ATTORNEY-ADVISER (GENERAL)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Fort Detrick, Maryland
Posted
Dec 03, 2022
Closes
Dec 11, 2022
Hours
Full Time
Duties

  • Provides specific analysis and detailed advice on the legal and practical meaning and effects of divorce, legal separations, custody and child support obligations. Negotiates on behalf of clients.
  • Advises clients on child and spousal support laws under applicable state laws and the military regulations.
  • Advises and counsels on the purchase and sale of real property, tenants? rights, eviction procedures, and the legal effect and meaning of leases.
  • On indebtedness cases, gives advice and counsel on effect and procedures, to include garnishment rules, repossession procedures, default judgments, credit reporting agencies, and adverse military administrative actions.
  • Advises Soldiers in overcoming adverse military administrative and personnel actions such as Memoranda of Reprimand, financial liability investigations of property loss, security clearance revocations, negative evaluation reports (OERs and NCOERs).
  • Prepares wills, trusts, and advanced health care directives for clients (small estates that do not have federal estate tax consequences).
  • Advises on immigration and naturalization procedures, and cases involving primarily state and local administrative rules for regulating drivers? licenses and motor vehicle registration.
  • Prepares complex powers of attorney and other instruments.
  • Plans, staffs, trains, and operates the Installation Tax Program, beginning in September of the calendar year, and ending in April of the following year for a client population of over 30,000 Soldiers, Family members, and retirees.
  • Investigates Federal Tort Claims Act and Military Claims Act claims against the Army, negotiates settlements with opposing counsel, and asserts affirmative claims on behalf of the Army within delegated authority as a Claims Processing Office.
  • Performs legal assistance services to ensure combat readiness in the event of emergency deployment by taking actions in concert with unit commanders to ensure deployable personnel have their personal legal affairs in order.
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • A two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • This position requires the incumbent be able to obtain and maintain a determination of eligibility for a Secret security clearance for access for the duration of employment.
  • This position requires the incumbent to maintain active bar membership, in good standing (as defined by the pertinent bar) of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.


Qualifications

Who May Apply: US Citizens

Applicants will be evaluated to determine if they meet the minimum qualification requirements and on the extent to which their application shows possession of the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) associated with the position. KSA's:
  • Ability to analyze and provide legal counsel on a wide range of civilian legal issues. Knowledge of statutes, regulations, and case law related to family law, estate planning, real property, consumer finance, immigration, bankruptcy, and special education issues.
  • Ability to analyze and provide legal counsel on range of military legal issues. Knowledge of statutes, regulations, and authorities related to military rights and administrative law.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with civilian and military individuals on matters arising under a legal assistance service or program. Skill in representing individuals and organizations.
  • Ability to effectively assert property loss/damage or personal injury/illness/wrongful death claims within the context of Maryland liability standards on both federal and State property on behalf of your client and to defend against tort claims or military claims act claims asserted against your client. (Extra credit for Federal Tort Claims Act and Military Claims Act prior practice and representation).
  • Ability to produce clear and concise legal documents.

Qualification Requirements: The following minimum qualification requirements must be met before applicants are eligible for further consideration:

Education Requirements: Position requires the possession of the first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) AND active membership in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia. Applicants for initial appointment into attorney positions within the Department of Army must be graduates of law schools accredited by the American Bar Association at the time of the applicant's graduation. As indicated below, a law school transcript must be submitted with your application materials.

Bar Membership: Applicants must currently be a member in good standing (as defined by the pertinent bar) of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. As noted below, proof of such membership and good standing must be submitted with your application materials.

GS-13 Experience: In addition to the requirements above, applicants for the GS-13 or equivalent Attorney positions must also possess 2 years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the bar, commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. Graduation from an ABA-Accredited Law School in the top 25% of the class or an advanced law degree such as an LLM may substitute for one year of the required professional legal experience.

Time in Grade: The Qualifying Authorities (QA's) will make a determination as to the applicability of time in grade based on the requirements of the position. If you are currently employed as an attorney by the Federal government you must have completed one year at the next lower grade level within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement, or previously served at the same or higher grade level as the position being filled.

NOTICE OF VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: There is no formal rating system for applying veteran's preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of the Defense considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor for attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD Form 214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty") to their submissions.

Although the point-preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim a 10-point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference", and supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed. The SF 15 will identify the supporting documentation required along with the list of the types of 10-point preference. The SF 15 is available from the OPM at https://www.gsa.gov/portal/forms/type/sf/ .

Education

Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html .

Additional information

  • PLEASE NOTE THAT REQUIREMENTS FOR EDUCATION, TIME IN GRADE, AND EXPERIENCE MAY BE WAIVED BY THE APPLICABLE AUTHORITY AND THE REQUIREMENTS SHOULD NOT DETER ANY INDIVIDUAL FROM APPLYING FOR THE POSITION.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
  • This is a Career Program (CP) 56 - Legal position.
  • If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .
  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.
  • Due to COVID-19, the agency 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 within a designated time frame identified by the organization. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the agency's telework policy.
  • Information may be requested regarding the vaccination status of selectees for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols. For more information, visit https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/faq/vaccinations/ .