Attorney (Litigation)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Oct 15, 2018
Closes
Oct 23, 2018
Hours
Full Time
TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Not required


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national.
  • You must be able to pass a background investigation.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see Legal and regulatory guidance below).
  • You may be required to serve a two-year probationary period.
  • Direct deposit of pay is required.
  • You must meet qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.
  • This is a bargaining unit position.
  • You may be required to provide a law school transcript to verify that you meet the qualification requirements of this position.
  • In order to qualify, you must meet the Basic Requirements and the Experience Requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience. Please provide a copy of your unofficial transcripts with your application.

    Basic Requirements (applicable to both grade levels):

    A. Education: Possess a J.D. or LL.B degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.

    AND

    B. Bar Membership: Be an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or territory of the United States.

    In addition to meeting both of the Basic Requirements above, you must meet the experience requirements for the applicable grade level.

    Experience Requirement for the GS-13 Level:

    You must have at least 2 years of progressively responsible professional experience working as a practicing attorney. At least one year of this experience must be comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-12 level, which involves considerable judgment and comprehensive litigation knowledge. This must include activities such as: (1) handling written discovery, assisting with taking or defending depositions, or negotiating settlements; (2) conducting legal research; (3) drafting pleadings, motions, briefs, or other court documents; (4) developing strategies and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish projects or cases; and (5) making oral presentations of legal arguments or results of legal research/analysis.

    Experience Requirement for the GS-14 Level:

    You must have at least 3 years of progressively responsible professional experience working as a practicing attorney. At least one year of this experience must be comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-13 level, which involves exceptional judgment and a mastery of litigation. This must include activities such as: (1) independently handling written discovery, assisting with taking or defending depositions, and/or negotiating settlements; (2) conducting extensive legal research; (3) independently drafting pleadings, motions, briefs, or other court documents; (4) developing strategies and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish cases; and (5) assisting with or making oral argument in a court or administrative hearing.

    In addition, you must provide a cover letter that summarizes your possession of the following competencies:
    1. Litigation: Participates in court proceedings, including by drafting filings, handling written discovery, assisting with taking and defending depositions, and negotiating settlements.
    2. Legal Analysis: Researches, analyzes, and explains complex legal issues such as constitutional, jurisdictional, and administrative-law issues.
    3. Legal Writing: Writes clear, concise, and persuasive legal documents.
    4. Planning and Coordinating: Plans and organizes projects or cases; develops strategies and arguments in preparation for presentation of cases.
    5. Oral Communication: Makes clear and convincing oral presentations to individuals or groups; listens effectively and clarifies information as needed; communicates complex legal principles succinctly and clearly.
    PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. Where relied on to meet the experience requirements, you must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

    VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all relevant qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    The FEC offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; defined-benefit pension plan; Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k)); Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules, telework, or transportation subsidies.

    Note: If you are selected at the GS-13 level, you may be promoted without further competition to the GS-14 level once you have served 18 months at the GS-13 level and met performance requirements. Selection at the GS-13 level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.

    Veterans: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Federal Election Commission considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Although the formal veterans preference point system is not used, applicants eligible for a veterans' preference must submit the documentation applicable to the claimed preference category.

    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.

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

    Once the announcement closes, we will conduct a review of your application package to verify your eligibility and qualifications. If you are found qualified, your application will move forward to additional phases of the review process which will determine the best qualified candidates. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

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