Trial Attorney, Public Integrity Section (; Closing 07/8/2022)
POSITION TITLE:Trial Attorney LOCATION:Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia Public Advocacy Division Public Integrity Section 400 Sixth Street, NW Washington, DC 20001WORK STATUS: A hybrid remote telework/in-office schedule option is available upon supervisor approval.COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT:The Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia (OAG) is committed to providing the highest quality legal and programmatic services to the District and its residents while ensuring the health and safety of employees, customers, clients, volunteers, contractors, and other visitors.The District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General values the safety of our employees, our residents, and our visitors. In support of these values, OAG employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19,including having received a booster shot within five months from either the date of the second shot for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines (or two months from the single-shot of Johnson & Johnson),except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are the selected candidate, as of your start date, you must provide proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including timely received booster vaccine,or you must request an exemption from your representative.JOB REQUISITION NUMBER: #2022- 119NUMBER OF VACANCIES: One (1) OPENING DATE: June 24, 2022 CLOSING DATE: July 8, 2022 SALARY RANGE: $106,884 - $121,136 (Steps 1-5)This salary range is within the Legal Service salary schedule. The salary range isbased on a multitude of factors including applicable rules,regulationsand guidelines.PAY PLAN, SERIES AND GRADE:LA-905-13TYPE OF APPOINTMENT:Legal Service Permanent AppointmentCOLLECTIVE BARGAINING UNIT:This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFGE Local 1403. If you opt to join the union, and consent, a service fee will be paid through direct payroll deduction.AREA OF CONSIDERATION:Open to the PublicDESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:The Public Integrity Section of the Public Advocacy Division seeks an experienced litigation attorney to represent the District of Columbia in investigations and civil litigation arising under the District of Columbia Antitrust Act and federal antitrust statutes. The Public Advocacy Division investigates and litigates civil cases aimed at protecting the public interest. The Public Integrity Section brings enforcement cases against companies and individuals that engage in unlawful activity causing harm to the public or harm to the District government itself. The Section prosecutes a wide range of cases, including cases seeking damages or injunctive relief for violations of the antitrust and nonprofit and charities laws. The attorney in this position will primarily handle cases involving antitrust investigations and litigation. However, the attorney in this position may also work on other types of matters handled by the Public Advocacy Division.The Public Integrity Section enforces District and federal antitrust law and District statutes and common law relating to nonprofit corporations and charities. Antitrust cases involve conduct or mergers or acquisitions that reduce competition, increasing prices or decreasing output or quality of products or services. The District"s Antitrust Act provides tools for the District to investigate and prosecute antitrust cases locally. The District also has authority to enforce federal antitrust laws, including the Sherman Act and the Clayton Act, and brings cases under these statutes in federal court. The District participates in multistate and state-federal coalitions investigating and litigating antitrust actions.MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Incumbent reviews information presented and relevant case law to determine whether a proceeding or filing should be initiated. Reviews for this purpose include interviewing agency officials, other potential witnesses, available documents and sources of information.Incumbent is responsible for preparing complaints, responses, motions, legal briefs/memoranda as appropriate.Prepares and conducts litigation including preparation of witnesses and exhibits; collection and organization of evidence; preparation and conduct of preliminary proceedings; identification, procurement and preparation of expert services; examination of witnesses; and oral arguments.Performs extensive legal research; prepares detailed memoranda of findings to support conclusion of cases in accord with judicial and office policies, procedures and precedents; informs supervisor of findings of facts and resolution of assigned cases.Negotiates resolution of cases and determines, with the approval of the supervisor, when continued proceedings are no longer in the best interest of the District of Columbia, and prepares documentation and necessary court papers to implement negotiations.Performs all functions related to case and calendar management, such as pretrial, motion and trial scheduling, preparation of case transfer or close-out reports, case file entry updating, documentation of action taken or orders issued, timely preparation and service of fillings, timely issuance of subpoenas, and any other administrative function associated with litigation, incumbent is responsible for keeping abreast of judicial, agency, and other changes in laws and regulations related to the function of programs and the recommendation of appropriate courses of action to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG).Compiles monthly statistical and status reports on cases assigned.Performs other duties as assigned.KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION: Extensive knowledge of applicable District and Federal laws, regulations, guidelines, principles, practices and techniques, including