Trial Attorney

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    The United States Department of Justice
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    negotiable / month
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The Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD), founded more than a century ago, is one of the core litigating components of the U.S. Department of Justice. The Environmental Enforcement Section (EES) includes about thirty percent of the Division’s lawyers and leads the Department’s civil enforcement of the Nation’s pollution, environmental cleanup, and natural resource damage laws-all to protect public health and the environment. The major statutes EES enforces include the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and multiple hazardous waste laws. EES attorneys also have opportunities to lead the Department’s enforcement efforts in Environmental Justice and Climate Change.
EES strives to maintain a work environment that is collegial, diverse, and welcoming. Our office places a high value on a range of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified individuals. EES work assignments and in-house training foster the professional development of each of its members.
Job Description:
Regardless of the stage of their careers, EES attorneys enjoy a diverse caseload that allows for continuing development and new challenges. Our attorneys handle all aspects of affirmative civil litigation, including case development, electronic discovery, motions practice, complex settlement negotiations, and trials. Our practice includes cases of national scope that typically involve significant factual and expert discovery and pre-trial motions.
The affirmative nature of EES cases requires attorneys to advance cases through negotiations and all stages of litigation, beginning with the internal deliberations of the government, especially with other federal agencies, and continuing through extensive discovery and litigation to judgment. EES attorneys frequently negotiate settlements involving complex and technical injunctive relief and payment of civil penalties, while simultaneously preparing a case for trial. These responsibilities require outstanding communication skills, both oral and written, and the ability to collaborate with DOJ and agency colleagues to achieve the best outcome for the United States.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals, possess a J.D. degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State or territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, be an active member of the bar in good standing and have at least three years of post-J.D. experience. Applicants also must have strong, demonstrated qualifications in the following areas: skill and experience working collaboratively and productively with others; excellent written and oral communication skills; the ability to analyze a variety of legal issues; initiative; professional judgment; organizational skills; and the ability to manage multiple demands simultaneously and to excel in a fast-paced environment.
Preferred Qualifications: The Section will consider any of the following qualifications, which are desirable, but not required:

  • Federal or state court litigation and trial experience, including experience with electronic discovery and document management;
  • Experience with multi-party negotiations and mediations;
  • Knowledge of the laws enforced by EES;
  • Experience supervising the work of, and delegating responsibility to, professional staff; and
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a significant docket, handle several difficult or complex cases and matters at the same time, and meet applicable deadlines.

While the following are also desirable, no candidate will be excluded from consideration in the absence of these experiences: 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, including co-counsel and professional staff, the staff of other federal agencies, fact and expert witnesses, opposing counsel, and judicial officials.
Applicants should have a strong interest in federal litigation and/or trial work and a strong academic background. Judicial clerkship experience is valued and counts toward the post-JD legal experience. The ideal candidates will also possess a demonstrated interest in public service and/or environmental protection and enforcement.
• At least 3 years of post J.D. civil/environmental litigation and/or judicial experience to qualify for the GS-13 grade level.
• At least 4 years of post J.D. civil/environmental litigation and/or judicial experience to qualify for the GS-14 grade level.
• At least 5 years of post J.D. civil/environmental litigation and/or judicial experience to qualify for the GS-15 grade level.
Years of experience will determine the appropriate salary level for the position. The possible salary ranges are: GS-13: ($103,690 – $134,798); GS-14: ($122,530 – $159,286); GS-15: ($144,128 – $172,500).
You may be expected to travel for this position.
Application Process:
Your application package must be emailed to . Please reference vacancy announcement ENRD-21-038-EXC in the subject line.
Required Documents

  • Cover letter highlighting relevant experience and interest
  • DD 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation, as applicable

No telephone calls please.
You will be evaluated based on your qualification for this position as evidenced by your application materials, including a possible interview. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.
You must submit your application so that it will be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date.
Note: The Selecting Official may select additional candidates if more positions become available within 90 days after the announcement closes.
Internet Sites:
For more information about the Environment and Natural Resources Division, visit the Justice Department’s web site at: .
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.
Application Deadline:
Friday, July 23, 2021
Relocation Expenses:
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions:
Updated July 6, 2021
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Equal Employment Opportunity: The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, pregnancy, status as a parent, or any other nonmerit-based factor. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement .
Reasonable Accommodations: This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities: The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements. Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. See list of DPOCs .
Suitability and Citizenship: It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, ). Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S….. click apply for full job details