Trial Attorney

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Aug 23, 2019
Closes
Aug 29, 2019
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Legal Division of the Office of Administrative Litigation (OAL) in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is seeking a full-time attorney in our dynamic energy trial practice.

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Responsibilities

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of natural gas, oil and electricity. OAL's lawyers conduct complex multi-party litigation in proceedings before the agency's administrative law judges, involving the rates, terms, and conditions under which oil and gas pipelines and electric utilities provide interstate energy services. Our cases involve extensive technical and legal analysis. OAL's goal is to arrive at just and reasonable rates that are not unduly preferential or unduly discriminatory through advocacy in cases set for hearing by the Commission. As an OAL lawyer, you will work in multidisciplinary case teams, with in-house expert technical witnesses who testify and participate in settlement negotiations, regarding an array of ratemaking disciplines including accounting, engineering, and finance. You will engage in discovery, depositions, motions practice, and other pre-trial procedures to prepare cases for administrative hearings. At trial, you will prepare staff witnesses for examination, cross-examine witnesses, and respond to evidentiary objections. You will apply your case knowledge and legal skills when negotiating settlements. OAL places a premium on managing multiple assignments and quickly learning challenging technical concepts. In addition, to succeed in OAL, you must have strong analytic, oral, writing and team skills; familiarity with federal energy law or energy industry exposure is a plus. This full-time position holds the potential to advance already developed litigation skills.

Position is included in the Bargaining Unit.

Applicants with questions may contact Ms. Swinson at Pamela.Swinson@ferc.gov

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Administrative Litigation seeks an attorney with litigation and energy law experience. An attorney accepted for this position will assume responsibility for settling and litigating energy cases.

OAL settles and litigates matters the Commission sets for hearing that often involve rates, terms and conditions of energy service. OAL's goal is to help achieve just and reasonable rates that are not unduly preferential or unduly discriminatory.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some travel may be required.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be in good standing with a recognized state bar (if not a 3L)
  • A two-year trial period is required
  • Generally, male applicants must be registered with the Selective Service
  • A background investigation is required

You must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.

Qualifications

Both the quality and the amount of experience determine the qualifications for the Trial Attorney hired responsive to this notice. The attorney hired must have a minimum requirement of completing a J.D. or LL.B. from an accredited college or university and must possess an active bar membership and specialized experience for this position. The attorney hired must be a graduate from a law school accredited with the American Bar Association. The attorney hired must be a member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar. The applicant must be a United States citizen. The applicant must provide adequate proof to meet the educational and accreditation requirements. Inadequate or illegible information could result in non-qualification and loss of consideration. All job offers are contingent upon successful completion and adjudication of a background investigation.

Education

Additional information

While this position offers potential promotion, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval. You must submit all required information by the closing date. The materials you send with your resume will not be returned. If you are selected at a grade lower than the highest shown in this listing, you will be placed under a career development plan and can be non-competitively promoted when you successfully complete the requirements for the higher grade. Before entering on duty, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually. Relocation expenses will not be paid.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your resume, cover letter, and any supporting documentation. These documents will be evaluated to determine your possession of any required career related experience, and how well your background and experience relate to the qualifications in the job announcement.
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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

Please note that if you do not provide all required information as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position.

Current or former Federal employees who are or were on career or career conditional appointments may have special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). To receive this consideration, applicants must be well qualified for the position to which applying. You will need to provide the Federal Agency Name and date of your Reduction in Force notice, what your most recent performance rating was and your position, grade level and duty location of your last SF-50. At time of appointment, you will be required to provide a copy of agency Reduction in Force notice, a copy of most recent performance rating and a copy of most recent SF-50. You must provide a statement of eligibility at the point of application.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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