Website U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Organizational Location: This attorney position is located in the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA), District Court Litigation Division (DCLD), Washington, D.C.
Assignments within DCLD typically are fast-paced and involve work of a high-profile nature. DCLD defends ICE’s operational prerogatives and activities, its people, and its budget by zealously representing agency interests in civil litigation and through the adjudication of “administrative tort claims”. DCLD’s attorneys serve as agency counsel and manage federal civil litigation against ICE, including reviewing documents for responsiveness and privilege during discovery, and cases that otherwise impact ICE equities. DCLD attorneys work closely with the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Headquarters Office of General Counsel and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) entities, including
U.S. Attorney’s Offices, the Office of Immigration Litigation, and the Torts Branch. DCLD assists ICE personnel and DOJ in all aspects of federal litigation, including the development of legal strategy and arguments, motion practice, discovery, and settlement negotiations, in cases ranging from common-law tort suits, lawsuits under Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents, 403 U.S. 388 (1971), and claims seeking injunctive or declaratory relief, including “class action” habeas corpus relief.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) is seeking an attorney for a position within the District Court Litigation Division (DCLD) in Washington, D.C. DCLD attorneys serve as part of a dynamic team whose work contributes to activities that are integral to ICE’s overall mission.
DCLD also provides oral and written advice to ICE leadership and employees regarding potential litigation risks, represents ICE’s interests in litigation-related discussions with other agencies and DHS components, and adjudicates administrative claims for personal injuries and property damage pursuant to the Federal Tort Claims Act, 28 U.S.C. §§ 2671-2680. The selected applicant will be given significant responsibilities on an immediate basis.
The incumbent of this position will directly support the missions of ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations, ICE Homeland Security Investigations, and other ICE components charged by Congress to enforce the immigration and customs laws of the United States.
- You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
- You must successfully pass a background investigation and drug screen for federal employment.
- Relevant Experience. Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
- You may be required to serve a two-year trial period, if the requirement has not been met.
- Males born after 12/31/59 must certify registration with Selective Service.
- Complete Application Package (see How to Apply Tab).
- You must be an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of
- Columbia, and be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
- Demonstrating superior legal research, analysis, and evaluation skills; providing legal oral and written advice; drafting legal opinions that contain complex legal analysis while balancing policy consideration; possessing well-developed written advocacy, organizational, and communication skills;
- Knowledge of immigration, customs, constitutional, or tort law and experience handling federal court matters, including discovery, is preferred;
- Possession of strong interpersonal relationship skills and the ability to work independently in a fast pace, high profile environment, and willingness to learn new areas of the law are essential
Company: U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Vacancy Type: Full Time
Job Location: Washington, DC, US
Application Deadline: N/A