Trial Attorney (Litigation Unit)

Criminal Division
Attorney
Washington, DC 20004
United States
17-CRM-NDD-016
About the Office: 

The Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section (NDDS) supervises and has responsibility for enforcing federal statutes pertaining to narco-terrorism, narcotic drugs and other controlled substances. The section advises the Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, Department of Justice and other federal officials involved in drug enforcement on all matters related to federal narcotics and narco-terrorism law enforcement including proposed and enacted legislation, policy, enforcement initiatives, and criminal and civil litigation. The section has direct litigation responsibilities in significant drug and narco-terrorism investigations and prosecutions targeting national and international narcotics trafficking and money laundering organizations. This position is located in the Litigation Unit and requires a 3 year commitment to NDDS.

Job Description: 

The U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, NDDS, currently seeks a Trial Attorney for the Litigation Unit. This position reports through the Assistant Deputy Chief to the Section's Deputy Chief of Litigation. The Litigation Unit attorneys work with federal law enforcement agencies to identify, investigate and prosecute the most significant national and international drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. Litigation Unit attorneys prosecute major transnational narcotic traffickers and money launderers in the U.S. courts, using evidence gathered by U.S. federal agents and foreign law enforcement officials abroad.

NDDS is recruiting an experienced, motivated individual who is seeking to join a dedicated group committed to addressing this emerging national security threat, and who possess a genuine interest in serving our country in this important mission. NDDS seeks an individual capable of working closely with both U.S. and other international law enforcement authorities to investigate and charge these traffickers, and who possesses the experience and confidence to try these traffickers in the U.S. Federal Courts. The incumbent independently directs, conducts, and monitors investigations, prepares and conducts trials and related post-trial litigation, and advises on pleadings and other court filings. As a Trial Attorney, the incumbent:

  • Contributes to the development and maintenance of the Section's program to foster effective national and international investigation and prosecution of the manufacture, distribution, possession and use of illicit narcotics, narco-terrorism, and money laundering. This includes advising on strategy and legal complexities and participating in efforts to develop litigation priorities, policy, and legislative recommendations.
  • Leads and undertakes the most complex investigations and prosecutions within the federal courts in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States; makes charging decisions and proposes dispositions with regard to assigned cases, issues lacking precedent, and other challenges in compliance with Department, Division, and Section policies and practices.
  • Investigates and pursues asset forfeiture related to illicit narcotics, narco-terrorism, and money laundering.
  • Coordinates, deconflicts and partners with U.S. Attorneys and attorneys in other federal law enforcement agencies in the development and management of illicit narcotics, narco-terrorism, and money laundering investigations and prosecutions. Advises and instructs federal agents and U.S. Attorneys on complicated questions of law and Departmental policy.
  • Advises, consults with, and briefs the Assistant Attorney General, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Section Chief, et al., reporting on the status of all cases and matters related to narcotics, narco-terrorism, and money laundering criminal enforcement.
  • Oversees and helps to coordinate the preparation and litigation assignments of paralegals and clerical personnel.
  • Mentors and advises more junior attorneys.
  • Participates in outreach and training conducted by NDDS trial attorneys throughout the United States and abroad.
Qualifications: 

Required Qualifications: Interested applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and have at least four (4) years of post-J.D. legal experience. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing, and must also have, or be eligible for, a Top Secret clearance.

Grade Specific Qualifications: To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have four (4) or more years of post-J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: independently performing legal analysis; composing pleadings, briefs and other court documents involving unique and/or difficult legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting highly complex civil or criminal litigation.

Salary: 
GS-15: $128,082.00 - 160,300.00 per year
Travel: 
Occasional domestic and international travel will be required.
Application Process: 

The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

 

Please submit your application through USAJOBS. The list of required documents can be found in the USAJobs announcement.

  1. If you do not already have an account, please create a USAjobs account before applying: Create an Account. You will be able to upload your resume and supporting documents and complete your profile prior to applying.
  2. Once you have an account, apply to the USAjobs vacancy: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/457439400 
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated November 23, 2016

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