Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! New Fellowship Applications Available Now

Portland Bureau of Development in Oregon Seeking City Planner

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City Planners II with a Land Use Specialty perform advanced professional land use planning and project coordination duties, applying advanced land use planning knowledge to assignments and to the coordination of multiple complex projects or processes from inception to completion, using computer applications and software pertaining to the work.

The Land Use Services Division of BDS currently has a 2-year, limited-term position available. Duties include administering the zoning code through review of development proposals, and providing zoning information and assistance to customers involved in the land use review or permitting process.

The Enforcement Division of the Inspections Division has a permanent position available. Duties and responsibilities include processing and investigating increasingly complex zoning enforcement complaints, i.e. environmental, tree cutting, site excavation, erosion control and/or grading disturbances, large signs, Central City Parking review, Vending/Food Cart pods, and Land Use conditions. Other duties include performing permit inspections for Development Review & Zoning Permits, posting Stop Work Order notices, providing feedback and direction to Code Specialists II & III and Housing Inspectors on zoning-code related questions and enforcement actions.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) Seeking ELL Program Specialist, Due 9/9

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The Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs is looking for a Program Specialist who is a strategic, results driven, and a passionate advocate for immigrants and refugees.

The Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) was established in 2012 with the mission to facilitate the successful integration of immigrants and refugees into Seattle’s civic, economic and cultural life. In order for the department to realize its goals and objectives, we have an opportunity to bring in an experienced Program Specialist who will work with the OIRA team to develop and implement programs that build equity for immigrant and refugee communities in Seattle and establish Seattle as a leader in immigrant integration.

Reporting to the OIRA Director, you will utilize your program development experience to cultivate and coordinate a City-wide English Language Learner (ELL) initiative to address the unmet needs in ESL programming in our region. The city’s new ESL program is currently in development, so you will be responsible for managing the successful planning and implementation this innovative program.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention Post Grads! WildEarth Guardians Seeking Public Lands Director, Due 10/1

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The Public Lands Director is responsible for developing and implementing a national program to protect and restore public lands, engaging a diverse set of strategies, including legislation, government affairs, and litigation. This position will implement campaigns to further WildEarth Guardians’ mission, as primarily related to national forest lands.

This position reports to the Wild Places ​Program ​Director and is located in Denver, CO or Missoula, MT.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Applications Available for 2015-2017 Hanna S. Cohn Equal Justice Fellowhip, Due 10/15

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Applications are currently being accepted from students entering or in their third year of law school for the Hanna S. Cohn Equal Justice Fellowship ‐ an exciting, two‐year, public interest fellowship opportunity. The Fellowship is a full‐time position; we are accepting applications for the term beginning September, 2015 and ending August 2017.

The Fellow will be placed at the Empire Justice Center, a statewide, multi‐issue, multi‐strategy non‐profit law firm focused on changing the “systems” within which poor and low income families live.  The Fellow will work with advocates in Empire Justice Center’s Rochester, New York office representing low‐income clients in complex areas of litigation and other types of advocacy.

The Fellowship is being funded in memory of Hanna S. Cohn, a remarkable attorney who began her 25‐year career in poverty law as a public interest fellow. Hanna was the Executive Director of Volunteer Legal Services Project (VLSP) a pro bono program that, because of Hanna’s leadership, is recognized as one of the best of its kind in the country.

For a complete description and application instructions, click here.

New Fellowship Offering Available to Recent Grads, The Gaye L. Tenoso Indian Country Fellowship

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The Gaye L. Tenoso Indian Country Fellowship, part of the Attorney General’s Honors Program, is designed to create a new pipeline of legal talent with expertise and deep experience in federal Indian law, tribal law, and Indian Country issues that can be deployed in creative ways to build tribal capacity, combat violent crime, and bolster public safety in Indian Country jurisdictions.  The Fellowship is named in honor of Department of Justice attorney, the late Gaye L. Tenoso. Gaye’s distinguished service to the Department and the people it serves spanned 30 years.

Each Indian Country Fellowship position offers a 36-month appointment that may be extended or converted to a permanent position. Fellows will generally be assigned to a U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) with significant Indian Country work, but may have the opportunity to be assigned to a Main Justice Component with significant equities in Indian Country matters and law.

For a complete description and application instructions, click here.

Position Opening as Evening Legal Clinic Coordinator for Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Program, Open Until Filled

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The Evening Legal Clinic Coordinator facilitates off-site and evening legal clinics, provides support to attorneys volunteering in off-site and evening clinics, oversees late afternoon and evening non-attorney volunteers and performs regular data input to keep client records up to date.

