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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.


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.