Job Overview

Summary

The Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice is seeking qualified, experienced trial attorneys in the Capital Case Section (CCS) located in Washington, DC.

CCS attorneys work with United States Attorneys’ Offices in relation to all aspects of capital prosecutions including acting as co-counsel in federal capital trials, assisting with the preparation of submissions of capital-eligible cases for Department review, providing guidance on death penalty related aspects of the pre-trial and trial process, and periodically assisting on direct appeals and collateral review under 18 U.S.C. § 2255. CCS attorneys assist the Attorney General’s Review Committee on Capital Cases in reaching its recommendation to the Attorney General in deciding whether the death penalty should be sought in each capital-eligible case submitted pursuant to the DOJ death penalty protocol. CCS also provides training and resource materials to federal prosecutors for handling capital cases; provides advice and staff support to senior department officials on policy matters related to handling capital cases; drafts and/or reviews proposed legislation, amendments, regulations, testimony, briefing materials, public statements, and correspondence on capital punishment issues; and collects and maintains current information and materials for a brief bank and resource center for capital prosecutors.

Duties

As a Trial Attorney for the Criminal Division’s Capital Case Section (CCS), the incumbent:

  • Conducts analysis of new cases received from the United States Attorneys’ Offices and Department components charging a crime punishable by death. Section attorneys advise the Attorney General’s Capital Case Review Committee in its factual and legal evaluation of cases submitted to the Department for review regarding whether the death penalty should be sought in each capital-eligible case.
  • Litigates all phases of federal capital cases, including pre-trial litigation, guidance in selecting death qualified juries, and helps construct penalty phase evidentiary presentations. Section attorneys act as co-counsel in federal capital trials, assisting with the preparation of capital-eligible cases for Department review, providing guidance on death penalty related aspects of the pre-trial and trial process.
  • Provides training on the Department’s capital case litigation. Section attorneys provide legal, procedural, and policy guidance to United States Attorneys’ Offices and Department components handling capital investigations and prosecutions.
  • In collaboration with USAOs, Section attorneys advise in the preparation of legal memoranda, such as proposed legislation, amendments, regulations, testimony, briefing materials, public statements, and correspondence on capital punishment issues.
  • Collects and maintains trial and appellate materials related to federal capital prosecutions. Section attorneys partner with USAOs in the development and management of current information and materials which acts as a resources center for capital prosecutors.
  • Assists in the development of Department policies and procedures related to federal capital prosecutions.

Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • Occasional domestic travel with periods of significant travel often required.

Relocation Authorized

  • No