Trial Attorney (DUI Prosecutor), Public Safety Division (13-Month Term) (#2022-98; Closing 7/13/2022)

Attorney Washington, District Of Columbia


Description

LOCATION: Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia

Public Safety Division

400 Sixth Street, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20001

WORK STATUS: A hybrid remote telework/in-office schedule option is available upon supervisor approval.

COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT: The Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia (OAG) is committed to providing the highest quality legal and programmatic services to the District and its residents while ensuring the health and safety of employees, customers, clients, volunteers, contractors, and other visitors.

The District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General values the safety of our employees, our residents, and our visitors. In support of these values, OAG employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including having received a booster shot within five months from either the date of the second shot for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines (or two months from the single-shot of Johnson & Johnson), except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are the selected candidate, as of your start date, you must provide proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including timely received booster vaccine, or you must request an exemption from your representative.

JOB REQUISITION NUMBER:  2022- 98

 

NUMBER OF VACANCIES: 1

 

OPENING DATE: June 22, 2022

CLOSING DATE: July 13, 2022 

SALARY RANGE*: $89,879 - $126,297

*This salary range is within the Career Service salary schedule. Salary in this range will be based on many factors including applicable rules, regulations, and guidelines. 

PAY PLAN, SERIES, GRADE: LA-905-12-LA-905-14

TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: Legal Service -13-Month Term

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING UNIT: This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFGE Local 1403. If you opt to join the union, and consent, a service fee will be paid through direct payroll deduction. 

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Open to the public

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES for Grade 12

Incumbent reviews information presented and relevant case law to determine whether a proceeding or filing should be initiated. Reviews for this purpose include interviewing agency officials, other potential witnesses, available documents, and sources of information.

The incumbent is responsible for preparing complaints, motions, and legal briefs/memoranda as appropriate.

Prepares and conducts litigation including preparation of witnesses and exhibits; collection and organization of evidence; preparation and conduct of preliminary proceedings; identification, procurement, and preparation of expert services; examination of witnesses; and oral arguments. 

Negotiates resolution of cases and determines, with the approval of the supervisor, when continued proceedings are no longer in the best interest of the District of Columbia, and prepares documentation and necessary court papers to implement negotiations.

Performs all functions related to case and calendar management, such as pretrial, motion, and trial scheduling, preparation of case transfer or close-out reports, case file entry updating, documentation of action taken or orders issued, timely preparation and service of filings, timely issuance of subpoenas, and any other administrative function associated with litigation.

The incumbent is responsible for keeping abreast of judicial, agency, and other changes in laws and regulations related to the function of programs and the recommendation of appropriate courses of action to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG).

Incumbents may have to confer with and incorporate the concerns of District Government officials, members of administrative bodies, and officials outside of the District Government regarding actions taken during enforcement cases. 

Compiles monthly statistical and status reports on cases assigned. 

Performs other related duties, as assigned.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES for selection at a Grade 13, in addition to those duties and responsibilities set forth above, the successful candidate also:

Performs extensive legal research; prepares detailed memoranda of findings to support conclusion of cases in accord with judicial and office policies, procedures and precedents; informs supervisor of findings of facts and resolution of assigned cases.

Represents OAG in complex hearings and prepares evidence, briefs, motions, and other documents to support cases, as necessary.

Keeps abreast of judicial, agency and other changes in laws and regulations related to the function of programs and recommends appropriate courses of action to the Chief, Deputy Attorney General and the Attorney General.

Ensures staff is trained in laws, rules, regulations, adjudicative process, and in gathering information and documentation to provide supporting evidence pursuant to enforcement or corrective actions.

Performs other duties as assigned.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES for selection at a Grade 14, in addition to those duties and responsibilities set forth above, the successful candidate also:

Incumbent serves as a senior attorney in the Office/Division/Section handling the more complex and difficult matters. Reviews information presented and relevant cases presented and relevant case laws to determine whether a proceeding or filing should be initiated. Review for this purpose includes interviewing agency officials, other potential witnesses, available documents and other sources of information.

Attends and participates in hearings before committees of the Council of the District of Columbia and the Congress pertaining to proposed laws or legislation, which may affect existing laws of the District of Columbia.

Maintains familiarity with current decisions of local courts and the Supreme Court of the United States, as well as decisions of other jurisdictions concerning areas of specialization.

Incumbent is responsible for keeping abreast of judicial, agency, and other changes in laws and regulations related to the function of programs and the recommendations of appropriate courses of action to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG).

Incumbent may have to confer with and incorporate concerns District Government officials, members of administrative bodies, and officials outside of the District Government with actions taken during enforcements cases.

Represents OAG in complex hearings and prepares evidence, briefs, motions, and other documents to support cases, as necessary.

Ensures staff is trained in laws, rules, regulations, adjudicative process, and in gathering information and documentation to provide supporting evidence pursuant to enforcement of corrective actions.

Performs other related duties, as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION: The success candidate must possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities: 

Grade 12:

Knowledge of laws, theories, principles, practices, and techniques of legal proceedings is sufficient to represent the District of Columbia in litigation and related activities.

Skills in the analysis and resolution of difficult legal issues in an orderly, systematic, and effective manner.

Skills in interpreting and applying applicable laws, regulations, and practices, including agency policies and relevant judicial decisions.

Skills in identifying and isolating controlling legal issues from complex factual situations.

Skills in applying sound judgment in the review and analysis of matters, and deriving logical conclusions.

Knowledge of legal reference materials and research techniques, including the use of Westlaw, LexisNexis, and other automated legal and legislative retrieval systems.

