Job Overview


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 Special Litigation Section (SPL or Section) is one of several Sections in the Civil Rights Division. SPL is seeking up to four experienced attorneys for the position of Trial Attorney. The attorneys selected for these positions will be dedicated to the Section's work to protect civil rights in the following areas: 1) the rights of people in state or local institutions, including: jails, prisons, and juvenile detention facilities; 2) the rights of people who interact with state or local police or sheriffs' departments; 3) the rights of youth involved in the juvenile justice system; 4) the rights of people to have safe access to reproductive health care clinics; and 5) the rights of people to practice their religion while confined to state and local institutions. More specifically, the incumbents' work will be devoted to investigating, negotiating, and litigating matters relating to this work. Most of the work involves allegations of patterns or practices of unlawful conduct.


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; 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.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel may be required 2-4 nights each month as well as holidays and weekends. If case goes to trial, extensive travel may be required.

Relocation Authorized

  • No