Trial Attorney

Department Of Justice, Office...
Washington D.C.
Dec 12, 2016
Apr 11, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

Appointment to this position may be filled by permanent appointment or current DOJ employees may be selected through a reimbursable detail (with the potential for conversion to a permanent appointment).

Capital Case Section (CCS) attorneys work with United States Attorneys' Offices in relation to all aspects of capital prosecutions including acting as co-counsel in federal capital trials, assisting with the preparation of submissions of capitaleligible cases for Department review, providing guidance on death penalty related aspects of the pre-trial and trial process, and periodically assisting on direct appeals and collateral review under 18 U.S.C. § 2255. CCS attorneys assist the Attorney General's Review Committee on Capital Cases in reaching its recommendation to the Attorney General in deciding whether the death penalty should be sought in each capital-eligible case submitted pursuant to the DOJ death penalty protocol. CCS also provides training and resource materials to federal prosecutors for handling capital cases; provides advice and staff support to senior department officials on policy matters related to handling capital cases; drafts and/or reviews proposed legislation, amendments, regulations, testimony, briefing materials, public statements, and correspondence on capital punishment issues; and collects and maintains current information and materials for a brief bank and resource center for capital prosecutors.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional domestic travel with periods of significant travel often required.

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  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position.
  • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.
  • You may be required to take a drug test.
  • Required Qualifications: Interested applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and have at least four (4) years post J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: independently performing legal analysis; composing pleadings, briefs and other court documents involving unique and/or difficult legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting highly complex civil or criminal litigation; and leading paralegals and support staff. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing.

    Preferred Qualifications: Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following competencies. You are required to respond to each competency in the occupational questionnaire portion of this announcement. Failure to respond to these questions may result in your being deemed not highly qualified for the position.

    • Experience in supporting, litigating, and supervising criminal cases in federal or state courts. Experience handling violent crime cases.
    • Experience handling federal criminal prosecutions on behalf of the U. S. Department of Justice.
    • Experience in preparing and submitting cases pursuant to the U.S. Department of Justice's death penalty protocol.
    • Experience trying capital cases.


    A J.D. Degree.

    Other Requirements:

    • You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.
    • All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service (see If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
    • DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.


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