General Attorney

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Alexandria, Virginia
Posted
Oct 13, 2019
Closes
Oct 17, 2019
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This vacancy has been amended to extend the closing date to 10/16/2019.

Come work for the USPTO, we have been ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government®!
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 years. The USPTO is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. For more information about the USPTO, please visit the USPTO Careers Website .

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Responsibilities

Office Overview:

The Office of the Solicitor, a division of the Office of General Counsel, is seeking an experienced and talented individual to serve as a General Attorney. The Office of Solicitor serves as legal counsel to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on intellectual property law matters. The Office of the Solicitor also represents the USPTO's Director of the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) in disciplinary proceedings in which practitioners are charged with misconduct under the USPTO's Rules of Professional Conduct. The work is challenging, the atmosphere is professional, and the diverse attorneys enjoy a high quality of work life rarely found in the legal field.

Duties

The duties and responsibilities of the position include:
  • Serving as primary counsel in representing the OED Director in disciplinary proceedings before administrative law judges, and in cases on appeal to the Director of the USPTO. Assisting in representing the USPTO in disciplinary cases in the United States district courts, and the United States appellate courts.
  • Coordinating and overseeing all aspects of the Solicitor's Office's OED disciplinary cases which involve prosecuting unethical conduct by attorneys and agents recognized to practice before the USPTO in patent and trademark matters.
  • Handling all aspects of highly controversial disciplinary cases from complaint filing through trial and appeal. Responsibilities include collaborating with the OED Director to complete investigations, developing litigation strategy, conducting legal research, writing complaints, motions, briefs, and other litigation documents, taking and defending depositions, presenting oral arguments, conducting trials.
  • Providing legal advice to the OED Director, OED staff attorneys, and Agency officials on ethics and disciplinary matters.
  • Advising in special projects, including teaching continuing legal education classes, contributing to the drafting of procedural rules, and other miscellaneous duties.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - 15% or less

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
15

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must meet the definition of professional specialized experience.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov)
  • Confidential Financial Disclosure filing is required for this positon.


You must be a current member of the Bar in Good Standing of any state, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or any U.S. territory.

Qualifications

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has not issued qualification standards for Attorney positions. However, the agency sets minimum qualifications for Attorney positions and sets forth these qualification for each vacancy announcement. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement.

To be eligible for this position, you must:
  • Be a current member of the Bar in Good Standing of any state, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or any U.S. territory.
  • Be Suitable for Federal employment.

  • In addition to the eligibility requirement listed above, you must have:

    PROFESSIONAL SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE

    Professional specialized experience is legal experience, post J.D., that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled.

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    Applicants must have at least four (4) years of post J.D. professional specialized experience in litigation matters. Litigation experience in the area of attorney ethics and disciplinary enforcement is preferred. Possess experience in one of the following: (1) drafting motions and other litigation documents; (2) taking and defending depositions; (3) conducting hearings or trials before a judge or jury; Or (4) negotiating settlements.

    Familiarity with the rules applicable to practice before the USPTO, and a working knowledge of the American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct is preferred but not required.

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

    Education

    Education Requirement: Applicants must possess a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree or Master of Laws (L.L.M.) degree from an ABA accredited law school.

    Additional information

    Applicants applying for this position must be a United States Citizen or National.

    If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System. If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information.

    This is a Non Bargaining Unit position.

    This is a Public Trust position and has a risk level designation of "high".

    This position requires a Financial OF-450 Disclosure. For more information on 450 filing, please visit: https://www.oge.gov

    If selected, you will be required to complete a two (2) year trial period.

    Telework Eligibility is available as determined by agency policy.

    Background Investigation - If selected for this position, you may be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306), which includes a fingerprint and credit check, to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.

    The USPTO participates in E-Verify. For more information on E-Verify, please visit the Department of Homeland Security Website .

    All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.

    Relocation Expenses are not authorized and will not be paid.

    Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website

    CTAP/ICTAP documentation requirements are listed in the ‘Required Documents' section of this announcement.

    More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

    All application materials become the property of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

    The United States Patent and Trademark Office is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors. If you believe that you have been discriminated against and would like to file an EEO complaint, you must do so within 45 days of the date of the alleged discriminatory act. Claims of employment discrimination must be submitted to the attention of the USPTO's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity & Diversity via email ( oeeod@uspto.gov ) or phone (571-272-8292).

    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 detailed resume.

    Your resume and any other supporting documentation will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you.

    Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the "Required Documents" section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    No

    Required Documents

    A complete application consists of:

    1. A resume or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications; optional cover letter: Your resume should indicate your citizenship and should list your educational and work experience including job titles, salary, employment dates, duties and accomplishments, experience and how it relates to the specialized and professional experience in the job announcement.

    Please Note: Responses to job questions that are not fully supported by the information in your resume may result in adjustments to your rating. Any experience claimed in a cover letter should be substantiated by information contained in your resume. A Human Resources representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the hiring official.

    2. Transcripts: You MUST submit copies of your Law School transcripts for verification of the education requirements. Unofficial copies are acceptable, however, if selected you will be required to furnish official transcripts. It is your responsibility to provide adequate proof that you meet the above educational requirements. Inadequate or illegible information could result in non-qualification and loss of consideration.

    3. Bar Membership Documentation: You MUST submit documentation showing that you are an active member of the Bar in Good Standing of any State, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or any Territorial Court under the U.S. Constitution. Examples of acceptable bar documentation may include one of the following: 1) Copy of Bar Card; 2) Screen shot of state of licensure with your name identified; 3) Copy of Certificate of Good Standing.

    PLEASE NOTE: Applicants who meet the minimum eligibility and qualification requirements for this position may be contacted within 7 business days of the closing date of this announcement to submit follow-up supporting documentation if applicable. Applicants claiming veterans' preference entitlement who fail to submit supplemental documentation within 5 business days of receiving the request will not lose consideration for this position, however they will not be entitled to special or priority consideration.

    Supporting documents that may be requested of applicants after the closing date of this announcement are:

    1. Writing Samples - You MAY be asked to submit two writing samples at the close of this announcement.

    2. Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) - For current and/or former Federal employees, your status eligibility and highest permanent grade/step/salary held in the Federal service will be validated with a copy of your most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action".

    3. Veterans' Preference Documentation: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility, you will be asked to submit a Member 4 copy of your DD-214. If you are a preference eligible claiming a service connected disability of 10 percent or more, you will be asked to submit documentation (i.e. a letter dated 1991 or later from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces) certifying to the veteran's present receipt of compensation. Veterans must include dates of military service within the automated application process, and submit Member 4 copy of each Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214. For more information, please visit Special Appointing Authorities for Veterans . For excepted service positions, Veterans' Preference does not apply; however, Veteran's will receive positive consideration.

    4. Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) documentation: Applicants will be asked to submit: (1) A copy of your specific RIF notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status; (2) A copy of your latest SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location; (3) A copy of your last performance appraisal; and (4) Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

    You can choose ONE of the following methods to submit Supporting Documents:

    1) You can upload your documents when you register or update your information on the Department of Commerce application site which you access through the USAJobs site.

    OR

    2) You can fax your documents to 571-258-4254 using the system generated fax cover sheet.

    Your application and all required documentation must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this job announcement.

    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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