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Job Title:  Trial Attorney - Commercial Litigation Branch / National Courts Section
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Offices, Boards and Divisions
Hiring Organization:  CLB-National Courts
Job Announcement Number:  TA-NC-2014-03

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$75,621.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 to Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
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Applicants who applied to the previous posting under #TA-NC-2014-02, will be considered, and you need not reapply. 


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

The Civil Division, with more than 1,000 attorneys and 14 litigating components, represents the United States, its departments and agencies, Members of Congress, Cabinet officers and other Federal employees.

The National Courts Section is among the Department of Justice's busiest litigating components, conducting dozens of trials and more than 100 appellate arguments each year.  It handles complex trial and appellate litigation involving government contracts, constitutional claims, government pay and personnel suits, veterans' and other benefits appeals, and international trade and tariff matters.  The Section is one of five sections of the Civil Division's Commercial Litigation Branch.  The Civil Division is regularly voted one of the top places to work in the annual Best Places to Work in the Federal Government survey.   For more information about the National Courts Section, please go to:



  • 25% or Greater
  • This position requires frequent travel.


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply section).
  • You may be subjected to undergo a urinalysis for a drug test.
  • Moving and Relocation Expenses are not authorized.
  • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.


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The National Courts Section seeks experienced attorneys to represent the United States in all aspects of "first chair" trial and appellate litigation.  At the trial stage, attorneys personally manage their own cases, conduct fact investigation, work with expert witnesses, serve and respond to written discovery, take and defend depositions, write all substantive and procedural briefs, conduct all aspects of any trial, and present oral argument in the United States Court of Federal Claims and the United States Court of International Trade.  Attorneys also personally handle all aspects of appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  In addition, attorneys first-chair alternative dispute resolution proceedings and settlement negotiations, and recommend settlements of litigation when appropriate.  For larger cases, attorneys work collaboratively as members of trial teams.  Whether handling trial cases and appeals as counsel of record or as part of a trial team, all attorneys work closely with counsel from Federal client agencies.  


National Courts attorneys appear principally in three Federal courts of nation-wide jurisdiction:  the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and the United States Court of International Trade.  Attorneys also occasionally handle matters within the Section's various areas of expertise in other Federal district and circuit courts, as well as in administrative tribunals and international arbitration fora.  Attorneys practice in a diverse range of often complex subject-matter, including government contracts, procurement challenges, and other commercial and administrative disputes.  Other Section cases involve defense of takings under the 5th Amendment of the Constitution, and military and civilian pay actions.  Section attorneys also prosecute civil actions to recover money secured fraudulently from the United States.  Attorneys in the international trade practice defend special duties imposed on dumped or subsidized imports, prosecute customs fraud, and enforce other international trade laws at both the trial and appellate stages.  The Section has primary responsibility for the majority of appeals to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, including appeals from the Court of Federal Claims, the Court of International Trade, the boards of contract appeals, the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the Merit Systems Protection Board. 




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Applicants must be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. 


Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), have at least one year of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-12 level; two years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-13 level; three years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-14 level; and four years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-15 level.  You must also be a U.S. citizen. 


Applicants should have a strong interest in trial and appellate work, excellent writing and oral advocacy skills, and an exceptional academic background.  Applicants should anticipate working on fast-paced, complex litigation, and feel comfortable in a courtroom setting.  Judicial clerkship experience is highly desirable. 


The Section offers a fast-paced, collegial work environment that requires attorneys to exercise sound judgment at all times.  Attorneys must have excellent time-management skills and be willing to assume substantial responsibility.  Because Section attorneys appear in courts with nationwide jurisdiction, significant travel, sometimes international travel, is required.  




 Your application will be evaluated by a reviewing panel. 




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The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:




Other Information:


You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test before you can be appointed to this position.


You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed to this position.


Relocation expenses will not be paid.


For more information about the Civil Division visit the Justice Department web site at:  http://www.usdoj/civilindex.html


Other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at:


EEO Statement:

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.


Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. 


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You must submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample.  (not more than 15 pages in length)  If you are claiming veterans preference, you must also submit your DD-214, and/or other documentation that support your claim.  PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT ANY OTHER DOCUMENTATION. 


You must  EMAIL your application to:


Please use 'Announcement #TA-NC-2014-03' as your SUBJECT LINE.


You must submit your application so that it will be RECEIVED by the closing date of the announcement - August 6, 2014, EST. 










  •  Cover Letter
  • Resume, showing relevant experience
  • Writing Sample (no more than 15 pages)
  • Veteran Preference documentation, if applicable. 




Crystal Roy
Phone: (202)305-2718
Agency Information:
Civil Division DOJ
PO BOX 14660
Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC


 Once the online application is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  All qualified applications will be sent forward to the hiring official for review.  You will be contacted directly if an interview is desired. 



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