agency policies and relevant judicial decision.Substantial skills in the analysis and resolution of difficult legal issues in an orderly, systematic, and effective manner.Skills in interpreting and applying laws, regulations and practices, including agency policies and relevant judicial decisions.Skills in identifying and isolating controlling legal issues from complex factual situations.Skills in applying and isolating judgment in the review and analysis of matters, and deriving logical conclusions.QUALIFICATIONS:The candidate must havea least four (4) year of relevant specialized experience,1 year of which must have been equivalent to LA-12, or its non-District equivalent gained from either the public or private sector.The successful candidate should possess seven or more years of strong civil litigation experience, familiarity with District and federal antitrust practice, strong legal research and writing skills, and the ability to work independently and exercise strategic and legal judgment. The candidate must be able to analyze complex factual issues to identify and prosecute potential antitrust violations and must be able to handle several complex matters at one time. Familiarity with industrial organization or microeconomics generally is helpful but not required. LICENSURE/CERTIFICATIONS:The incumbent 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. SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:The incumbent works under the general supervision of the supervisor and in close coordination with the appropriate OAG manager and/or the Director. Assignments are on a continuing basis and much of the work is self-generated through recognition of compliance problems and/or proposals requiring study. Incumbent independently plans work and methods of approach, resolving most of the conflicts which arise. Incumbent coordinates work with others and consults with supervisor on policy matters and precedent-settings issues. Work is reviewed for feasibility and effectiveness in meeting objectives and requirements. FLSA Status: ExemptELIGIBILITY: 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 by 11:59 pm of the closing date. All applications must be filled in its entirety, along with a cover letter, resume, a writing sample and a list of three professional references including supervisors. Please ensure that all required documents are included prior to submitting the application.OTHER SIGNIFICANT FACTSGENERAL SUITABILITY SCREENING:The selected candidate will be subject to a general background investigation, including reference checks.PRIORITY CONSIDERATION:Displaced Employee Priority Placement: Candidates who are eligible for the District of Columbia"s Displaced Employee Program (DEP) and Agency Reemployment Priority Placement Program (ARPP) will be given priority consideration for this position if found qualified.EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS: Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation), and sick leave and will be covered under the District of Columbia government"s retirement plan. However, if the selectee was previously employed in the District of Columbia"s government under an appointment for which he/she was eligible for Civil Service Retirement (CSR), contributions to CSR will resume upon re-employment.RESIDENCY PREFERENCE:A person applying for a position in the Career Service, Education Service, Management Supervisory Service, an attorney position in the Legal Service (series 905) other than in the Senior Executive Attorney Service (SEAS), or an attorney in the Excepted Service (series 905) who is a bona fide District resident AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION for the position, maybe awarded a 10-point residency preference over non-District residents" applications unless the person declines the preference points. If selected, the person shall be required to present proofs of bona fide District residency and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the 7-year period will result in forfeiture of employment.Please note, if the position you are applying for is in the Career, Management Supervisory, or Educational Service and the salary offered is at or above an annual salary of one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000), you must establish DC residency within 180 days of appointmentand continue to maintain residency within the District of Columbia throughout the duration of employment. VETERANS" PREFERENCE: Applicants claiming veterans" preference must submit official proof at the time of application. DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1998, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after the conviction of or a plea of guilty to a violation of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, physical disability, matriculation, genetic information, credit information, or status as a victimor family member of a victim of domestic violence, a sexual offense, or stalking.NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION:In accordance with the DC Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, DC Official Code, Section 2-1401.01et.seq., (Act) the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived Race, Color, Religion, National Origin, Sex, Age, Marital Status, Personal Appearance, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity or Expression, Family Responsibilities, Political Affiliation, Disability, Matriculation, Familial Status, Source of Income, Genetic Information, Place of Residence or Business,Status as a Victim of an Intrafamily Offense, Credit Information, or Status as a Victimor Family Member of a Victim of Domestic Violence, a Sexual Offense, or Stalking.Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above-protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.OFFICIAL JOB OFFERS ARE TO BE MADE ONLY BY THE HUMAN RESOURCES SECTION OF THE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.