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Job Title:  APP - Special Attorney (Uncompensated)
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Offices, Boards and Divisions
Job Announcement Number:  13-UNCSA-APP-002

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$0.00 to $0.00 / Without Compensation
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 to Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Temporary NTE 1 YEAR
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Are you interested in a rewarding and challenging opportunity? Join the U.S. Department of Justice!

The Civil Rights Division (Division) is primarily responsible for enforcing federal statutes and executive orders that prohibit, among other things, unlawful discrimination in education, employment, housing, police services, public accommodations and facilities, voting, and federally funded and conducted programs. The laws that the Division enforces also prohibit conduct by law enforcement agencies, as well as conditions in public residential institutions, such as health care and correctional facilities, that violate the constitution.

The Appellate Section is a component of the Civil Rights Division and has primary responsibility for handling civil rights cases in the federal courts of appeals and, in cooperation with the Solicitor General, in the United States Supreme Court. Most of the Appellate Section's appeals are from district court judgments in cases originally handled by trial sections within the Civil Rights Division. The appellate caseload is both affirmative and defensive. Thus, the Appellate Section handles appeals from both favorable and adverse judgments in which the government participates.

The Appellate Section also participates as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in cases that potentially affect the Civil Rights Division or other governmental enforcement responsibilities. The Appellate Section closely monitors federal civil rights cases to which the United States is not a party. In many of these cases, especially those concerned with developing or problematic areas of civil rights law, the Appellate Section uses the federal government's authority to file an amicus curiae brief to present the government's position. The Appellate Section also provides legal counsel to other components of the Department of Justice regarding civil rights law and appellate litigation.

Members of the Appellate Section work together to provide the highest standards of legal representation to the government in the administration and enforcement of this nation's civil rights laws.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must complete a background investigation.
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
  • Must possess a J.D. degree.
  • Must be an active member of the bar in good standing.


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The Civil Rights Division is seeking an experienced attorney for uncompensated Special Attorney employment in the Appellate Section. The core duties include conducting legal research, preparing briefs for filing and presenting oral arguments in the courts of appeals, preparing memoranda seeking authorization to participate in cases, and advising the Civil Rights Division's Assistant Attorney General's Office and other Section's about complex legal issues.


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Required Qualifications:

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree and be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction). Applicants must demonstrate superior analytic and written communication skills (including strong oral advocacy skills), and must possess excellent academic and professional credentials, and outstanding professional references. Applicants must also demonstrate exceptional interpersonal skills and professional judgment, and be able to excel in a highly demanding environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

Given the nature and volume of this work, the Appellate Section generally seeks candidates with experience litigating appeals.


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


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A benefits package is not authorized for this position.


Under special circumstances, the appointment may be extended for an additional period not-to-exceed one year.

One or more candidates may be selected from this job announcement.

If an applicant does not submit the requested application materials, the Civil Rights Division will evaluate the applicant solely on the information available, which may result in the applicant not receiving full consideration or not being considered eligible.

The application materials will not be returned.

Relocation Expenses:

Relocation expenses are not authorized.


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

Security Requirement:

Initial appointment is conditioned upon satisfactory pre-employment security adjudication, including fingerprinting, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to the favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

Internet Site:

This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found here.

Department Policies:

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.

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.

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. Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of non-service-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).


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Your résumé
  • A complete Occupational Questionnaire
  • Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ETZ) on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 918845. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

  • Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire  View Occupational Questionnaire
  • Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire.
  • Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.


    • Resume
    • Cover Letter
    • Writing Sample of no more than ten pages (a brief or comparable analytic legal exposition that is your work product)

    Submitting Documents

    If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Applicant Manager account for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.

    Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. To fax documents, you MUST use the special cover page. Print the pre-populated cover page on the upload documents screen of Application Manager. Or, you may click this link to print a copy of the cover page. When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.

    • Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number 918845
    • Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
    • You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.
    • Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:

    • Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
    • Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number
    • Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name

    Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.

    Your resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process, fax, mail or by hand-deliver. Please be sure to include all of the following information in your resume:

    Job Information:

    • Vacancy Identification Number, title, grade and location for which you are applying.

    Personal Information:

    • Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers (with area code).
    • Country of Citizenship.
    • If ever employed by the Federal Government, please show the highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates of employment in grade.


    • High School name, city, state and zip code, date of diploma or GED.
    • Colleges and/or Universities attended, city, state and zip code.
    • Major field(s) of study.
    • Type and year of degree(s) received. If no degree received, show total credit hours received in semester or quarter hours.

    Work Experience for each paid or non-paid position held related to the job for which you are applying (do not provide copies of job descriptions):

    • Job title.
    • Duties and accomplishments.
    • Number of hours per week.
    • Employer's name and address.
    • Supervisor's name and phone number.
    • Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year).
    • Salary.
    • Indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted.

    Other Qualifications:

    • Job-related training courses (title and year).
    • Job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.)
    • Job-related certificates and licenses.
    • Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments. (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.) Do not send copies of documents unless specifically requested.


    Diane Turner
    Phone: (202)514-3934
    Agency Information:
    US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
    Human Resources Office
    950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Suite 3200 Bicentennial Building
    Washington, DC


    Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

    We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. We expect to make a final job offer within 120 days after the closing date of the announcement.

    Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire: If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.

    Social Security Number

    Vacancy Identification Number

    The Vacancy Identification Number is: 918845
    1. Title of Job

    APP - Special Attorney (Uncompensated)
    2. Biographic Data

    3. E-Mail Address

    4. Work Information

    5. Employment Availability

    6. Citizenship

    Are you a citizen of the United States?
    7. Background Information

    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

    8. Other Information

    9. Languages

    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

    10. Lowest Grade


    11. Miscellaneous Information

    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

    12. Special Knowledge

    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

    13. Test Location

    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

    14. Veteran Preference Claim

    15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

    16. Availability Date

    17. Service Computation Date

    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

    18. Other Date Information

    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

    19. Job Preference

    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

    20. Occupational Specialties

    001 Special Attorney

    21. Geographic Availability

    Select/enter at least one geographic location in which you are interested and will accept employment. The location code for this position is:

    110010001 Washington DC, DC

    22. Transition Assistance Plan

    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

    23. Job Related Experience

    24. Personal Background Information

    If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

    25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

    For each task in the following group, choose response below that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the Qualifications and Availability Form C. Please select only one letter for each item.

    A- Yes.
    B- No.

    1. Do you possess a J.D. or LL.M?

    2. Are you currently an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction) and in good standing?

    3. Do you have litigation experience?

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