Trial Attorney - Office of Immigration Litigation-District Court Section

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Sep 20, 2017
Closes
Sep 28, 2017
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

Are you interested in a rewarding and challenging career? Join the U.S. Department of Justice! Join us in serving the United States with honor and integrity!!

The Civil Division, with more than 1,000 Attorneys and 14 litigating components, represents the United States, its departments and agencies, Members of Congress, Cabinet and other Federal employees.

The Office of Immigration Litigation, District Court Section (OIL-DCS) seeks five talented and highly-motivated litigators to join one of its six litigation teams. OIL-DCS is a highly active litigation section in the Civil Division. It represents several agencies at the trial level in immigration cases arising in the 94 federal district courts nationwide and has primary responsibility for handling appeals arising from immigration-related litigation in the district courts. Many of these challenges involve issues of first impression involving constitutional rights and entitlements, statutory interpretation, federal authority over immigration matters, agency rulemaking procedures, and Article III standing. Agencies represented include: the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, and Defense in cases involving a wide range of complex immigration matters; the Department of State in cases involving visas, passports, and other claims to U.S. citizenship; and the Department of Labor in foreign worker wage and alien labor certification matters. The Section also handles national security matters, including denaturalization of individuals with established terrorism ties, and defends programmatic challenges to Department of Homeland Security and Department of Labor rules governing alien employment authorization, foreign investor, and temporary guest worker programs. Further, the Section defends numerous cases brought by known or suspected terrorists and convicted criminals attempting to acquire immigration benefits, thwart removal, or avoid mandatory detention pending removal. The most complex and time-consuming cases OIL-DCS handles are class action cases, which challenge critical policies and programs relating to the Federal Government's interpretation, administration, and enforcement of immigration law.


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TRAVEL REQUIRED:

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Must complete a Background Investigation to include drug testing
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable
  • May require completion of one year probationary period
  • YOUR RESUME MUST provide specific details as to how your experience meets the specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement if you are using experience to meet all or part of the qualification requirements. Please ensure that your resume includes the month and year that you began and ended each position held or that position will not be credited toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. Full-time employment will be assumed unless otherwise stated on your resume. Part-time employment will be prorated in crediting experience. Failure to provide details will result in an ineligible rating.

    Applicants must be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

    Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), have at least two years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-13 level; have at least three years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-14 level; and four years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-15 level. You must also be a U.S. citizen.

    Applicants should possess superior oral and written communication skills, as well as strong character, judgment, and interpersonal skills; and have demonstrated the capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment.

    Selected applicants must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result before they can be appointed into these positions. Selected applicants will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before they can be appointed into these positions. Entrance on duty is contingent upon preliminary completion of a security clearance.

    Preferred Qualifications: Individuals with civil litigation experience in federal court, including a federal clerkship, are encouraged to apply. Individuals with federal prosecution experience are also encouraged to apply.


    All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see www.ed.gov.

    OR

    Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency with your application materials. More information may be found at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

    All documentation must be in English or include an English translation. https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

    Veteran Preference: If you are entitled to or claim veteran preference (VP), you should indicate the type of veteran preference (5 or 10 points) you are claiming on your resume. In order to determine your eligibility, you can find additional information at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide/.

    NOTE: To verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214(Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions. (1) If you are claiming 10-point preference, you must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 in addition to the supporting documentation required and identified on the reserves side of the SF-15, Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference. (2) If you are claiming 10-point DERIVED PREFERENCE as a relative you must submit Member Copy of the veteran's DD-214, and an SF-15, Application for 10-point veteran preference" in addition to the supporting documentation required and identified on the reverse side of this form. If you fail to do so, you will receive consideration as a non-veteran.

    DOJ EEO Statement/Policy: http://www.justice.gov/jmd/eeos/08-eeo-policy.pdf

    Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Schedule A: DOJ welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department. DOJ also encourages eligible Schedule A applicants to submit their resumes to resume@benderconsult.com, and reference "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line. Additional information is found at: www.benderconsult.com.

    Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Additional information is found at: www.sss.gov.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Your application will be evaluated by a reviewing panel.

    • Resume showing relevant experience, along with a Cover Letter.
    • Writing Sample (not more than 15 pages in length)

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