This is a part-time position, 1⁄2 to 3⁄4 time, hours and schedule to be determined and will remain flexible.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Want To Share About Your Summer Experience? Submit Photos to the Summer Experience Photo Contest!

UW Career Center Invites You to Participate in Its Student Photo Contest

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We are excited to announce our first-ever student photo contest!  We are encouraging any UW student to take a picture of their “Summer Experience,” which can pertain to their internship, part-time job, travel, volunteer, job shadow, etc.  Students will then post their pictures via their personal Twitter or Instagram accounts, write a short caption describing the context of the picture, and include the hashtag #UWCCPhoto.   The contest runs from August 22nd-September 24th.  Prizes will be awarded!

For full details of the contest and how students submit photos, click here.  We are also tracking photo submissions here.   

2014 King County Support for Solo and Small Firm Attorneys Grants Sponsored by Washington Women Lawyers, King County Chapter

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The King County Chapter of Washington Women Lawyers (KCWWL) is pleased to provide a grant opportunity of up to $1,500 each to two or more awardees to complement our traditional academic scholarships for University of Washington and Seattle University Law School students in 2014.  The Support for Solo and Small Firm Attorneys program is intended to recognize excellence in practice for new solo or small firm (2-3 attorneys) practitioners whose work benefits women directly or improves women’s access to justice in Seattle/King County.

KCWWL has recognized many factors impacting new attorneys as they attempt to enter the work force in the Seattle/King County area, and is continuing its efforts at retaining diversity in the field of law.  This grant is focused on: 1) reducing the numbers of women attorneys leaving the profession; and 2) lessening the impact of the recession on recent bar certified attorneys graduating with record levels of law school debt.

For more information, click here.

New Disability Rights Guide Released by the Washington Leadership Institute on Washington Law Help

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Knowing your rights as a person with a disability is an important part of being an effective self-advocate and making decisions about your own life. This guide is designed to provide young people with disabilities information and resources so that you can understand and exercise your legal rights.

Check out the new guide online here.

Interested in Lawyering in the Tropics? Staff Attorney Position in Micronesia!

Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia Seeking Staff Attorney to Serve in the Office of Legislative Counsel

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The Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia is seeking a staff attorney to work in the Office of the Legislative Counsel.  The Federated States of Micronesia is an island national located in the Western Pacific Ocean, just north of the equator.  The nation’s lush tropical foliage, coral reefs, and sparkling lagoons make it one of the most beautiful places on earth.  Its capital is located on the island of Pohnpei. More information on the FSM can be found at the FSM Visitor’s Board website at http://www.visit-micronesia.fm

The official website of the FSM Congress is at www.fsmcongress.fm

The responsibilities of a staff attorney include drafting legislation, legal research, providing advice to members of Congress, and working with the Executive Branch of the government on legislative matters.  The work is diverse, ranging from tax and budget legislation to fundamental issues of national social policy.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.  Photo courtesy of Kevin Davidson.

Northwest Justice Project Seeking Winter/Spring Semester Intern/Extern in Its Foreclosure Consequences Advocacy Team

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Under the supervision of experienced staff attorneys, the student will serve as part of a statewide team of legal services advocates who work cooperatively, with other providers, in bringing high quality representation to indigent individuals and communities. The law student will aid attorneys with legal research, interview and advise clients, and assist in case planning. Students may also help develop self-help materials for pro se litigants, develop training materials for staff and clients, work on outreach to minority communities, and work on other special projects, depending on the needs of the team.

The Foreclosure Consequences Advocacy Team addresses the impacts of foreclosures on individuals and communities. The team deals with a variety of issues, including, among others, (1) situations in which lenders or foreclosure sale purchasers fail to honor the rights of homeowners and tenants in homes that are being foreclosed; (2) vulnerable homeowners and tenants who need assistance with the transition to new housing; (3) scams involving mortgage rescue and credit repair; (4) predatory purchase and sale agreements; (5) neighborhood blight; and (6) promoting occupation of foreclosed homes.

All law clerks will be expected to bring the maturity and commitment to their work necessary to participate as members of a comprehensive, statewide equal justice delivery system.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

International Justice Project Seeking Law & Policy Intern

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The intern will research international criminal law, human rights law, and international humanitarian law to assist with the legal representation of clients at the International Criminal Court. Intern duties will also include compiling personal data, completing individual Standard Application Forms of Darfurian victims for participatory rights in ICC Proceedings, and monitoring and analyzing current legal and political developments pertaining to our cases.

