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    This position is established as part of the National Labor Relations Board Honors program.  This position is open to law graduates, those in judicial clerkships and post-graduate fellowship programs.  The Honors program supports positions working in three different program areas.  Program areas covered are:  Board, General Counsel- Headquarters, and General Counsel-Field.  The purpose of this position is to provide experience that exposes the employee to the full-range of agency legal practices.

    These positions are assigned to either the General Counsel-Headquarters or Board-side of the National Labor Relations Board.

    Positions are located in Washington, DC.

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    The following duties are separated by the subject matter of the designated Program Areas.

    Board: The employee is responsible for: (1) analyzing and recommending the disposition of cases pending on appeal before the Board based on exceptions filed with respect to decisions issued by Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers; (2) drafting Board decisions; (3) assisting Board Members in developing Board policies, regulations, and procedures. The analysis of cases and preparation of Board decisions typically involve reviewing appeals of Hearing Officers' Reports and Administrative Law Judges' Decisions, preparing bench memos analyzing the legal issues presented and making recommendations as to how the issues should be decided, orally presenting cases to the Board Members, drafting Board decisions and orders as well as separate dissenting and concurring opinions, and performing special legal research assignments.

    General Counsel: Honors Law Clerks hired by the Office of the General Counsel will rotate among three divisions (Division of Advice, Division of Enforcement Litigation and Division of Legal Counsel) during their initial two (2) years of employment. Upon successful completion of those two years of the Honors Program, the individuals will be permanently placed in one of these offices.

    Division of Advice: Performs varied assignments in any phase of legal work within the Regional Advice Branch, which provides legal guidance to Regional Offices in novel or complex unfair labor practice cases or other cases warranting attention by the General Counsel.  Reviews the Regional Office investigative files, performs in-depth legal research to uncover applicable Court and Board decisions and/or any prior determinations of the General Counsel, as well as pertinent adjudications of other Federal and State administrative agencies, and considers relevant policy considerations, in order to develop recommendations for resolution of the issues submitted by the Regional Offices.  Attends meetings with Advice managers to orally present the pertinent facts and legal issues of the case and to recommend appropriate courses of action. 

    Division of Enforcement Litigation: Performs varied assignments within Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Branch and Office of Appeals.  In the Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Branch, thoroughly studies entire record and performs legal research to assess the merits of the case and recommends strategy to be followed in the brief.  Reviews the arguments in the opposing brief(s) and recommends the strategy in responding to the arguments.  Drafts legal briefs containing a concise statement of the facts and a thorough argument section sufficient to persuade the Court to sustain the Board's order.  Drafts various motions and other pleadings and participates in settlement and mediation sessions.  In case of a remand or partial or total refusal to enforce the Board's order, recommends whether rehearing or certiorari should be sought.  In the Office of Appeals, analyzes unfair labor practice and compliance cases that are on appeal to the General Counsel from the action of Regional Director.  Draft written opinion as to the facts, the position of the parties involved, the recommendations and views of the Regional Director and key members. 

    Division of Legal Counsel: Performs varied assignments within Contempt, Compliance, and Special Litigation Branch, which is responsible for: representing the Board and General Counsel in all suits not statutorily-based on Sections 10(e) and (f) of the Act, including litigation to protect the Board's jurisdiction; conducting civil and criminal contempt litigation to obtain compliance with Board orders; initiating collection actions; and working with the Regions to obtain compliance. In defending suits against the Board or General Counsel, law clerk assists in drafting district court and appellate briefs, and upon licensing, participates in oral argument. When recommending initiation of an action or intervention in ongoing litigation in order to protect Board jurisdiction, prepares recommendation memo to Board on behalf of General Counsel, and subsequent court documents upon Board authorization. Analyzes submissions from Regions to determine if contempt proceedings are warranted. Prepares recommendation for consideration by the Board and assists in preparing pleading, affidavits, motions and supporting briefs to initiate cases.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional Travel May Be Required

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