Experienced Attorney /GS-14/15

The United States Department of Justice is seeking an experienced attorney to work in the Professional Responsibility Advisory Office (PRAO), located in Washington, D.C.

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About the Office: The United States Department of Justice is seeking an experienced attorney to work in the Professional Responsibility Advisory Office (PRAO), located in Washington, D.C. PRAO is responsible for providing prompt and consistent advice to Department attorneys on how to perform their duties in compliance with the applicable rules of professional conduct. It also conducts training for Department attorneys and serves as a liaison with state and federal bar associations. Additionally, PRAO provides coordination with litigating components of the Department to defend attorneys in any disciplinary or other hearing, where it is alleged that they have failed to meet their ethical obligations.

Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The incumbent of this position will:

- provide timely, professional and appropriate responses to requests for advice, assistance or information from Department of Justice attorneys, including Assistant United States Attorneys, on issues relating to the rules of professional conduct;

- conduct research and draft legal memoranda concerning the application of the rules of professional conduct to the practice of law by Department of Justice lawyers;

- prepare training materials and conduct training; and

- develop, coordinate and execute special projects or studies as assigned by PRAO’s Director.

Qualifications: Required qualifications: Candidate must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a state, territory, or the District of Columbia, and have relevant post-J.D. legal experience. Expertise in the rules of professional conduct is not required.

Preferred qualifications: At least five years of legal experience and/or experience litigating civil or criminal cases on behalf of the United States.

Travel: Limited travel to conduct training for one to two days at a time may be required.

Salary Information: Salary and grade level determinations are made based on the number of years of qualifying experience and current salary level. The salary range for this position is $105,211 – 155,500 (GS-14 /GS-15).

Location: Washington, DC

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

Submission Process and Deadline Date: To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter and a writing sample (a brief or comparable analytic legal exposition that is your work product) to:

Maria McClam
U.S. Department of Justice
Professional Responsibility Advisory Office
1425 New York Ave., NW, Ste 12000
Washington, D.C. 20530

No telephone calls please. This vacancy will remain open until filled but not later than December 26, 2012.

Internet Sites: For more information about PRAO, please visit our Web page at: http://www.usdoj.gov/prao/.

This and selected other legal position announcements may be found on the Internet at: http://www.usdoj.gov/oarm and http://dojnet.doj.gov/oarm/attvacancies.php.

Department Policies: The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any non merit factor. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys’ Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department’s mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

There is no formal rating system for applying veterans’ preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans’ preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans’ preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the “point” system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).


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