Job Overview


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.

This position will be located in the Special Litigation Section (SPL or Section) Civil Rights Division. SPL is responsible for the enforcement of five federal laws. First, SPL is responsible for protecting the constitutional and federal statutory rights of individuals confined in certain institutions owned or operated by state or local governments, such as prisons, jails, nursing homes, and psychiatric hospitals. Second, SPL works to ensure that individuals with disabilities are served in the most integrated community settings consistent with their needs. Third, SPL addresses patterns or practices of law enforcement misconduct and the unlawful administration of juvenile justice. Fourth, SPL brings litigation regarding obstructions, or the use of or threat of force, at reproductive healthcare facilities. And fifth, SPL is responsible for ensuring that the religious rights of institutionalized individuals are not abridged.


The Division is seeking experienced attorneys for uncompensated Special Attorney employment in the Section. The incumbents will be responsible for duties such as, but not limited to: 1) conducting investigations, litigation, and negotiations; 2) working with managers to develop and establish strategies and priorities for enforcement of Section matters; 3) working with team members to coordinate with other federal agencies to develop strategies for effective and efficient information sharing and case referrals; and 4) conducting outreach. The incumbents will be responsible for screening and developing new matters, conducting comprehensive investigations involving in-person visits, witness interviews, and work with experts, analyzing data, drafting written recommendations including legal analyses, litigating all aspects of the Section's enforcement duties and negotiating, monitoring, and enforcing settlement agreements.