Attorney Adviser/Trial Attorney - Reimbursable Detail

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jun 11, 2021
Closes
Jun 19, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Civil Rights Division (CRT or Division) seeks attorneys to serve a one-year reimbursable detail. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CRT is in a maximum telework posture with personnel working remotely, with exceptions for mission critical travel or onsite work. The expectation is that the detailee will work remotely, unless the Section determines the need for business travel or meetings/limited onsite work at CRT's Washington, D.C. office at some point during the detail.
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Responsibilities

Detail opportunities are available in each of the sections listed below. Applicants are encouraged to review each section's website for additional information regarding the mission and work of each section. The duties may vary depending on the section as follows:

Disability Rights Section
  • Trial Attorneys investigate and litigate allegations of discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws enforced by DRS. This enforcement work includes: developing investigations and litigation; gathering, analyzing, and evaluating data and evidence; drafting legal memoranda with appropriate analysis; developing cases for filing, litigating the cases through trial, and handling post-trial court litigation; conducting negotiations on a range of issues; and handling compliance on DRS resolutions.
  • Attorney Advisers draft, develop, and publish regulations implementing the disability nondiscrimination obligations of the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504); provide legal and policy guidance to other federal officials within the Department and other federal agencies about the nondiscrimination requirements of the ADA and Section 504; coordinate with other federal agencies to ensure the consistent implementation of these laws; assist with the provision of technical assistance about the ADA to State and local governments, businesses and other public accommodations, and members of the public; and handle other non-litigation duties that arise in relation to the Section's mission.
Federal Coordination and Compliance Section
  • Attorney Advisers provide legal counsel and guidance to other federal civil rights offices, develop guidance and technical assistance, review regulations, conduct legal training, and participate in strategy and coordination efforts. Duties might also include investigations of systemic race and national origin discrimination and possible participation in litigation or statements of interest.
Housing and Civil Enforcement Section
  • Trial Attorneys work includes such duties as: (1) conduct investigations to assess possible violations of fair housing, fair lending or other civil rights statutes handled by the section, including conducting legal and factual research, interviewing witnesses, analyzing data and evidence, and making recommendations as to whether to bring enforcement litigation; (2) handle litigation including preparing legal briefs and memoranda, preparing and responding to discovery requests, conducting extensive document review, identifying and working with expert witnesses, preparing witnesses and participating in depositions, and developing and presenting the government's case in federal court; and (3) prepare for and participate in settlement negotiations and mediations. Likely assignments include handling HUD election cases, sexual harassment cases, or redlining investigations.
Immigrant and Employee Rights Section
  • Trial Attorneys handle an active docket of investigations and litigation focused on enforcing the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Trial attorney enforcement work includes such duties as: (1) develop and conduct investigations involving potential violations of this law; (2) conduct legal and factual research and analysis; (3) prepare written memoranda recommending further investigation and/or enforcement; (4) litigate cases before an administrative law judge; (5) represent the Justice Department in district court for subpoena enforcement litigation; and (6) prepare for and participate in settlement negotiations and mediation on behalf of the Department, including drafting settlement proposals.

    In addition, Trial Attorneys may conduct policy work, including working with other federal agencies on areas of overlapping interest and outreach, including participating in presentations and providing technical assistance in response to inquiries from public and private stakeholders.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
15

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.


Qualifications

Required Qualifications:
Candidates must be individuals on a permanent attorney position (not time-limited appointment), possess a J.D. from an American Bar Association accredited law school, be an active member of a bar in good standing (any jurisdiction), and possess at least three years post-professional law degree experience. Applicants must have strong, demonstrated qualifications in the following areas: academic achievement; substantive knowledge and expertise in the laws, rules and regulations applicable to the work of the section or substantially similar laws, rules and regulations; written and oral communication skills; the ability to analyze complex issues; skill and experience working collaboratively and productively with others; organizational skills; professional judgment; initiative; and the ability to excel in a fast-paced, demanding environment. In addition, applicants must have outstanding professional references.

Preferred Qualifications:
The following qualifications are preferred, but not required: Experience and skill working cooperatively and productively with a range of people, such as complainants, witnesses, respondents, disadvantaged or disenfranchised groups, opposing counsel, bank officials, judicial or administrative officials, advocacy groups, law enforcement personnel, and the staff of other federal or state governmental agencies, as are judicial clerkships, law review, moot court, and clinical experience.

In addition, the preferred qualifications may vary depending on the section as follows:

Disability Rights Section
  • Trial Attorneys: knowledge of the relevant civil rights laws and implementing regulations including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504, and the ADA Standards for Accessible Design; experience investigating discrimination allegations, including interviewing witnesses, reviewing documents and reviewing applicable case law to assess the merits of a case; experience litigating discrimination cases, including handling discovery, litigation strategy, motions practice and trial preparation; and experience negotiating settlements.
  • Attorney Advisers: knowledge of relevant civil rights laws and implementing regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504, and the ADA Standards for Accessible Design; experience drafting and developing federal regulations for notice-and-comment rulemaking; knowledge of, and experience applying the Administrative Procedures Act in the context of the federal rulemaking process; and experience analyzing and interpreting regulations that implement nondiscrimination obligations on the basis of disability and preparing technical assistance materials, policy documents, and training programs about these obligations.
Federal Coordination and Compliance Section
  • Attorney Advisers: knowledge of relevant civil rights laws and regulations, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; experience in environmental justice and/or the application of disparate impact analyses; experience conducting investigations; and experience drafting reports and guidance.
Housing and Civil Enforcement Section
  • Trial Attorneys: knowledge and expertise in the laws enforced by the section; federal court litigation and trial experience, including experience with complex electronic discovery and document management; experience handling multi-party negotiations and mediations; demonstrated ability to manage a significant docket, handle several difficult or complex cases and matters at the same time, and meet applicable deadlines. Judicial clerkships (especially in federal court), law review, moot court, clinical experience, fair lending experience, and skill and experience working cooperatively and productively with a range of people, including complainants, witnesses, respondents, disadvantaged or disenfranchised groups, opposing counsel, bank officials, judicial or administrative officials, and the staff of other agencies are also preferred.
Immigrant and Employee Rights Section
  • Trial Attorneys: knowledge and expertise in immigration and/or employment law including (1) experience investigating allegations of employment discrimination, including interviewing witnesses, reviewing documents and reviewing applicable case law to assess the merits of a case; (2) experience litigating employment discrimination cases, including handling discovery, litigation strategy, motions practice and trial preparation; (3) experience negotiating settlements in employment discrimination cases; (4) experience serving as the lead attorney in federal court employment discrimination cases; (5) experience litigating pattern or practice and/or testing cases; (6) experience with immigration law and/or immigration policy; (7) experience developing and/or commenting on draft legislation, regulations, and agency guidance; and (8) experience giving presentations to a variety of audiences.


Education

A J.D. degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.

Additional information

The U.S. 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.

The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination are not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.

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.

Division offices are near metro transportation systems or other public transportation, and are conveniently accessible to restaurants, museums and other D.C. area attractions. Most jobs in the Division offer alternative work schedules and other family friendly opportunities are available.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

Required for ALL Applicants
  • Resume - All interested candidates must submit a resume
  • Most recent performance appraisal
  • Current SF-50
  • Cover letter describing your interest in the detail.

Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position. Please review your application prior to final submission and ensure you have submitted all appropriate documents. Uploading documents to USAJobs does NOT ensure inclusion with your application to our system.

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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