and federal officials in both affirmative and defensive litigation in the United States Court of International Trade. ITFO also handles appeals of the Court of International Trade decisions in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Matters within ITFO's area of responsibility include, among others: importer challenges to U.S. Customs and Border Protection decisions concerning the classification and valuation of imported merchandise, and other questions arising under the tariff laws; lawsuits relating to the interpretation and application of trade-related presidential proclamations, executive orders, international treaties and free trade agreements; disputes over the government's refusal to grant or the revocation of various licenses under the customs laws; and actions for the collection of duties and penalties under the customs laws. The majority of these cases are reviewed de novo, although some may be reviewed on an administrative record.
The ITFO seeks experienced attorneys to represent the United States in all aspects of "first chair" trial and appellate litigation. At the trial stage, attorneys personally manage their own cases, conduct fact investigation, work with expert witnesses, serve and respond to written discovery, take and defend depositions, write all substantive and procedural briefs, conduct all aspects of any trial, and present oral argument in the United States Court of International Trade. Attorneys also personally handle all aspects of appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In addition, attorneys engage in settlement negotiations, and recommend settlements of litigation when appropriate. In handling cases, attorneys work closely with counsel from Federal client agencies.
The ITFO offers an energetic, collegial work environment that requires attorneys to exercise sound judgment at all times. Attorneys must have excellent time-management skills and be willing to assume substantial responsibility. Because ITFO attorneys appear in a court with nationwide jurisdiction, frequent travel is required.
Applicants must have graduated 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; 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 must have a strong interest in trial and appellate work, excellent writing and oral advocacy skills, and an exceptional academic background. Judicial clerkship experience is highly desirable.
You must submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample -not to exceed 20 pages. 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.
Electronic applications are strongly encouraged.
You may EMAIL your application to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, hard copies can be mailed to:
U.S. Department of Justice
International Trade Field Office
26 Federal Plaza, Room 346
New York, New York 10278
Please use 'ITFO-NY-2016-2' as your SUBJECT LINE.
Positions open until filled. You must submit your application so that it will be RECEIVED by the closing date of the announcement.