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Job Title:  Special Litigation Counsel
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Offices, Boards and Divisions
Job Announcement Number:  12-ATT-019

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 to Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States
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 1 experienced attorney for the position of Special Litigation Counsel in the Special Litigation Section (Section) in Washington, D.C.  The attorney selected for this position will be dedicated to the Section’s work pursuant to the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, 42 U.S.C. 14141 (Section 14141).  More specifically, the incumbent's work will be devoted to investigating, negotiating, and litigating matters involving allegations of patterns or practices of police misconduct.  The attorney selected for this position will not work on any of the Section’s other civil rights enforcement activities.

Division offices are near the Metro transportation system or other public transportation, and are conveniently accessible to restaurants, museums and other Washington, D.C. area attractions.  Most jobs in the Division offer alternative or compressed work schedules and other family friendly opportunities.  Most employees who commute by public transportation are eligible for a transit subsidy benefit.


  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • You must submit your application by 11:59 pm EST on the closing date.


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Funding permitted, 1 or more candidates may be selected.


The incumbent will be responsible for duties such as, but not limited to:  (1) personally handling, leading, and/or managing sensitive and/or complex investigations, litigation, and negotiations regarding the Section’s Police Misconduct docket; (2) working with the Section Chief and Management Team to develop and establish strategies and priorities for enforcement of Section 14141; (3) leading team members to coordinate with other federal agencies to develop strategies for effective and efficient information sharing and case referrals; and (4) conducting outreach.


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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), have a minimum of eight years of post-JD experience, and have substantial knowledge of police practices and systemic reform/impact litigation.  Applicants must demonstrate superior oral and written communication skills (including strong advocacy skills), possess excellent academic and professional credentials, and outstanding professional references.  Applicants must also demonstrate exceptional interpersonal skills and professional judgment, have substantial experience leading investigation and/or litigation teams, and be able to excel in a highly demanding environment.

Preferred Qualifications:
Given the nature and volume of this work, the Section generally seeks candidates with significant litigation experience and a demonstrated commitment to public service and/or civil rights.  Applicants with one or more of the following qualifications are preferred: (1) federal civil or criminal litigation experience; (2) experience with complex investigations; (3) demonstrated commitment to civil rights and/or human rights enforcement; (4) supervisory experience; (5) project management experience; or (6) judicial clerkship experience.




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 11:59 p.m. EST on 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 significant amount of travel.

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

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 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. 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:

Completed applications must be submitted by fax (202-514-6603) or email Please do not mail applications for employment. You must include the job announcement number on the cover page of your fax or in the subject line of your email.

Questions may be directed to Diane M. Turner at 202-514-3934.

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


The following documents are required and must be received by 11:59 pm EST on the closing date of this announcement:

1. Your Resume
2. A Cover Letter
3. A Writing Sample



Human Resources Office Team One
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 eligibility for consideration.  Qualified candidates will be referred for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.  Final selection for these positions will be subject to budgetary funding constraints.

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