Additionally, s/he will assist in drafting public statements related to our advocacy efforts. S/he may also be involved with tasks associated with fundraising, marketing, and outreach through social media.

Please note, this internship position is only open to current law students or recent law graduates.

Preferred qualifications:

1. Knowledge of international law, human rights law, international criminal law, or a related field.
2. Proven ability to work cross-culturally, especially with victims of trauma and/or mass atrocities.

To apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to ijp@internationaljusticeproject.com with “Law and Policy Internship” in the subject line. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Click here for more information. Photo credit: Albert Gonzalez Farran – UNAMID

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! Public Defender Service for DC Accepting Applications for OCI, Due 9/11

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The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) provides and promotes quality legal representation to indigent adults and children facing a loss of liberty in the District of Columbia and thereby protects society’s interest in the fair administration of justice.

Trial attorneys are responsible for providing outstanding oral and written advocacy in their individual cases and for working effectively with forensic workers, investigators and other specialists to achieve each client’s desired outcome.

We will be interviewing 2L’s and 3L’s for summer law clerk and attorney positions.  The summer law clerks are unpaid, but it mostly depends on the PDS’ budget.  The 3Ls are permanent paid positions.

For a complete job description and application instructions, visit Symplicity.

Position Opening for Assistant Director Academic Outreach & Development at the UCLA School of Law

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Under the general direction of the Executive Director, the Assistant Director works to develop, implement and administer a wide variety of outreach initiatives. The Assistant Director helps to leverage the resources of a major research university to strengthen the student preparation pipeline in traditionally underserved and socioeconomically disadvantaged communities and schools. This includes the nationally renowned Law Fellows Program, which engages high-potential undergraduates and recent graduates from diverse backgrounds in academic and career programming designed to increase their competitiveness for admission to law school, demystify legal education and facilitate their entry into the legal profession. The Assistant Director creates new programs and systems to address currently unmet needs and evaluates and improves existing initiatives, including an expanded array of development initiatives. Additionally, the Assistant Director assists in identifying and disseminating best practices in the academic preparation, retention, success and promotion of underserved populations.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention Recent Law School Graduates or 3Ls! 2015-2017 Aryeh Neier Fellowship Opportunity for the Human Rights Watch / American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Due 10/15

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The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (“ACLU”) and Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) invite applications for the Aryeh Neier Fellowship. The fellow will work with both organizations on joint initiatives to strengthen respect for human rights in the United States.

Human Rights Watch and the ACLU created the fellowship in 2002 with generous funding from the Open Society Institute to honor the legacy of Aryeh Neier. As executive director of the ACLU and then of Human Rights Watch, Aryeh Neier helped develop both organizations into powerful forces for justice and human rights.

A special committee from both organizations will select the fellow, who will begin the two-year fellowship in the fall of 2015. He or she will most likely be placed in the New York City offices of Human Rights Watch and the ACLU, spending a year at each; however, the fellow should be open to placement in the organizations’ offices in other locations in the US.

For a complete description of the fellowship and application instructions, click here.

Learn More About Human Trafficking and Debtor’s Prison in These Upcoming CLEs

August 21: Prosecuting Human Trafficking Crimes in South Asia

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3:30 – 4:00 PM Registration
4:00 – 5:00 PM CLE Seminar
Century Square, Alki Room, 1501 4th Ave., Seattle

The presentation will focus on Jennifer Oswald’s work with International Justice Mission, an anti-human trafficking organization in South Asia. She worked with local attorneys to combat commercial sexual exploitation of minors by prosecuting sex traffickers. She will discuss the scope of trafficking, vulnerabilities regarding trafficking, the rescue and aftercare of the survivors, and prosecution of the traffickers. Furthermore, she will discuss anti-trafficking laws as well as review specific case studies.

To register, click here.

August 27: Free Webinar – Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know about Managing Student Debt & Earning Loan Forgiveness

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Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014
3:00 – 4:00 PM EDT

On July 29, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) introduced the Relief for Underwater Student Borrowers Act (H.R. 5239). This bill would prevent borrowers who earn forgiveness after 20 or 25 years of consistent repayment in the Income-Based Repayment (IBR) and Pay as You Earn (PAYE) repayment plans from having to pay taxes on the amount forgiven. Millions of borrowers currently face the possibility of having to deal with this potentially devastating tax liability. We urge you to call your Congressperson and Senators to support this bill!

To learn more about IBR, PAYE and Public Service Loan Forgiveness (tax-free forgiveness you earn by working at a wide range of qualifying public service jobs for ten years!) please attend Equal Justice Works’ free webinar, Drowning in Debt! What Law Students & Lawyers Need to Know About Managing Student Debt & Earning Loan Forgiveness, on Wednesday, August 27 from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT. If you register but cannot attend, you will receive a recording of the webinar you can view anytime.

