Job Overview

Summary

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

The Civil Rights Division (Division) of the Department of Justice, created by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division is primarily responsible for enforcing federal statutes and executive orders that prohibit, among other things, unlawful discrimination in education, employment, housing, police service, public accommodations and facilities, voting, and federally funded and conducted programs. The Division also has jurisdiction to enforce constitutional prohibitions on certain conduct by law enforcement agencies and public residential institutions, such as health care and correctional facilities.

The Housing and Civil Enforcement Section (HCE or Section) works to protect some of the most fundamental rights of individuals, including the right to access housing free from discrimination, the right to access credit on an equal basis, the right to patronize places of business that provide public accommodations and the right to practice one's faith free from discrimination. HCE handles the Department's fair lending enforcement responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). The Section also enforces the other provisions of the FHA and the SCRA, as well as the land use provisions of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act and Title II of the 1964 Civil Rights.

Duties

The attorneys hired under this announcement will handle an active docket of investigations and litigation focusing on the lending provisions of the FHA, ECOA, and the SCRA. Responsibilities will include: (1) developing and conducting complex investigations involving potential violations of the FHA, ECOA or SCRA including reviewing policies and procedures of the target entity, conducting interviews, working with statistical data and experts to evaluate possible discrimination, reviewing loan files or other relevant files of the target entity, and conducting legal and factual research; (2) preparing legal arguments and memoranda on substantive legal issues involving the statutes enforced by the Section; (3) handling complex litigation, including preparing and responding to discovery requests, conducting extensive document review, identifying and working with expert witnesses, preparing witnesses and participating in depositions, and developing and presenting the government's case in federal court; (4) preparing for and participating in settlement negotiations and mediation on behalf of the Department, including drafting and editing settlement proposals; (5) monitoring judgments and settlement agreements to assure compliance by defendants; (6) recommending and reviewing private litigation for intervention or amicus participation; and (7) analyzing and preparing responses to inquiries from the public, testimony, legislative proposals and other written materials.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel will be required.

Relocation Authorized

  • No