General Attorney (Civil Rights)

Washington, D.C
May 05, 2021
May 07, 2021
Full Time


As a General Attorney (Civil Rights), you will be part of the Appellate Litigation Services section in the Office of General Counsel. You will be responsible for litigating challenging and significant employment discrimination cases in the federal courts of appeals.
Learn more about this agency


  • Prepares briefs and presents oral arguments in federal courts of appeals. Prepares other appellate filings, including motions and petitions for rehearing.
  • Participates in all necessary appellate mediation conferences, and drafts any required settlement agreements and memoranda.
  • Prepares memoranda and draft briefs for the Office of the Solicitor General at the Department of Justice in Supreme Court cases.
  • Drafts memoranda addressing whether the Commission should seek further review of adverse decisions or participate as amicus curiae in employment discrimination appeals.
  • Handles appellate cases arising under all of the statutes(**) that EEOC enforces against private-sector employers. (**see statutes below)
  • Works closely with the Office of the Solicitor General at the Department of Justice to represent the EEOC's interests in employment discrimination cases before the United States Supreme Court.
  • Conducts legal research and analysis of factual and legal issues presented; develops legal arguments and strategies.
  • Represents the Commission in appellate cases handled by the Department of Justice that affect the Commission, including defensive litigation.
  • Provide formal and informal legal advice and memoranda to agency leadership.
  • **Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Must have a current bar license in good standing
  • This position is in the Excepted Service


For the GS-13:You must have earned a professional law degree (J.D. or LL.B.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, be an active member of the Bar, and have two years of professional legal experience with at least one year being equivalent to the GS-12 level. Professional legal experience includes experience as a judicial clerk.

For the GS-14:You must have earned a professional law degree (J.D. or LL.B.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, be an active member of the Bar, and have three years of professional legal experience with at least one year being equivalent to the GS-13 level. Professional legal experience includes experience as a judicial clerk.

Professional legal education above the first professional law degree may be substituted for experience required as follows:(a) The second professional law degree (LL.M.) may be substituted for one year of experience; and b) the third law degree (J.S.D.) may be substituted for one year of experience beyond the LL.M.

The following is preferred but not required:
Appellate litigation experience and/or substantive expertise in the employment discrimination laws enforced by the EEOC; judicial clerkships; law journal; moot court; clinical experience; and skills and experience working cooperatively and productively with a range of people.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

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.


This position has a basic education requirement listed under the Qualifications section of this announcement.

Additional information

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies across EEOC.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, please contact the HR Specialist listed in this vacancy.

Attorneys appointed in the excepted service are required to maintain active membership in a bar within U.S. jurisdiction for the duration of their employment. Attorneys must provide documentation supporting active membership and good standing status (or equivalent) on at least an annual basis.

Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the EEOC 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 (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their application submission documentation.

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see: )

All employees of the Federal government are subject to the conflict of interest statutes and regulations including the Standards of Ethical Conduct that govern activities with outside organizations and reporting financial holdings. This position may require the incumbent to complete a confidential financial disclosure report within 30 days of appointment.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

The specialist will perform an initial review of applications to determine basic eligibility and qualifications for the position. The evaluation involves a determination of basic eligibility and minimum qualifications only and numeric scores will not be assigned.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Your Resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
  • Cover Letter (optional)
  • This position has a basic education requirement; you must submit a copy of your official or unofficial law school Transcripts for further consideration. An official transcript is required before being appointed.
  • Proof of current and active Bar Membership in good standing. During the initial review of applications, the Agency will accept photocopies of Bar Membership Cards or screenshots providing proof of active membership in a Bar Association that reflects the bar's jurisdiction or territory, the attorney's full name, bar number, date of admission, and bar status (i.e. active, inactive, retired, etc.).
  • Copy of one recent Legal Writing Sample, not to exceed 10 pages.
  • Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g. DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service; Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within 120 days; SF-15 Form and related documentation; VA letter.)
  • Current or Former Political Appointees (if applicable) - please note on your resume and attach an SF-50. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the HR Office. Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents will result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

    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.

    Similar jobs