The Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking qualified, experienced attorneys for permanent or 24-month detail appointments to Trial Attorney positions in the Fraud Section's Special Matters Unit (SMU). Specifically, the incumbent will conduct, supervise, and litigate legal privilege matters and filter reviews on behalf of the Fraud Section's three litigating units.
The Fraud Section’s three litigating units—the Health Care Fraud Unit, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit and the Market Integrity and Major Frauds Unit—investigate and prosecute both domestic white-collar crime across the United States, often in partnership with U.S. Attorney’s Offices, as well as international bribery and financial fraud, at times in coordination with global law enforcement agencies and regulators.
The Special Matters Unit is responsible for coordinating a variety of Fraud Section significant matters and initiatives as well as the Privilege Review Team. The SMU is responsible for working with the Fraud Section’s three litigating units to establish uniform practices for handling evidence collection and review that implicate claims of attorney-client or other privileges. In addition, the SMU may also litigate filter and privilege-related matters when necessary.
Applicants to this announcement may also be considered for other Trial Attorney positions within the Fraud Section, including positions located in the Medicare Strike Forces throughout the U.S.
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.
The Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking qualified, experienced attorneys for permanent or detail appointments to Trial Attorney positions in the Fraud Section’s Special Matters Unit (SMU). Specifically, the incumbent will conduct, supervise, and litigate legal privilege matters and filter reviews on behalf of the Fraud Section's three litigating units (Health Care Fraud (HCF), Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and Market Integrity and Major Frauds (MIMF)). Upon accepting an offer of permanent appointment employment, applicants must make a three-year commitment to the Fraud Section. Detailees will not be required to make this commitment.
Generally, as a Trial Attorney in the Unit specializing in filter review and privilege matters, the incumbent:
- Advises prosecutors and supervisors throughout the Fraud Section on strategic approaches to identifying and handling issues related to privilege at all stages of criminal investigations and litigation;
- Handles and advises prosecutors regarding pre-indictment privilege-related litigation, including grand jury litigation, that may be necessary to ensure that such matters are being handled appropriately and effectively;
- Supervises and engages in the review of potentially privileged materials;
- Assists in the management of the Section’s programs to develop policies and procedures related to evidence collection and handling for materials that implicate attorney-client or other privileges, including where appropriate the establishment of filter teams or other evidence review processes; and
- Coordinates with U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and federal law enforcement agencies in the development and implementation of privilege and filter teams.
Required Qualifications: Interested applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and be an active member of the bar in good standing.
Grade Specific Qualifications:
- To qualify at the GS-14 grade level, applicants must have at least two and a half (2.5) years post J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-13 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: performing legal analysis and formulating recommendations to senior managers; composing pleadings, briefs, and other court documents involving legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; and conducting civil or criminal litigation.
- To qualify at the GS-15 grade level, applicants must have at least four (4) years 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; and leading paralegals and support staff.
- Expertise in the law of legal privilege, including the Attorney-Client Privilege, Work Product Doctrine, Spousal Privilege, and all exceptions to such privileges, including waiver and the crime-fraud exception;
- Experience supervising attorneys and support staff engaged in the review of potentially privileged materials;
- Experience litigating privilege matters in federal court;
- Experience as a criminal prosecutor;
- Knowledge of white collar criminal litigation;
- Experience in supporting, litigating, and supervising federal or state criminal cases; and
- Experience with the federal judiciary.
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.
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- Once you have an account, apply to the USAjobs vacancy: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/576875300
TCS Relocation/TDY Expenses:
Detail selections for this position may be eligible for either a temporary change of station (TCS) relocation or EX-TDY. Upon selection, a cost comparison will be conducted to evaluate which option will be offered if detailee is outside the Washington D.C. area.
If candidate is offered EX-TDY, transportation, lodging and M&IE will be provided in accordance with government regulations, DOJ policy and the governing Memorandum of Understanding between the detailee and Criminal Division.
If a candidate is offered TCS relocation, relocation expenses will be provided in accordance with government regulations, DOJ policy and the governing Memorandum of Understanding between the detailee and Criminal Division.
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.