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US DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE HIRING ATTORNEY HURRY UP

Posted on: 20 Mar 2020 121 views
: Attorney (International)
: US DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
: https://www.commerce.gov/
: Washington, DC, United States
: JD
: $86,335 to

Open & closing dates: 03/09/2020 to 03/20/2020

Salary: $86,335 to $157,709 per year

The U.S. Department of Commerce Office of the General Counsel is seeking an attorney to join the Office of the Chief Counsel for Trade Enforcement & Compliance (CC-TEC). This office is the principal legal advisor to the Department's International Trade Administration's Enforcement & Compliance unit (Enforcement & Compliance) with respect to anti dumping and countervailing duty matters.

Responsibilities

The attorney will:

  • Serve as a legal advisor to the International Trade Administration's Enforcement & Compliance Unit concerning the administration of the antidumping and countervailing duty laws, performing the following, non-exclusive, duties:
    • Conduct thorough research into relevant statutory and regulatory provisions, legislative history, past practice, and court decisions;
    • Draft legal memoranda concerning complex and/or novel legal issues arising in the context of antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings;
    • Review draft antidumping and countervailing duty determinations;
  • Advise on a variety of legal issues that will vary in legal and factual complexity and, frequently, are of a novel nature.
  • Represent CC-TEC at meetings.
  • Defend Enforcement & Compliance's antidumping and countervailing duty decisions in domestic courts and international fora, including in World Trade Organization dispute settlement proceedings, performing the following, non-exclusive, duties:
    • Draft motions, briefs, and responses to questions in support of the United States Government's position in a given piece of litigation;
    • Represent the United States Government - along with counsel from other United States Government agencies, as relevant - in litigation pertaining to Enforcement & Compliance's antidumping and countervailing duty determinations.
  • Support, through advice and drafting, Enforcement & Compliance's rulemaking activities.
  • Carry out the above duties with varying degrees of preliminary instruction ­depending on the grade level at which hired and the nature of the assignment and, often independently, conduct the research, plan the approach, and develop the recommendation, and represent CC-TEC.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (www.sss.gov).
  • You must possess a law degree and an active bar membership of any state.
  • Pass a background investigation and obtain and maintain a SECRET clearance.

The attorney will be responsible for providing legal advice in support of antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings; conducting thorough research of relevant statutory and regulatory provisions, legislative history, past practice, and court decisions; reviewing antidumping- and countervailing duty-related decision documents; drafting briefs to defend Enforcement & Compliance's antidumping and countervailing duty decisions before a reviewing court or body; and supporting Enforcement & Compliance rulemaking activities.

Excellent writing and analytic skills, the ability to work effectively with others inside and outside the organization, and sound judgment are all essential to the job. A premium will be placed on writing ability, attention to detail, effective communication, and a demonstrated ability to timely turn around high-quality litigation-related and other documents. The attorney must be able to handle a variety of assignments with short deadlines. The attorney must demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills suitable for successfully working on a team with Office attorneys, Enforcement & Compliance staff at all levels, and attorneys at other government agencies such as the Justice Department. Litigation experience and international trade experience are preferred, although a demonstrated interest in litigation and/or international trade issues may be acceptable.

The attorney will be hired at the GS-12, GS-13, or GS-14 level depending upon experience, with promotion potential to GS-15.

*A two year trial period may be required.

*Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance.

*Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

Qualifications

Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards.  This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service.  Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.  This experience need not have been in the federal government.

For GS-12: You must be a graduate, with an LL.B. or J.D. 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 or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
In addition to the basic requirement, to be considered minimally qualified for this position you must meet one of the following criteria: 

A. Completed one year of professional legal experience; or
B. Have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled, preferably including demonstrated experience pertaining to international trade issues. Specialized experience may include experience analyzing federal statutes, regulations, decisional law, and opinions, and legal research; supervised preparation of legal memoranda or litigation documents; and the supervised counseling of clients.

For GS-13: You must be a graduate, with an LL.B. or J.D. 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 or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
In addition to the basic requirement, to be considered minimally qualified for this position you must meet one of the following criteria:

A. Completed two years of professional legal experience; or

B. Have at least two years of specialized experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled, including demonstrated experience pertaining to international trade issues. Specialized experience may include experience analyzing federal statutes, regulations, decisional law, and opinions, and legal research; supervised preparation of legal memoranda or litigation documents; and the supervised counseling of clients.

For GS-14: You must be a graduate, with an LL.B. or J.D. 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 or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
In addition to the basic requirement, to be considered minimally qualified for this position you must meet one of the following criteria:

A. Completed three years of professional legal experience; or

B. Have at least three years of specialized experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled, including demonstrated experience pertaining to international trade issues. Litigation experience is strongly preferred for candidates for a GS-14 position. Specialized experience may include experience analyzing federal statutes, regulations, decisional law, and opinions, and legal research; supervised preparation of legal memoranda or litigation documents; and the supervised counseling of clients.

Applicants may be hired at any of the grades shown in this announcement.

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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies; knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Education

Applicants must possess a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree or Master of Laws (L.L.M.) degree from an ABA accredited law school.

Official or unofficial transcripts must be submitted with your application package.

Required Documents

A complete application consists of the following:

Cover letter. Address demonstrated interests and qualifications as it relates to the position.

Resume showing relevant experience. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and, if you are a male born after December 31, 1959, whether you are registered for Selective Service. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience, including the dates (mm/dd/yy). For work in the Federal Service, please include the grade level for the position(s).

Copy of law school transcript (Unofficial copy is sufficient, but an official copy must be submitted before the appointment). You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

Certificate of bar membership and proof of good standing. Prior to receiving a formal offer, you will be asked to provide a certificate of bar membership and proof of good standing.

Writing Sample - Five pages or less, preferably on international trade issues and/or a persuasive piece containing legal analysis.

Current and former Federal employees: You must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows competitive or excepted service appointment, tenure group, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please submit the SF-50 showing the highest (permanent) grade ever held, if different from your current grade. Please note: performance award, details, and realignments are not acceptable SF-50s

You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

Failure to provide such documents when requested may result in lost consideration.

How to Apply

Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.

To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at http://www.usajobs.gov and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at (866) 656-6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET

For instructions on submitting your application in an alternate format, please contact the Agency Contact listed in this vacancy announcement.

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