Trial Attorney

Employer
The United States Department of Justice
Location
Washington, DC
Posted
Jun 15, 2019
Closes
Jun 19, 2019
Ref
153734560
Industry
Law
Hours
Full Time
that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more). Trial Attorney United States Trustee Program (USTP) EXECUTIVE OFFICE FOR UNITED STATES TRUSTEES Attorney 441 G STREET, NW Washington, DC 20530 United States TRIAL ATTORNEY-GA-DC-05-2019 About the Office: The United States Trustee Program (Program) is seeking a trial attorney with strong experience in federal administrative law to join the Program's professional staff of attorneys. The Program is a litigating component of the US Department of Justice responsible for overseeing nearly all bankruptcy cases filed in federal bankruptcy courts across the United States - including chapter 7 and 13 cases filed by consumer debtors, chapter 12 cases filed by family farmers or fishermen, and complex chapter 11 reorganization proceedings. The Program's mission is to promote the integrity and efficiency of the nation's bankruptcy system for the benefit of all stakeholders - debtors, creditors, and the American public. The Program was established by Congress more than 30 years ago to act as the "watchdog" of the bankruptcy system, with a headquarters in Washington, DC, led by a Director; 21 Regions managed by United States Trustees; and 90 field offices in 44 states each, managed by an Assistant United States Trustee. The Office of the General Counsel (OGC), within the Executive Office for United States Trustees (EOUST), oversees the Program's legal activities. OGC formulates and oversees the Program's national legal policies and litigation strategies before the bankruptcy courts and through the appellate process, implements the Program's legal priorities, resolves significant legal issues, and provides advice to staff on administrative legal issues. For more information about the United States Trustee Program, visit the Program's web site at https://www.justice.gov/ust. Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified men and women from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities. Job Description: The OGC is seeking an experienced attorney to provide expert legal advice and guidance on the universe of federal administrative law issues affecting the EOUST and Program employees. The successful candidate will prepare analyses and recommendations on all areas of federal administrative law, including but not limited to the Administrative Procedure Act, Ethics in Government Act, Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act, Freedom of Information Act, Federal Information Security Management Act, Federal Tort Claims Act, Privacy Act, Equal Access to Justice Act, and a wide variety of other significant and complex statutes and federal regulations governing conflicts of interest, litigation discovery, employee relations, ethics, financial disclosure, information security, privacy, and the regulatory and rulemaking process. Responsibilities and Opportunities Offered: The duties of the Trial Attorney will include the following: * Preparing analyses and recommendations for EOUST and USTP staff on areas of federal administrative law, such as the Administrative Procedure Act, the FOIA, the Privacy Act, and a variety of DOJ regulations, policies or procedures, and regulatory and rulemaking process; * Providing advice and counsel concerning complying with Departmental policies and regulations, including those governing litigation discovery; * Handling the USTP's FOIA obligations by responding to requests for records located in the EOUST and in the USTP's field offices; * Ensuring that the USTP's FOIA responses are timely, legally correct, concise and clearly written, and that DOJ and Government-wide FOIA guidelines have been considered and applied; * Providing advice and counsel to Program employees, supervisors, and senior leadership on all ethics-related inquiries, and maintaining an internal SharePoint portal with relevant, up-to-date resources including forms, legal guidance, and responses to FAQs; * Providing research, analysis and legal opinions (primarily for internal use) on complex and difficult administrative law questions, often involving sensitive issues, intricate factual situations, or high-level policy considerations; * Conducting legal research involving the interpretation or application of legislation, (nature of availability of precedent decisions are few or conflicting), opinions of courts and other adjudicative bodies, Executive Orders, rules and regulations, Office of Government Ethics (OGE) advisories, and other legal authorities; * Preparing and providing required Annual Training to Program employees, presenting ongoing administrative law briefings and trainings at meetings and conferences targeted to specific employee groups; * Assisting with the Program's public and confidential (OGE Form 450 and OGE Form 278) financial disclosure reporting program, including: notification of annual and new entrant filing requirements; assignment of 278 reports in Integrity; collection, tracking, review and certification of reports; and responding to requests for copies of public reports; * Preparing periodic reports or responding to data calls required to be submitted by the Program pursuant to DOJ, OGE, or Congressional requirements; and, * Working on other projects and priorities as assigned. Qualifications: Required Qualifications: Applicants must demonstrate excellent academic and professional credentials, superior oral and written communication skills, outstanding legal research, analytical, and legal reasoning skills, outstanding judgment, and the ability to function with minimal guidance in a demanding legal environment. Further, an applicant must have a JD degree from an accredited law school, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction) in good standing, have at least 4 years post-J.D. professional legal or other relevant experience advocating on behalf of clients. Preferred Qualifications: In addition to the required qualifications listed above, the ideal candidate will have: * A demonstrated record of analyzing complex legal problems, interpreting statutory, rule, and regulatory provisions; * Have outstanding organizational skills and the ability to address a broad array