Trial Attorney

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Job location
Washington, DC
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Department of Justice
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

The experienced attorneys selected for these positions will be primarily responsible for investigating alleged violations of the ADA, negotiating settlements, and, when necessary, litigating claims under the ADA.

Trial Attorneys are responsible for screening and developing new matters, conducting investigations, litigating complex cases, and monitoring compliance in connection with DRS's enforcement activities.

These duties include, but are not limited to:

Developing investigations; interviewing witnesses; analyzing data and evidence; negotiating; litigating; monitoring settlement agreements and consent decrees; and conducting outreach, training, and technical assistance, as needed.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • All male applicants born after 12/31/1959 must have registered for the selective service. If selected, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
  • You will need to successfully complete a pre-employment background security process pending completion and adjudication of the background investigation before you can be appointed into an attorney position.
  • You must have a Juris Doctorate degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state or territory of the United States, the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.


Required Qualifications:

Applicants must possess a J.D. from an American Bar Association accredited law school, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction), and possess the minimum years of post-professional law degree experience commensurate to the grade level of eligibility, as shown below. Applicants also must have strong, demonstrated qualifications in the following areas: academic achievement; written and oral communication skills; the ability to analyze complex issues; skill and experience working collaboratively and productively with others; organizational skills; professional judgment; initiative; and the ability to excel in a fast-paced, demanding environment. In addition, applicants must have outstanding professional references.

Preferred Qualifications:

Given the nature and volume of this work, the Section generally seeks candidates with significant experience in complex litigation and knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants with one or more of the following qualifications are preferred: (1) extensive civil trial experience; (2) extensive federal civil litigation experience; (3) experience with complex investigations and negotiations; (4) substantive knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable law; (5) experience conducting outreach to a broad array of stakeholders. Judicial clerkships (especially in federal court), law review, moot court, clinical experience, and skill and experience working cooperatively and productively with a range of people, such as charging parties, witnesses, respondents, disadvantaged or disenfranchised groups, opposing counsel, judicial or administrative officials, advocacy groups, law enforcement personnel, and the staff of other federal or state governmental agencies are also preferred. 

To apply: 

Please apply at USAJOBS.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Submission deadline: 
Friday, June 14, 2019