Skills in communicating precisely and effectively, both orally and in writing.

Knowledge of legal advocacy tactics and strategy as well as negotiation pretrial and trial techniques.

Set forth in grade 12, in addition, Grade 13 must have, 

Extensive knowledge of applicable District and Federal laws, regulations, guidelines, principles, practices and techniques, including agency policies and relevant judicial decision.

Substantial skills in the analysis and resolution of difficult legal issues in an orderly, systematic, and effective manner.

Knowledge of legal reference materials and research techniques, including the use of Westlaw, LexisNexis, and other automated legal and legislative retrieval systems.

Advanced knowledge of legal advocacy tactics and strategy as well as negotiation, pre-trial and trial techniques.

Set forth in grade 13, in addition, grade 14 must have,

In-depth knowledge of several titles of law, agency policies, regulations and procedures; Federal and State laws related to functions of the Office/Division/Section; as well as precedent agency and judicial decisions.

Skills in interpreting and apply legal knowledge in various situations.

Extensive knowledge of general administrative and management principles, practices and techniques. Skills in applying this knowledge and the ability to assume administrative and managerial functions.

Substantial skills in the analysis and resolution of difficult legal issues in an orderly, systematic

QUALIFICATIONS:

Grade 12 qualifications:

The Incumbent must have a law degree and be a member of the District of Columbia Bar or eligible for waiver into a bar. At least 3 years of relevant related specialized experience 1 year of which must have been equivalent to LA-11 level 

Grade 13 qualifications:

The Incumbent must have a law degree and be a member of the District of Columbia Bar or eligible for waiver into bar.  At least 4 years of relevant related specialized experience 1 year of which must have been equivalent to LA-12.

Grade 14 qualifications:

The Incumbent must have a law degree and be a member of the District of Columbia Bar or eligible for waiver into bar. At least 4 years of relevant related specialized experience 1 year of which must have been equivalent to LA-13.

ELIGIBILITY: The successful candidate must have a law degree and be an active member in good standing of the bar of any jurisdiction.  If not a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the candidate must be sworn into the District of Columbia Bar within 360 days of his/her initial appointment with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.

LICENSURE/CERTIFICATIONS: Incumbent must be a member of the District of Columbia Bar, or eligible for waiver into bar. The incumbent must be sworn into the District of Columbia Bar within 360 days of his/her initial appointment with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.

HOW TO APPLY: Interested candidates must apply online. All applications must include (1) a cover letter stating why you are interested in the position, (2) resume; (3) a list of three references.

Candidates will be able only to submit the application once and will not be able to return to add attachments or make any changes to their application once it has been submitted.

GENERAL SUITABILITY SCREENING: The selected candidate will be subject to a background investigation including reference checks. Your position is of special trust, and as part of your duties you may reasonably be expected to affect the access to, or control of, security-sensitive systems or resources. Accordingly, your position is considered security-sensitive. As a condition of employment, you must successfully pass a criminal background check, traffic record check (as applicable), and consumer credit check (as applicable). For the duration of our tenure, you must comply with requests (if needed) for periodic criminal background checks, as well as reasonable suspicion and post-accident or post-incident drug and alcohol screenings. 

FLSA STATUS: Exempt

OTHER SIGNIFICANT FACTS:  This position is not designated as essential or emergency.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Work is predominately sedentary. Yet some walking, standing, bending and carry light to moderately heavy objects (such as boxes of records, briefcases, and exhibits) are required.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is mainly performed in a typical office and courtroom setting.

PRIORITY CONSIDERATION: Displaced Employee Priority Placement:  Candidates who are eligible for the District of Columbia’s Displaced Employee Program (DEP) and Agency Reemployment Priority Placement Program (ARPP) will be given priority consideration for this position if found qualified. 

EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS:  Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation), and sick leave and will be covered under the District of Columbia government’s retirement plan. However, if the selectee was previously employed in the District of Columbia’s government under an appointment for which he/she was eligible for Civil Service Retirement (CSR), contributions to CSR will resume upon re-employment. 

RESIDENCY PREFERENCE:  A person applying for a position in the Career Service, Education Service, Management Supervisory Service, an attorney position in the Legal Service (series 905) other than in the Senior Executive Attorney Service (SEAS), or an attorney in the Excepted Service (series 905) who is a bona fide District resident AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION for the position, maybe awarded a 10-point residency preference over non-District residents’ applications unless the person declines the preference points.  If selected, the person shall be required to present proofs of bona fide District residency and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment.  Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the 7-year period will result in forfeiture of employment. Please note, if the position you are applying for is in the Career, Management Supervisory, or Educational Service and the salary offered is at or above an annual salary of one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000), you must establish DC residency within 180 days of appointment and continue to maintain residency within the District of Columbia throughout the duration of employment. 

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE:  Applicants claiming veterans’ preference must submit official proof at the time of application. 

DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE:  Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1998, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after the conviction of or a plea of guilty to a violation of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.  

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER:   All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, genetic information, or political affiliation. 

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 etseq., (Act) the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, disability, genetic information, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above-protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.  

OFFICIAL JOB OFFERS ARE TO BE MADE ONLY BY THE HUMAN RESOURCES SECTION OF THE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 

Important: Your COMPLETE application is important to OAG hiring process. Please ensure that you have read through the requisition in its entirety. Any REQUIRED document/s i.e. Resume, Cover Letter, DC2000RP, and/or KSAs as applicable, are included BEFORE you SUBMIT the application. You will NOT be able to re-submit. Thank you.