US Government, Department of Homeland Security
This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Legal Counsel Division (LCD). The primary purpose of this position is to provide advice and assistance on all aspects of litigation, from pre-filing to trial and appeals and on matters before the United States Supreme Court. The Division focuses on significant DHS litigation matters and performs an important coordination and liaison role within agencies across the government.
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Job Grade: 14
Total Openings: 2
As an Attorney Advisor (General), GS-0905-14/15, your typical work assignments may include: Provide the General Counsel, other senior DHS executives and attorneys, as well as Department of Justice attorneys with oral and written advice on issues relating to the conduct of litigation; Provide advice and assistance on all aspects of significant litigation and assist in formulating DHS’s position in litigation. Perform detailed legal research and draft thorough and well-reasoned memoranda and legal briefs. Issues encountered will include questions of constitutional, statutory, regulatory, and procedural law, and will include issues in the areas of immigration, law enforcement, national security, administrative, civil procedure, tort, privacy, civil rights, FOIA, and employment law, and are often novel, complex, and precedent-setting. Assist and coordinate with attorneys within DHS and at the Department of Justice on all phases of trial and appellate litigation, identify potential litigation risks, assist with settlement and mediation, and manage discovery; Ensure compliance with court orders, judgments, injunctions, and settlements; Direct and oversee pending litigation, as needed, including advising on litigation strategy. Coordinate with the Office of Public Affairs on press coverage of litigation. Assist in matters related to congressional investigations and internal investigations, including inter-branch exchange or discovery of information and the assertion of governmental privileges. Provide assistance and advice on other matters within the LCD’s scope of responsibilities, including legislation, civil rights/civil liberties, privacy and FOIA. View common definitions of terms found in this announcement: Common Definitions.
GS-14 or GS-15: The first professional law degree (LL.B. or JD) or the second professional law degree (LL.M.); AND Specialized professional legal experience in excess of three (3) years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. The quality of the individual’s background may be evidenced by the relatedness of his or her specialization. Specialized Experience:
The skills and experience listed immediately below are of particular importance to the position, and applicants should provide specific detailed information in these areas, where applicable, as part of their application. You qualify for the GS-14 grade level if you possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal government. You qualify for the GS-15 grade level if you possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal government. Specialized experience is experience in litigation at the trial and/or appellate level. Experience as a judicial law clerk is preferred. Applicants must have three or more years of relevant post-JD experience. Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level. All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of the 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. Current or Former Political Appointees: 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, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.