Click here to register online.

August 31: Thurston County Young Lawyers Division BBQ (and the WA Legal Community)

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Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014
12:00 – Night (Tugboat races begin at noon. Grill will be hot all day.)
Jim Laukkonen and Holly Scott’s house, 1703 24th Ave. SW, Olympia, WA

The whole legal community is invited, from Bench to Bar, clerks and students, from Thurston to Snohomish!  It will be a great opportunity to network, drum up volunteers for your organization, or just relax and get to know some truly quality people!

 

September 9: Combating Debtors’ Prisons CLE

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Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
12:00 – 1:00 PM
ACLU of Washington Offices, Seattle

In Washington and around the country, nearly every person convicted of a crime receives a bill for legal financial obligations (LFOs) at sentencing.  These include fees, fines, costs, and restitution imposed by a court on top of a criminal sentence.  This court-imposed debt presents a formidable barrier to successful re-entry to society, pushing people deeper into poverty and prolonging their involvement with the criminal justice system.  In some jurisdictions, people are being thrown in jail because they are too poor to pay LFOs.  The ACLU and allies around the country are fighting the rise of modern day debtors prisons through litigation and advocacy.

Please join the ACLU’s Vanessa Hernandez for a lunchtime, brown bag CLE on the issues raised by modern day debtors’ prisons. Vanessa Hernandez will be joined via teleconference by ACLU national staff attorney with the Racial Justice Program, Nusrat J. Choudhury and they will discuss the rise of problematic systems for imposing and collecting LFOs and the litigation and advocacy strategies being used nationwide to combat the growth of debtors’ prisons.

This CLE has been approved for 1 general CLE credit (WSBA Seminar #376761) and there is a $5 registration fee.

To register, please click here.

AG Takes Action to Support Legal Representation for Children in Deportation Proceedings

Attorney General Takes Action to Support Legal Representation for Children in Deportation Hearings

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Attorney General Bob Ferguson yesterday asked the U.S. District Court in Seattle, Wash. for permission to file an amicus, or “friend of the court,” brief in the J.E.F.M. v. Holder lawsuit. Ferguson believes that unaccompanied immigrant children — children under the age of 18 who are not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when they are apprehended in the United States — should not be forced to represent themselves in complex deportation hearings in which the child’s future is at stake.

This class-action lawsuit was filed on July 9, 2014 on behalf of thousands of children, challenging the federal government’s failure to ensure they have legal representation as it carries out deportation hearings against them. For the most part, these children are fleeing to escape violence and crime back in their home countries. A majority of the children are coming from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.

Washington state is not a party to the lawsuit. Ferguson seeks to file a friend of the court brief because Washington has a significant interest in assuring that the unaccompanied immigrant children residing in our state receive full and fair hearings.

Continue reading here.

Still Looking for a Job? Check Out These New Positions!

Attention Recent Grads! Northwest Justice Project Hosting Employment Opportunity Legal Corps Fellow, Due 8/22

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The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is hosting an Employment Opportunity Legal Corps (EOLC) Fellow sponsored by Equal Justice Works and the Corporation for National and Community Service/AmeriCorps. The EOLC Fellow will focus on removing legal barriers to employment facing economically disadvantaged individuals, including but not limited to, legal assistance with vacating/sealing eligible criminal records, revocation/denial of occupational licenses, and driver’s license suspensions.

The EOLC Fellowship will target low-income and economically disadvantaged communities in Southwest Washington, including Grays Harbor, Pacific, and Lewis Counties. The AmeriCorps Fellow will be a full-time attorney based in NJP’s Aberdeen, Washington office. The attorney selected for the Fellowship will work closely with NJP’s Coordinated Legal Education, Advice and Referral system (CLEAR), NJP field offices serving the region, and will also work in collaboration with local social service providers and Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council to identify and target barriers to employment in the service area.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Public Citizen Litigation Group Offering Summer Clerkship

public citizenPublic Citizen Litigation Group, a public interest law firm in Washington, DC, is seeking two summer law clerks for the summer of 2015. The Litigation Group is a division of Public Citizen, a research, lobbying, and public advocacy organization founded in 1971. Our areas of practice include federal health and safety regulation, access-to-courts issues, consumer litigation, open government, and the First Amendment. We litigate cases at all levels of the federal and state judiciaries. Litigation Group lawyers have argued 63 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Summer law clerks do research and write legal memoranda for use in current Litigation Group cases, under the supervision of the Group’s staff lawyers. When possible, we provide summer clerks with an opportunity to draft actual litigation documents (such as briefs or complaints). Law clerks are also encouraged to participate in moot courts, observe court and congressional hearings, and attend meetings with clients.

