Overview

As a Trial Attorney in the Office of Immigration Litigation-District Court Section, you will typically have an active docket involving interaction with client agencies, motions practice, discovery, class action litigation, and trial and appellate practice. You may handle matters in federal district and appellate courts involving Constitutional law and federal immigration law, regulations, and policy.

All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see www.ed.gov.

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Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency with your application materials. More information may be found at https: www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

All documentation must be in English or include an English translation. https: www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Many of the Section’s cases involve issues of first impression involving constitutional rights and entitlements, statutory interpretation, federal authority over immigration matters, agency rulemaking procedures, and Article III standing. The Section’s attorneys represent multiple federal agencies including the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, and Defense in cases involving a wide range of complex immigration matters; the Department of State in cases involving visas, passports, and other claims to U.S. citizenship; and the Department of Labor in foreign worker wage and alien labor certification matters.

The Section’s attorneys also handle national security matters, including denaturalization of individuals with established terrorism ties, and defense of programmatic challenges to Department of Homeland Security and Department of Labor rules governing alien employment authorization, foreign investor, and temporary guest worker programs. The Section defends numerous cases brought by known or suspected terrorists and convicted criminals attempting to acquire immigration benefits, thwart removal, or avoid mandatory detention pending removal. Complex, high-profile class action cases challenging critical policies and programs relating to the Federal Government’s interpretation, administration, and enforcement of immigration law are a significant part of the OIL-DCS’s caseload. Successful applicants will enjoy a varied, challenging, and high-visibility practice with the potential for significant professional growth. OIL-DCS’s team-centered approach to litigation provides an exceptionally collegial atmosphere with the opportunity for substantial individual responsibility.

Travel is often necessary for court appearances, oral argument, discovery, and other case-related matters.

Applicants must be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be a 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.

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), have at least one year of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-12 level; have at least two years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-13 level; have at least three years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-14 level; and four years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-15 level. You must also be a U.S. citizen.

Preferred Qualifications: Individuals with civil litigation experience in federal court, including a federal clerkship, are encouraged to apply. Individuals with federal prosecution experience are also encouraged to apply. Experience with high-volume civil discovery is preferred.

Applicants must have excellent writing and advocacy skills, as well as superior negotiation and interpersonal skills. Successful applicants will be highly motivated, exhibit sound judgment and creativity, and have several years of active litigation experience. Judicial clerkship experience is strongly preferred.

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