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Job Title:Trial Attorney

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Offices, Boards and Divisions

Job Announcement Number:12-ATT-003

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$105,211.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Friday, March 9, 2012 to Friday, March 30, 2012




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




02 vacancies - Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map


Applications will be accepted from all qualified candidates



The Department of Justice is the principal federal agency charged with enforcing federally-protected civil and constitutional rights. The Division's mission comprises two prongs: (1) vigorous enforcement of the criminal laws prohibiting civil rights abuses, including "color of law" violations by state officers, trafficking in humans, conspiracy to violate federally protected rights, and criminal interference with housing rights; and (2) defending individuals' federal civil rights through a panoply of means including civil litigation, consent orders, settlements, technical assistance, public outreach, and education programs.


The U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division is seeking experienced attorneys for the position of Trial Attorney for Olmstead enforcement in the Disability Rights Section located in Washington, D.C. The Division is primarily responsible for enforcing federal statutes, regulations and executive orders that prohibit, among other things, unlawful discrimination in voting, education, employment, housing, police services, public accommodations and facilities, and federally funded and conducted programs. The Section enforces statutes that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. These statutes include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the ADA Amendments Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, and portions of the Help America Vote Act, the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act, and Executive Order 12250. The Section has enforcement, certification, regulatory, coordination, and technical assistance responsibilities.


All Civil Rights Division offices are ideally situated near metro stations 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. Most employees who commute by public transportation are provided a transit subsidy benefit.


  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Background and/or security investigation required.
  • Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm EST on the closing date.


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Trial Attorneys in the Section enjoy a diverse practice throughout the country and are responsible for conducting complex pattern and practice investigations (negotiations and occasionally litigation of civil claims) under these statutes. The work primarily involves practice before federal district courts. Trial Attorneys are responsible for screening and developing new matters, and conducting investigations and litigation addressing all aspects of the Section’s enforcement duties. Specifically, the core duties and responsibilities are to gather facts through a variety of sources, develop investigations, interview witnesses, conduct case law research, analyze data and evidence with major responsibility for electronic discovery, draft written recommendations for investigation and/or other specific enforcement action, litigate (including all pre-trial and litigation motions practice and discovery actions, including electronic discovery), and negotiate and monitor settlement agreements and consent decrees. As Trial Attorneys for Olmstead enforcement, the incumbents will be responsible for litigating to enforce civil rights for persons with disabilities residing in, or at risk of placement into, nursing homes, health care facilities, and large institutions under the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Duties include, but are not limited to: (1) conducting investigations, litigation, and negotiations regarding the Division’s active Olmstead enforcement program; (2) working with senior managers to develop and establish policies, strategies and priorities for Olmstead enforcement; (3) working with team members to coordinate with other federal agencies to develop strategies for effective and efficient data sharing and case referrals; and (4) conducting selected outreach and training presentations.


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Required Qualifications:

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction), and have a minimum of two and one-half years of post-J.D. experience. Applicants must possess outstanding writing, editing, oral advocacy and organizational skills, solid research skills, and the ability to work cooperatively on a litigation team. Applicants must also be able to excel in a fast-paced, highly demanding environment. In addition, applicants must have knowledge and professional experience related to the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, the Medicaid Act, and implementing regulations for those statutes.

Preferred Qualifications:

Given the nature and volume of this work, the following qualifications are preferred: (1) knowledge of state or local government systems for administering the Medicaid Act; (2) demonstrated commitment to public service and/or civil rights; (3) demonstrated skill in negotiation; and (4) significant litigation experience, including with complex electronic discovery.




Applicants will be evaluated relative to the qualifications set forth above.


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The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:


You must submit all required information by the closing date.  If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible.

The materials you send with your application will not be returned.

The Civil Rights Division participates in the E-Verify Program.

Relocation expenses have not been authorized.

The position requires extended hours and a moderate amount of travel.

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 non merit factor. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with 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. 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. 

There is no formal rating system for applying veterans’ preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice 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 submissions.  Although the “point” system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website,  for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting documents.  Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).


It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys’ Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. Citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements.  Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  


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To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter and a writing sample (a brief or comparable analytic legal exposition that is your work product) by one of the two following means:  

Diane Turner
Fax: 202-514-6603

No telephone calls please. 

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See  

Application mailed using government postage or through an internal government mail will not be accepted.


The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

1.  Your resume;
2.  A cover letter;  and
3.  A writing sample 


Diane Turner
Phone: (202)514-3934
Fax: (202)514-6603
Agency Information:
U S Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
20530 Fax: (202)514-6603


Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.  Final selections for these positions will be subject to budgetary funding constraints. 

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