For a complete description and application instructions, click here.

Washington State Board of Health Seeking Health Policy Advisor, Due 8/24

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There is one (1) opening for a permanent full-time Health Services Consultant 4 within the Washington State Board of Health.  This position is part of a team of dedicated and enthusiastic public health professionals that supports the Board.  The incumbent will be a Department of Health employee on loan to the Board.

The Board’s mission is to provide statewide leadership in advancing policies that protect and improve the public’s health. It does this by reviewing and monitoring the health status of all people in Washington; analyzing policies, providing guidance, and developing rules; promoting system partnerships; and encouraging public engagement in the public health system.

This position is citical to all those activities, particularly as they relate to environmental health and communicable disease control. It coordinates rule writing, tracks health status, analyzes policies, supports efforts to gather public input, and helps forge and maintain system partnerships.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention Post Grads with 3-5 Years’ Experience! Farmworker Justice Seeking Health Policy Attorney in Washington, DC

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Farmworker Justice is a national organization based in Washington, D.C. that empowers migrant and seasonal farmworkers to improve their wages, working conditions, immigration status, health, occupational safety, and access to justice. FJ engages in advocacy and policy analysis, litigation, education and training, and coalition building, and has a respected national reputation for its high-quality, dedicated, and innovative service to farmworkers.

The Health Policy Attorney is responsible for analyzing federal and state law and policy affecting farmworkers’ health and safety and access to healthcare, and representing farmworkers and their families in administrative agencies. The Health Policy Attorney supports FJ’s legal team in litigation and legislative advocacy efforts to ensure healthy and secure living and working conditions for workers and their families. The Health Policy Attorney disseminates policy analyses through written and oral presentations, including reports and policy briefs, website and blog postings, and conference and webinar presentations. The Attorney also provides legal and technical assistance to farmworkers, farmworker organizations, legal advocates and healthcare providers. This position reports to FJ’s Director of Occupational and Environmental Health and collaborates closely with other FJ staff. The position is in Washington, D.C.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

ACLU of Washington Seeking Technology and Liberty Director

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The ACLU of Washington invites applications for the full-time position of Technology and Liberty Director to lead its work at the intersection of civil liberties and technology.  The Technology and Liberty Director identifies and addresses civil liberties issues arising from the use and development of new technologies.  The position works closely with senior legal, legislative, and communications staff and has significant interaction with its national ACLU counterparts.  The position reports to the Executive Director through the Deputy Director.

The ACLU-WA’s staff of 30+ employees and numerous volunteers work in a fast-paced, friendly and professional office in downtown Seattle.  The ACLU-WA is a leader in state-level policy advocacy on privacy, free speech and access issues.  It has participated in law reform and policy advocacy related to geo-location devices, RFID, data aggregation, surveillance, and online free speech.  The ACLU-WA is among the top affiliates of the national ACLU network.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Department of Health & Human Services Offering Two New Positions

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The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is the legal team for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), providing quality representation and legal advice in a wide range of highly visible national issues. OGC supports the development and implementation of the Department’s programs by providing the highest quality legal services to the Secretary of HHS and the organization’s various agencies and divisions.

General Attorney Claims & Employment Law Branch

This is a General Attorney position for the Claims and Employment Law Branch in the General Law Division. The Office is seeking an attorney with experience in federal employment and labor law. The incumbent will litigate cases before the MSPB, EEOC, FLRA and arbitrators. Other duties will include providing litigation support to U.S. Attorney Offices when cases are appealed into federal court and preparing legal opinion on all aspects of federal employment and labor law matters.

For a complete job description and application instructions click here or check out the posting on Symplicity.

General Attorney Information Law Team

This is a General Attorney position for the Information Law Team in the General Law Division. The incumbent will provide advice on the use, disclosure, protection of federal information for the entire Department. Specifically, the Team advises HHS agencies and offices regarding the Freedom of Information Act, the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Privacy Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Federal Information Systems Management Act, the Federal Records Act, as well as other administrative law topics, including the Administrative Procedures Act, the Congressional Review Act, and policies and regulations relating to the use of HHS logos and seals, delegations, and statements of organization. The Team also provides substantial assistance to the Department of Justice in information law-related Federal court litigations.

For a complete job description and application instructions click here or check out the posting on Symplicity.