General Attorney (Civil Rights)

Washington, D.C
May 27, 2022
Jun 01, 2022
Full Time

  • Prepares briefs and presents oral arguments in federal courts of appeals. Prepares other appellate filings, including motions and petitions for rehearing.
  • Participates in all necessary appellate mediation conferences, and drafts any required settlement agreements and memoranda.
  • Prepares memoranda and draft briefs for the Office of the Solicitor General at the Department of Justice in Supreme Court cases.
  • Drafts memoranda addressing whether the Commission should seek further review of adverse decisions or participate as amicus curiae in employment discrimination appeals.
  • Handles appellate cases arising under all of the statutes(**) that EEOC enforces against private-sector employers. (**see statutes below)
  • Works closely with the Office of the Solicitor General at the Department of Justice to represent the EEOC's interests in employment discrimination cases before the United States Supreme Court.
  • Conducts legal research and analysis of factual and legal issues presented; develops legal arguments and strategies.
  • Represents the Commission in appellate cases handled by the Department of Justice that affect the Commission, including defensive litigation.
  • Provide formal and informal legal advice and memoranda to agency leadership.
  • **Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Must have a current Bar License in Good Standing
  • This position is in the Excepted Service


For the GS-14:You must have earned a professional law degree (J.D. or LL.B.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, be an active member of the Bar, and have three years of professional legal experience with at least one year being equivalent to the GS-13 level.

Professional legal education above the first professional law degree may be substituted for experience required as follows:(a) The second professional law degree (LL.M) may be substituted for one year of experience (b) The third law degree (J.S.D) may be substituted for one year of experience beyond the LL.M.

Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements (e.g., time-in-grade and qualification requirements) within 30 days of the closing date specified in the vacancy announcement.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid legal experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


This position has a basic education requirement listed under the Qualifications section of this announcement.

Additional information

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to E.O. 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

Due to COVID-19, EEOC is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies across EEOC.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, please refer to the agency contact information.

Attorneys appointed in the excepted service are required to maintain active membership in a bar within U.S. jurisdiction for the duration of their employment. Attorneys must provide documentation supporting active membership and good standing status (or equivalent) on at least an annual basis.

Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the EEOC 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 application submission documentation.

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see: )

All employees of the Federal government are subject to the conflict of interest statutes and regulations including the Standards of Ethical Conduct that govern activities with outside organizations and reporting financial holdings. This position may require the incumbent to complete a confidential financial disclosure report within 30 days of appointment.