Job Opening - Litigator


Type of Position: Attorneys in the Appellate Section have a significant amount of responsibility and work in a collegial environment with experienced litigators. The work of the civil appellate attorney includes preparing briefs and presenting oral arguments in the United States Courts of Appeals and the various state appellate courts when an appeal is taken from a decision of the Court of Federal Claims, a state trial court, a United States district court, or the United States Tax Court. Civil appellate attorneys review adverse decisions from these courts and prepare recommendations to the Office of the Solicitor General about whether the government should appeal. Attorneys in the Appellate Section also assist the Office of the Solicitor General in preparing briefs in the United States Supreme Court.

Qualifications and Experience: Applicants should have a strong interest in federal litigation and/or appellate work, strong writing and oral-advocacy skills and an exceptional academic background. The work of the Appellate Section requires the application of analytical, legal research, and writing skills to complex and significant issues. Persuasiveness, judgment, and a collaborative orientation are also highly valued. A background in tax law is helpful, but not required.

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, and must be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any state or territory of the United States or of the District of Columbia. Active bar membership (any jurisdiction) is required. United States citizenship is required.

The Tax Division anticipates hiring several civil appellate litigators with varying levels of experience. Applicants must have at least three (3) years of full-time post-J.D. legal experience.

Application Procedures: Applications must include a cover letter, resume, law school and any advanced degree transcripts, a list of three professional references, a writing sample and a completed assessment questionnaire. The cover letter should specifically address your qualifications for the position and your interest in the Tax Division. Failure to include all required documents may affect consideration of your application.

Applicants who are eligible for veterans' preference or consideration under a special hiring authority (such as programs for individuals with disabilities) must submit appropriate documentation demonstrating eligibility. Please see the description of required documentation in the application section at

Department of Justice attorneys eligible for priority consideration under the Department's Reemployment Priority List Program must include notice to the Division of their eligibility in their application package.

The Application Package but must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on April 28, 2014.

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