The Commerce General Counsel is seeking attorneys with exceptional analytical, verbal, and leadership skills to join our multidisciplinary team of professionals at the Department of Commerce. The attorneys will work for the Assistant General Counsel for Finance and Litigation in the General Litigation Division (GLD). Major components supported include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Census Bureau and a host of other organizations within the Department of Commerce.
The General Litigation Division (GLD) is seeking attorneys at the GS-12, 13, or 14 grade levels to provide support to the Department of Commerce and its components on a wide variety of matters involved in federal litigation, including, among other things, tort litigation, constitutional claims, representation of individual agency employees, administrative law, and evidentiary and testimonial procedures. The General Litigation Division provides oral advice and written legal opinions to Department of Commerce (DOC) officials on legal and policy issues related to all aspects of federal litigation, as well as provides support to the Department of Justice in cases involving the DOC in federal district courts, courts of appeal, and the Supreme Court. General Litigation Division attorneys play a prominent role in non-programmatic litigation and pre-litigation administrative processes, particularly with regard to liability issues arising under the Federal Tort Claims Act. The General Litigation Division also administers the Department’s Touhy regulations, which govern the production of documents and the testimony of DOC employees in litigation not involving the DOC.
- Must be a United States citizen.
- Must be suitable for Federal employment.
- Investigations and clearances must be completed prior to appointment.
- Relocation expenses are NOT authorized.
- One year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade.
- Must be registered for selective services, if applicable (www.ssa.gov).
General Litigation Division attorneys are responsible for advising Department of Commerce (DOC) officials on legal and policy issues related to all aspects of federal litigation. The selected applicants will investigate and process tort claims and assist the Department of Justice in the defense of tort litigation involving the DOC. The selectees will coordinate with components within the DOC and the Department of Justice regarding issuance of Litigation Hold Notices and administration of E-Discovery responsibilities, and counsel, when appropriate, DOC components regarding qui tam cases on which the Department of Justice requests DOC intervention recommendations. The Division also supports the DOC’s institutional interests and statutory missions in federal appellate and Supreme Court litigation.
You must possess 1 year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11, 12 or GS-13 grade level or equivalent band level that has equipped you with the necessary knowledge skills and abilities/competencies to perform the duties of this position successfully. All applicants should have federal litigation and/or government experience.
General Professional Experience:
Applicants must also meet these minimum qualifications of professional legal experience following law graduation of law school:
For GS-12: J.D. degree, bar membership and two years of professional attorney experience.
For GS-13: J.D. degree, bar membership and three years of professional attorney experience.
For GS-14: J.D. degree, bar membership and four years of professional attorney experience.
Specialized Experience Requirements:
Applicants must meet the General Professional Experience requirements set forth above and the below grade-specific specialized experience by the closing date of the announcement. Specialized experience equips applicants with particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled. These standards also will be used to determine whether an employee has met the criteria needed for future promotions.
GS-12: Specialized experience demonstrating independent review and analysis of federal statutes, regulations, decisions and opinions pertaining to Federal Government litigation; legal research skills; preparation of legal memoranda, and counsel advising clients and/or constituents on legal matters.
GS-13: Specialized experience demonstrating independent review and analysis of federal statutes, regulations, decisions and opinions pertaining to Federal Government litigation; legal research skills; preparation of legal memoranda for federal litigation, and counsel advising clients and/or constituents on complex litigation and/or government legal issues.
GS-14: Specialized experience demonstrating independent review and analysis of federal statutes, regulations, decisions and opinions pertaining to Federal Government litigation; legal research skills; preparation of legal memoranda and court documents in federal litigation, and specialized experience counseling and advising clients and/or constituents on complex government litigation and/or legal issues.
We may hire at any of the grades shown in this announcement. You are encouraged to identify the grade level(s) or salary for which you wish to be considered.
Applicants must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.
You will be required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship if selected for this position. Applicants must meet requirements by 11:59pm EASTERN STANDARD TIME on the closing date of this announcement. Security Clearance: Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the selectee can be placed in the position.
Must be able to verify law school and employment record and active bar membership in good standing (mandatory). A copy of your law degree and license as a member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.
Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for non-employment.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will refer your application to the hiring manager and you may be invited for an interview.
- Favorable consideration will be accorded demonstrated oral communication, writing and analytical skills, an ability to assimilate large amounts of material quickly and an ability to balance a diverse workload as well as meet short deadlines. Excellent people skills are an absolute must, as the attorney must work effectively with a large number of different clients.
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The Department of Commerce offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most federal employees at http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp#icc .
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