The Office of Legal Policy (OLP) Dispute Resolution Unit, located in Washington, DC, promotes the effective use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). OLP also coordinates the development of the Department’s major policy initiatives, represents the Department in interagency efforts to coordinate and advance the policies of the Administration; manages the Department’s role in selecting, and seeking the confirmation of, the President’s judicial nominees; and reviews and coordinates regulations promulgated by the Department and all of its components.
OLP’s Dispute Resolution Unit is seeking an experienced attorney to serve as Deputy Senior Counsel. Among other things, the Dispute Resolution Unit develops policy and best practices for effective use of ADR processes in Department litigation; monitors and evaluates the use of ADR throughout the Department; represents the Department in exchanges regarding ADR with the private sector, others in the federal government, and representatives of foreign governments; and facilitates use of ADR through training of attorneys, as well as by funding private mediation of litigation and agency administrative disputes. More information is available at http://www.justice.gov/odr/index.html
The Deputy Senior Counsel will be expected to provide legal assistance, advice, and policy guidance to civil litigators in Department components and United States Attorney’s Offices throughout the country; participate in developing programs to assist attorneys in the use of ADR, including training; provide advice in specific cases as needed; perform legal research on issues relating to ADR; develop programs to promote and measure the successful use of ADR; and disseminate information about the office’s mission and goals through outreach to Department litigators and other federal agencies. Willingness to work on topics outside a specific area of expertise and with OLP’s policy, nominations, or regulations units, if needed, is also expected.
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-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 such 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.
Preferred qualifications: Applicants should have significant litigation experience, preferably on behalf of the United States and its agencies. It is preferred that the candidate possess at least seven years of post J.D. legal experience in active litigation and the practice of various forms of ADR. It is also preferred that applicants have management or administrative experience in the legal field, with demonstrated program and financial management experience, as well as experience in training or teaching ADR to attorneys. Applicants should have a strong interest in ADR, excellent writing and interpersonal skills, the ability to manage multiple projects with competing priorities, and should excel at working independently, as well as collaboratively with other attorneys and federal government officials.
Applicants must submit a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience), writing sample (not to exceed 15 pages), and a resume or OF-612 (Optional Application for Federal Employment) to: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Policy (Attn: M. Matthews) via email to Matrina.Matthews@usdoj.gov, via mail to 950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Room 4517, Washington, D.C. 20530, or via fax to 202-616-4566. Email submission is preferred. No telephone calls please. Please reference this announcement, OLP ATY 16-001, in your cover letter.