of issues arising in a large volume of cases; * The ability to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a wide variety of cases and projects; * The ability to set, manage, and balance diverse, evolving, and challenging projects and priorities; * Demonstrated initiative and creativity; * Strong information technology skills including using data bases and IT systems to manage and track work; * Experience working with or for federal agencies; and, * A commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards. Salary: Position is on the GS pay scale, full-time and permanent, FPL of GS-15, and possible current annual salary range is: GS-14 ($117,191-$152,352); or, GS-15 ($137,849- $166,500). Years and type of experience will determine the appropriate grade level. Travel: Periodic travel is required throughout the district, the region, and the country, depending on work assignments and for training. Application Process: This vacancy announcement is open to ALL US CITIZENS To apply, interested candidates must submit as one PDF document: * A cover letter that highlights the applicant's interest in the position and addresses in detail how all qualifications are met; * A current resume that details months and years of education and employment, and states the month and year of earliest bar admission; * A short writing sample, or part of a longer writing sample (not to exceed ten pages), which should be exclusively or primarily the applicant's work and should include legal analysis; * DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 copy) (if applicable); * If you are a current or former Federal employee, most recent (non-award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action; * CTAP/ICTAP documentation (if applicable); and, * Schedule (A) documentation, (if applicable). Email the document to: ustp.employment@usdoj.gov with the subject line Trial Attorney-GA-DC-05-2019 If email submission is not possible, please forward your application materials to the following address: US Department of Justice US Trustee Program Executive Office for US Trustees Attention: Assistant Director for Administration - Trial Attorney-GA-DC-05-2019 441 G Street, NW Suite 6150 Washington, DC 20530 No telephone calls please. Application Deadline: Monday, May 13, 2019 Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses may be authorized to current USTP employees only, based on USTP policy. Number of Positions: 1 Updated April 25, 2019 * * * Department Policies Equal Employment Opportunity: The US Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department 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 of Justice. Reasonable Accommodations: This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities: The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements. Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 CFR | 213.3102(u)) hiring authority. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department's Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. See list of DPOCs. Suitability and Citizenship: It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only US citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, US Trustee's Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the US and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis. Veterans: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (eg, the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more). Required Qualifications: Applicants must demonstrate excellent academic and professional credentials, superior oral and written communication skills, outstanding legal research, analytical, and legal reasoning skills, outstanding judgment, and the ability to function with minimal guidance in a demanding legal environment. Further, an applicant must have a JD degree from an accredited law school, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction) in good standing, have at least 4 years post-J.D. professional legal or other relevant experience advocating on behalf of clients. Preferred Qualifications: In addition to the required qualifications listed above, the ideal candidate will have: * A demonstrated record of analyzing complex legal problems, interpreting statutory, rule, and regulatory provisions; * Have outstanding organizational skills and the ability to address a broad array of issues arising in a large volume of cases; * The ability to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a wide variety of cases and projects; * The ability to set, manage, and balance diverse, evolving, and challenging projects and priorities; * Demonstrated initiative and creativity; * Strong information technology skills including using data bases and IT systems to manage and track work; * Experience working with or for federal agencies; and, * A commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards., Suitability and Citizenship: It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only US citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, US Trustee's Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the US and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis. Position is on the GS pay scale, full-time and permanent, FPL of GS-15, and possible current annual salary range is: GS-14 ($117,191-$152,352); or, GS-15 ($137,849- $166,500). Years and type of experience will determine the appropriate grade level. Travel: Periodic travel is required throughout the district, the region, and the country, depending on work assignments and for training. Email the document to: ustp.employment@usdoj.gov with the subject line Trial Attorney-GA-DC-05-2019 If email submission is not possible, please forward your application materials to the following address: US Department of Justice US Trustee Program Executive Office for US Trustees Attention: Assistant Director for Administration - Trial Attorney-GA-DC-05-2019 441 G Street, NW Suite 6150 Washington, DC 20530 No telephone calls please. Application Deadline: Monday, May 13, 2019 Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses may be authorized to current USTP employees only, based on USTP policy., Veterans: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (eg, the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note

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