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Appellate Attorney, Office of the Solicitor General

The Office of the Solicitor General is responsible for the District’s appellate litigation and handles high-profile matters of both local and national importance. The Office practices most frequently before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. The Office’s attorneys handle appeals involving a variety of substantive areas including constitutional law, employment law, contracts, torts, tax, criminal law, and administrative law. The attorney will:

  1. Handle a high volume of briefs and appellate arguments, principally in the D.C. Court of Appeals and the D.C. Circuit;

  2. Advise trial divisions and client agencies on whether to consider appellate mediation or settlement;

  3. Assist colleagues in preparing for arguments through moot courts;

  4. Draft recommendations on whether to take an affirmative appeal from an adverse trial decision, seek rehearing en banc, or file a petition for certiorari;

  5. Provide strategic advice to trial divisions, the Solicitor General, and the Attorney General on matters of significant importance;

  6. Keep abreast of developments in District and federal law; and

  7. Perform other related duties as assigned.   

Position: Appellate Attorney, Office of the Solicitor General
Organization: Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
Location: Washington,  DC 
United States
Salary: $113,481 - $134,103
Posting Start Date: 10/2/2020
Date Posted: 10/2/2020
The candidate should have the following qualifications:

1. J.D. degree and an active bar membership. If the successful candidate is not a member of the D.C. Bar, he/she must be sworn into the D.C. Bar within 360 days of his/her initial appointment;
2. Significant appellate litigation experience (5+ years preferred);
3. Substantial knowledge of D.C. law or broad experience in areas of law relevant to D.C. government practice;
4. Exceptional legal research and writing skills;
5. Strong oral advocacy skills; and
6. Appellate clerkship experience strongly encouraged. 
WORK STATUS: The selected candidate is not expected to be onsite until the COVID-19 emergency response ends.
ELIGIBILITY:  The successful candidate must have a law degree and be an active member in good standing of the bar of any jurisdiction.  If not a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the candidate must be sworn into the District of Columbia Bar within 360 days of his/her initial appointment with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.
HOW TO APPLY: Interested candidates must apply online. All applications must include the completed questionnaire, along with a cover letter, resume, list of three references, and a writing sample. Candidates will only be able to submit the application once, and will not be able to return to add attachments or make any changes to their application once it has been submitted.
Status: This listing expires on: 11/1/2020
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Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
Office of Solicitor General
400 6th Street NW
Washington,  DC 20001
United States