Department of Homeland Security
This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the General Counsel, Ethics Law Division.
This is a permanent appointment in the excepted service and will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Employees hired under an Excepted Service appointment are required to serve a two (2) year trial period. Upon successful completion of the required trial period, this position will be permanent.
As a Attorney-Advisor (Open Continuous) GS 0905 11/12, your typical work assignments may include the following under supervision:
- Provide oral and written advice, analysis, interpretations, and guidance on complex and sensitive legal and policy matters both for individual questions and as related to DHS programs and operations.
- Draft and review documents for consistency with all applicable legal authorities and requirements, to include: ethics guidance, financial disclosure reviews, analysis and advice, directives, correspondence, reports, memoranda, testimony, regulations, Federal Register notices, directives, legislation, guidance and other such documents.
- Draft and present ethics training to Headquarters officials, to include senior leadership and political appointees.
- Review financial disclosure reports, analyze and resolve potential conflicts of interest and related ethics questions.
- Assist with administration of the DHS Standards of Conduct Program.
- Provide guidance related to related areas of law, such as procurement integrity and partisan political activity regulations and policies.
1. The first professional law degree (LL.B. or JD), AND superior law student work. Superior law student work or activities as demonstrated by one of the following:
- Academic standing in the upper third of the attorney’s law school graduating class.
- Work or achievement of significance on one of the attorney’s law school’s official law reviews or journals.
- Special high-level honors for academic excellence in law school (e.g., membership in the Order of the Coif, winning a moot court competition, or membership on the moot court team that represents the attorney’s law school in competition with other law schools.)
- Full-time or continuous participation in a legal aid program as opposed to one-time, intermittent, or casual participation.
- Significant summer law office clerk experience.
- Other evidence of clearly superior accomplishment or achievement.
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY – Customs and Border Protection – Office of Chief Counsel
Salary: $65,190.00 – $142,732.00
Closing date: 2/11/2021
As our nation navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, CBP is committed to delivering our mission to safeguard America’s borders and enable legitimate trade and travel. Staffing mission critical positions remains a high priority. Be reassured that CBP is still hiring, despite potential hiring process step delays due to restrictions to in-person activities.
- Applicant must be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
- Specialized Education: Recent law school graduates may be appointed to attorney positions at the GS-11 level with the following additional qualifications: rank in the top 1/3 of graduating class; participation on the school’s official Law Review; membership in the Order of the Coif; or winning of a moot court competition.
- An interim appointment of 14 months may be made pending the selectee’s admission to the bar.
- Selectee will be required to provide admittance and standing to the Bar and must provide a copy of their official law school transcript.
- Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social).
- Providing legal advice to, and legal representation of, Customs and Border Protection (CBP’s) National Finance Center, Revenue Division, Procurement Division, Facilities Management & Engineering Division, Environmental and Energy Division (Office of Enterprise Services), Office of Trade, Office of Field Operations, and other CBP offices throughout the United States;
- Performing legal research into laws, regulations, decisions and other precedents bearing on legal issues involving CBP, particularly in the areas of federal appropriations, bankruptcy, collections (primarily customs duties, liquidated damages, fees and charges), contract, construction, employment, environmental, international trade, real property and tort law;
- Assisting the Department of Justice in civil action involving CBP by preparing litigation reports, affidavits, and other pleading, and participating in discovery, motion drafting, settlement discussions, and providing litigation support in a variety of matters such as complex trade cases generally involving the collection of revenue, actions brought under federal statutes such as the False Claims Act, procurement disputes filed in federal courts, and condemnation actions; and also representing CBP in various third party administrative hearings involving matters such as employee discipline and adverse actions, arbitrations, EEO discrimination complaints, Merit Systems Principles Board (MSPB) appeals, contract and travel/relocation disputes before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, and employee overpayment hearings; and
- Advocating for claims filed on behalf of the Government and provides legal opinions and advice concerning resolution of claims against the government arising out of CBP operations.
- Travel Required Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.
See full job announcement and application details: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/PrintPreview/590767100
On Oct. 28, we hosted the online event “Herrera v. Wyoming: A case discussion and what it means going forward.” This webinar included panelists Rachel Heron, U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division, Dan Lewerenz, Native American Rights Fund, and Professor Colette Routel, Mitchell Hamline School of Law. The event was organized and moderated by Professor Larry Roberts.
Thank you to all of those who attended and spoke at the event!
A recording of the webinar is now available on the ASU Law’s Indian Gaming and Tribal Self-Governance website.
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians recently made a $5 million gift to Arizona State University to provide for the renovation of the historic Herald Examiner Building in Los Angeles and to establish an endowment to support the Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU’s Indian Gaming and Tribal Self-Governance programs. The gift will assist in increasing educational opportunities in the field of Indian law, the expansion of work experience for students interested in Indian law and will contribute to the development of Indian law trainings for Indian tribes and organizations. Read more: http://bit.ly/2GRoFmk