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Entry Level Attorney

Company: U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Location: Poway
Posted on: November 15, 2022

Job Description:

Full time
Travel: occasional
1 vacancy
Telework: yes, as determined by agency policy
Location: - Yuma, AZ
Salary: - $66,214 to $144,976

Duties and Responsibilities
This General Attorney position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Chief Counsel, Office of Assistant Chief Counsel, located in Yuma, AZ. -
Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is one of the world's largest law enforcement organizations and is charged with keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. while facilitating lawful international travel and trade. - CBP takes a comprehensive approach to border management and control, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection into one coordinated and supportive activity. -
The starting salary of this General Attorney position is $66,214 (GS-11, Step 1) to $144,976 (GS-14, Step 10) with promotion potential to $144,976 (GS-14, Step 10).
In this position, you will become a key member of the legal team for The Office of The Chief Counsel. -
Typical work assignments include:
Providing legal advice to, and legal representation of, CBP officers in matters relating to the activities and functions of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in passenger, cargo, seaport, and mail environment;
Performing legal research into laws, regulations, decisions, and other precedents bearing on issues involving CBP including customs and admissibility laws, and federal employment law;
Representing CBP in various third-party administrative hearings involving matters such as employee discipline and adverse actions, arbitrations concerning the Collective ?Bargaining Agreement, EEO discrimination complaints, Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) appeals;
Assisting the Department of Justice in civil actions involving CBP by preparing litigation reports, affidavits, and other pleadings, and participating in discovery, motion drafting, settlement discussions, and providing litigation support; and
Advocating for claims filed on behalf of the government and providing legal opinions and advice concerning resolution of claims against the government arising out of CBP operations.
Applicant must be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be an active 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.

The General Schedule grade level (GS- 11 through 14) that you will be eligible for and your potential starting salary will be based upon your education AND your quality and length of your attorney experience.

Specialized Education: Recent law school graduates may be appointed to attorney positions at the GS-11 level with the following additional qualifications: rank in the top 1/3 of graduating class; participation on the school's official Law Review; membership in the Order of the Coif; or winning of a moot court competition. An interim appointment of 14 months may be made pending the selectee's admission to the bar. Selectee will be required to provide admittance and standing to the Bar and must provide a copy of their official law school transcript.

You must meet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage of the application process by November 16, 2022.
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position.
There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by CBP. Individuals are required to have physically resided in the United States or its protectorates (as declared under international law) for at least three of the last five years. -

Applicants will be rated based on their education, experience, demonstrated legal research and writing abilities, and performance during the interview process, which may include personal interview(s) and a writing exercise. - Please see How to Apply section for additional information and the link to the official Job Opportunity Announcement.

How to Apply
?Click this site's APPLY link to access the official Job Opportunity Announcement (JOA) for this General Attorney position in Yuma, AZ . - The JOA will be found on USAJobs.gov, the Federal Government's official employment site. At that site you will be able to learn about what documents you will need to submit and exactly how to submit your application package electronically, which will include:
Cover letter: Your application package must include a cover letter expressing your interest in this position. Please do not exceed two pages. Application packages received without a cover letter will not be given consideration.
Resume: Resume includes announcement number, veteran's preference, your full name, address, phone number and the last four digits of your Social Security Number and a detailed description of your experience, education, training and self-development and the dates you performed them (MM/DD/YY), as well as your work schedule and salary. -
Transcripts: From an ABA approved law school or equivalent is required. Education must be from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. -
Writing Sample: A writing sample is required as part of the application package and may not exceed five pages.
The closing date for this employment opportunity is November 16, 2022.

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