Job Overview

Summary

 

The United States Department of Justice, Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), is seeking an experienced attorney for the position of Assistant Counsel in Washington, D.C. The Assistant Counsel investigates allegations of professional misconduct made against federal prosecutors and other Justice Department attorneys, formulates findings and conclusions, and drafts formal investigative reports for the OPR Counsel. 

OPR was created in 1975 in response to revelations of ethical abuses and misconduct by Justice Department officials in the Watergate scandal. OPR conducts investigations of allegations of misconduct by Department attorneys and law enforcement personnel that relate to the exercise of an attorney's authority to investigate, litigate or provide legal advice. Matters investigated by OPR include allegations that Department attorneys have violated or disregarded obligations and standards of conduct imposed by the Constitution, federal statutes, court decisions, orders, rules, regulations, Department policies, and applicable state bar rules. 

In their investigations, Assistant Counsels confront a wide range of legal and ethical issues arising in connection with the Department's legal activities around the country. Investigations include extremely sensitive matters and frequently require contact with senior officials in U.S. Attorneys' Offices and litigating divisions of the Department. OPR reports its investigative findings and conclusions to the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General and identifies for their consideration issues relating to Department policies, practices and procedures.

 

This announcement is open until filled.  

Duties

The incumbent of this position will:

  • Review and analyze allegations of misconduct to determine whether they are within OPR's jurisdiction, and, if so, develop an investigative plan delineating the scope and direction of the investigation;
  • Conduct a thorough investigation of the allegations, including reviewing all relevant documents and interviewing witnesses;
  • Conduct necessary legal research and prepare a thorough memorandum or report of investigation addressing the allegations and setting forth OPR's findings and conclusions as to whether the subject of the investigation engaged in professional misconduct; and
  • Conduct special projects or assignments as assigned by the Counsel.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel

Relocation Authorized

  • No