EXPERIENCED ATTORNEY/ GS-12 TO GS-14
CIVIL DIVISION, TORTS BRANCH, OFFICE OF CONSTITUTIONAL AND SPECIALIZED TORTS
About the Office: The Civil Division, Torts
Branch, is seeking an experienced attorney for a position in the Office
of Vaccine Litigation. Trial attorneys in the Vaccine Litigation Group
represent the interests of the Secretary of the Department of Health
and Human Services in all cases filed in the U.S. Court of Federal
Claims under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. The cases
involve claims of injury as a result of the receipt of certain vaccines.
Responsibilities and Opportunity offered:
The position offers a unique experience in public service. The legal
and medical issues at stake in each case vary greatly. Attorneys in the
section independently manage heavy case loads, and while streamlined
procedures are utilized, cases frequently involve complex liability and
damages issues. The position involves significant trial practice.
Vaccine staff attorneys are obliged to ensure that the Vaccine Trust
Fund, from which damage awards are paid, is protected and, where
eligibility criteria are met, that fair compensation is distributed to
those whom Congress has intended. Attorneys appear frequently before
the Office of Special Masters in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and
also appear before the judges of the Court, as well as in the U.S.
Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit when handling appeals.
Qualifications: Applicants must posses a
J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney
under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the
District of Columbia, and be an active member of the bar in good
standing. Applicants must have at least one year of post-J.D.
experience. Applicants should have excellent writing, negotiation, and
interpersonal skills, exhibit excellent judgment, and have a strong
interest in trial and appellate practice. Experience in litigating
medical injury and/or products cases, and working with medical expert
witnesses is strongly preferred. The ideal candidate would enjoy
working independently and as part of a team, and feel comfortable in a
courtroom setting. Applicants must exhibit the ability to work in a
supportive and professional manner with staff, attorney supervisors,
and the client agency.
Travel: Occasional travel required.
Salary: Current salary and years of
experience will determine the appropriate salary level within the GS-12
to GS-14 ($74,872 to $136,771) range.
Location: Washington, D.C.
Relocation Expenses: Not authorized.
Application Process And Deadline Date:
Applicants must submit the following items: 1) cover letter, 2) resume,
3) brief writing sample, and 4) current performance appraisal (if
applicable) to: Gabrielle M. Fielding, Assistant Director, Civil
Division, Torts Branch, U.S. Department of Justice, P.O. Box 146,
Benjamin Franklin Station, Washington, DC 20044-0146 or by e-mail to: CSTL-Vaccine.Vacancies@usdoj.gov
No telephone calls please. Applications must be received not later
than April 5th, 2010. Candidates who have applied within the past six
months need not reapply.
Internet Sites: For more information about the Civil Division visit the Justice Department web site at: http://www.usdoj.gov/civil/index.html
Other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at: http://www.usdoj.gov/oarm/attvacancies.html
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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, politics, marital status,
disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, status as a parent,
membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the
basis of personal favoritism. 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. 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.
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. Only U.S. citizens are
eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration
Review and the United States Attorneys’ Offices. Unless otherwise
indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. Citizens may
apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised
that appointments of non-U.S. Citizens are extremely rare; such
appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the
Department's mission and would be subject to strict security
requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and
another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
There is no formal rating system for applying veterans’ preference
to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the
Department of Justice considers veterans’ preference eligibility as a
positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans’
preference must include that information in their cover letter or
resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214,
Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other
supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the “point”
system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point
preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point
Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required
for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/sf0015.pdf
for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and
the required supporting documents). Applicants should note that SF 15
requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected
disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to
be dated within the last 12 months except in the case of service
members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a
branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due
to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was
transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or
retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).
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