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

This vacancy is also being announced as Job Announcement Number 14-CRD-019 (MPP) under Merit Promotion procedures. Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under Merit Promotion procedures. If you meet the eligibility requirements for consideration under MP procedures, you must apply separately to each announcement in order to be considered under both merit promotion and competitive examining procedures.

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 Criminal Section prosecutes cases involving the violent interference with liberties and rights defined in the Constitution or federal law. The rights of both citizens and non-citizens are protected. In general, it is the use of force, threats, or intimidation that characterize a federal criminal violation of an individual's civil rights. Our cases often involve incidents that are invariably of intense public interest. While some violations may most appropriately be pursued by the Federal Government, others can be addressed by either the Federal Government or by state or local prosecutors. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that acts constituting federal criminal civil rights violations are sufficiently remedied, whether prosecuted federally or by local authorities.

Division offices are near metro transportation systems or other public transportation, and are conveniently accessible to restaurants, museums and other D.C. area attractions. Most jobs in the Division offer alternative work schedules and other family friendly opportunities are available. Most employees who commute by public transportation are provided transit subsidy benefits.


The incumbent of this position will perform legal research and other related duties to support the work of attorneys, investigators and other paralegals engaged in civil rights cases and other legal matters. As such, performs the following duties/responsibilities:

  • Reviews investigative files and data to extract information pertinent to litigation needs (e.g., discovery, exhibit, preparation, etc.);
  • Digests and summarizes transcripts of various court proceedings (e.g., grand jury, civil depositions and trial testimony);
  • Organizes and indexes trial files (e.g., pleadings, correspondence, witness files, etc.);
  • Drafts routine pleadings and documents (e.g., affidavits, writs, stipulations, notices, etc.);
  • Prepares and organizes charts, graphs, and other materials used as court exhibits; and maintains list of exhibits introduced at trial;
  • Performs research (legal and factual) using library, computer, or documentary sources and prepares summary memoranda, lists or tables of material reviewed;
  • Interviews victims, complainants and others regarding allegations of possible civil rights violations.
  • Coordinates witness’ appearance at trial by arranging for issuance of subpoenas (or other means as necessary) and assists witnesses with fees and other needs;
  • Prepares authorizations for appropriate support services for litigation needs (e.g., experts, equipment, staff, exhibit preparation, etc.); and
  • Performs other duties assigned.
  • Travel Required

    • Occasional Travel
    • May travel 2 to 3 weeks quarterly.

    Relocation Authorized

    • No