Position Information


Trial Attorney
The Criminal Section is seeking attorneys to investigate and prosecute sensitive and complex cases involving violations of federal criminal civil rights statutes, including those that prohibit deprivations of rights under color of law, hate crimes, human trafficking, and interference with reproductive health care services. 

The selectee(s) will also: 

Review and analyze allegations of criminal violations; develop strategies for investigations; coordinate with federal law enforcement agencies to ensure that cases are investigated thoroughly and effectively; develop testimonial and documentary evidence relevant to cases; present evidence to federal grand juries; identify relevant legal issues in cases and investigations; recommend for or against federal prosecution; meet and confer with officials from the Civil Rights Division, the Department of Justice, other federal, state, and local government agencies, and interested non-governmental organizations; and establish good working relationships with partners from United States Attorney's Offices and federal investigative agencies nationwide;
Prepare and present cases for prosecution, to include: preparing grand jury authorization requests, prosecution summaries, and indictment recommendations; preparing indictments, motions, pleadings, and briefs; conducting pretrial discovery and motions practice; developing testimonial and documentary evidence for trial; and conducting every aspect of trial preparation and trial presentation in federal criminal trials in jurisdictions across the United States; and
Handle non-litigation matters that arise in relation to the Section's mission of investigating and prosecuting criminal civil rights and cases. These non-litigation duties might include participating in strategy and coordination meetings; conducting legal trainings, public presentations, and other forms of outreach; meeting with interested persons regarding prosecutorial decisions; and other non-litigation duties.
Position: Trial Attorney
Organization: U.S. Department of Justice
Location: Washignton,  DC 
United States
Salary: $121,316 to $170,800
Posting Start Date: 5/6/2020
Date Posted: 5/6/2020
Requirements
  • Conditions of Employment
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • All male applicants born after 12/31/1959 must have registered for the selective service. If selected, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
  • You will need to successfully complete a pre-employment background security process pending completion and adjudication of the background investigation before you can be appointed into an attorney position.
  • You must have a Juris Doctorate degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state or territory of the United States, the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.

Qualifications
Required Qualifications: 

Applicants must possess a J.D. from an American Bar Association accredited law school, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction), and possess at least 2.5 years of post-professional law degree experience commensurate to the grade level of eligibility. Applicants also must have strong, demonstrated qualifications in the following areas: academic achievement; substantive knowledge and expertise in the laws, rules and regulations applicable to the work of the section or substantially similar laws, rules and regulations; written and oral communication skills; the ability to analyze complex issues; skill and experience working collaboratively and productively with others; organizational skills; professional judgment; initiative; and the ability to excel in a fast-paced, demanding environment. In addition, applicants must have outstanding professional references.

Preferred Qualifications:

The following qualifications are preferred, but not required: (1) first-chair criminal prosecution or defense experience; (2) criminal or civil jury trial experience; (3) federal criminal or civil litigation experience; (4) experience with complex criminal investigations, especially in utilizing investigative grand juries; (5) experience in human trafficking, and/or human rights issues; and (6) substantial knowledge of federal constitutional law. Other preferred qualifications include judicial clerkships (especially in federal court), law review, moot court, clinical experience, and skills and experience working cooperatively and productively with a range of people, such as charging parties, witnesses, respondents, disadvantaged or disenfranchised groups, opposing counsel, judicial or administrative officials, advocacy groups, law enforcement personnel, and the staff of other federal or state governmental agencies.

Possessing the minimum post law degree legal experience does not guarantee the applicant will be selected at that grade level. 
GS-14 - minimum 2.5 years post-JD legal experience
GS-15 - minimum 4 years post-JD legal experience
Education
You must possess a J.D. degree 
Status: This listing expires on: 6/5/2020
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Organization Information
Name:
U.S. Department of Justice
Address:
Civil Rights Division
950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washignton,  DC 20530
United States
Email:
James.Chevalier@usdoj.gov
Phone:
(202) 307-5686
Fax:
Contact:
James Chevalier