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This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel, Office of General Law (OGL). OGL is responsible for representing and advising the agency in all matters involving the administration and management of the agency, other than those involving intellectual property litigation and policy.
The individual selected for this position will be responsible primarily for Federal sector labor law advice and litigation. OGL’s labor practice involves complex analyses and high-level decision-making for a diverse and interesting workforce. Attorneys are encouraged to apply creative and novel labor theories throughout their work. In recent years, the USPTO’s approach to labor relations has varied: the selectee will be required to demonstrate an awareness of shifting client needs and priorities, and the ability to adapt his/her legal advice and services accordingly.
Duties include serving as the agency’s representative in litigation and other administrative proceedings before arbitrators, the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), and the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP). This consists of defending the USPTO in: unfair labor practice claims; negotiability petitions; grievance/arbitration cases, which may be followed by exceptions proceedings; and bargaining disputes. This duty includes, among other things, investigating claims, oral advocacy, drafting motions and/or briefs, negotiating with opposing counsel, and participating in adversarial hearings. Occasionally, this also includes assisting the Department of Justice when matters are raised in Federal courts.
Duties also include advising internal agency clients, including senior agency officials, on a wide range of labor issues, such as bargaining obligations, contract interpretation and application, representation law, meetings obligations, and other miscellaneous labor topics. Attorneys should be well-versed in the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute, the Back Pay Act, FLRA regulations, and current labor case law.
All OGL attorneys are also expected to support OGL’s other general law functions by providing legal advice and guidance on complex cases or legal issues in one or more fields of employment law, administrative law, ethics law, fiscal law, procurement law, legislative affairs, information disclosure (FOIA/Privacy Act), and rulemaking.
Work requires extensive research and analysis. Applicant must have excellent analytical and writing skills because primary work product is in written form (e.g., briefs, memos). Applicant must also have excellent oral skills to ably present the agency’s case before third parties. As the lead attorney on a particular case or policy issue, the applicant would be responsible for analyzing legal and factual issues, developing the strategy to deal with these issues, and litigating cases. The applicant also needs to have excellent interpersonal skills, because they typically work with numerous people, including senior management of the agency and attorneys from outside organizations.
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