Assistant Counsel

Washington, D.C
Jun 24, 2022
Jul 01, 2022
Full Time

The Office of the Law Revision Counsel-a small, nonpartisan office within the U.S. House of Representatives-seeks an attorney primarily focused on the codification function of the Office. The Office has two main functions: (1) to maintain the United States Code and (2) to draft legislation to enact individual titles of the Code as positive law. This position is geared toward the second function.

The codification work of the Office involves a number of tasks, including:

· Drafting codification bills to restate existing law as positive law titles of the United States Code.

· Drafting conforming amendments and technical amendments to existing law to update the United States Code.

· Drafting an explanation document that accompanies a codification bill, which includes creating table entries explaining disposition of provisions affected by the codification bill, drafting detailed revision notes to explain word changes, etc.

· Reviewing draft codification and follow-up bills and explanation documents, including proofreading and substantive review, to ensure that no change in meaning or effect of the law is made by any such bill.

· Researching legal sources such as legislative histories, court cases, regulations, etc., to ensure proposed restatement conforms to the understood policy and intent of Congress.

· Adhering to codification style in drafting bills and consulting other style manuals.

· Requesting comments from congressional committees, government agencies, and interested private parties and considering those comments in drafting codification bills.

· Consulting with attorney editors on matters relating to non-positive law titles of the U.S. Code.

· Assisting other codification attorneys in updating style manual and developing codification guidelines.

· Adapting to a changing drafting editor environment that is currently part of the modernization of Office technologies.

In addition to the basic tasks required to enact individual titles of the Code as positive law, other duties may be required, such as assisting Code editors in editorial reclassification of non-positive law titles and in other editorial-related work.

Applicant Instructions
Qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter with salary requirements to:

Office of the Law Revision Counsel
308 Ford HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515

Applicants will be evaluated based on the ability to meet the qualifications stated above. Significant weight will be given to the applicant's cover letter. If chosen for an interview, an applicant will be requested to submit a writing sample.


Conditions of Employment

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J.D. degree and attorney license in any U.S. jurisdiction or intention to obtain license within one year.

· Meticulous attention to detail and dedication to accuracy.

· Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

· Absolute proficiency in grammar, spelling, and usage.

· Ability to analyze complex legal issues.

· Ability to build consensus among team members.

Other conditions to note:

Please be aware that this is a long-term career position with the Office, not a stepping stone to another position within Congress or the Federal Government.

Familiarity with Federal or State statutory law (including statutory construction principles) is highly desirable.

This position is better suited to someone able to engage in extended periods of solitary and independent work.

The work requires patience and a high tolerance for long-term projects.

The ability to adhere to, and function comfortably within, established styles and practices is essential, but input on improving practices is valued.