Friday, January 11, 2013

Position for Junior Attorney/Jan 11, 2013 Application Deadline: Interior Department, Office of Solicitor, Division of Land and Water Resources (Washington, DC)

Happy new year.  For no good reason, I found myself directed to the USAJobs website (while looking at something else) and the available attorney positions there.  This item piqued my interest. (One lesson from this - if you are looking for a law job, surf the USAJobs website often.).  Note the super-short application time window - January 7 - January 11, 2013 (tomorrow/today, depending which time zone you are in).

The position is in the Solicitor's Office of the Interior Department, with job assignment in the Land and Water Resources Division, focusing on CERCLA/Superfund compliance work. The position apparently is suitable for a new/junior attorney and would start at GS-12.

One other thing - for those unfamiliar with the structure of the Interior Department, the Office of the Solicitor (currently Hilary Tompkins) is the equivalent to the General Counsel's Office in other federal agencies.

Here's a link to the full USAJobs announcement:

Job Title:Attorney - Advisor, GS-0905-12/13/14
Department:Department Of The Interior
Agency:Office of the Solicitor
Job Announcement Number:SOL-2013-0014


$74,872.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year


Monday, January 07, 2013 to Friday, January 11, 2013




Excepted Appointment Not-to-Exceed 2 Years, - Full-Time



As an Attorney-Advisor with the Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Division of Land and Water Resources, Branch of Environmental Compliance and Response, your specific duties will include:
  • Provides legal services on all aspects of enforcement of and compliance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).
  • Counsels clients with respect to agency implementation of CERCLA response action.
  • Interprets and applies applicable statutes, regulations, and policies to support legally defensible decision-making; articulates legal reasoning to support those decisions orally and in writing.
  • Represents the Department of the Interior in negotiations and proceedings related to its actions in taking CERCLA response and enforcement action; and provides litigation support to the Department of Justice on these matters.

Basic Qualification Requirements

Applicants must be law school graduates with LL.B. or J.D. degrees AND be admitted to the Bar.

Applicants must also meet one of the following:

--possess at least 1-year of professional legal experience following law school graduation; OR

--have a second professional law degree; OR

--meet any of the criteria indicated below:

(a) academic standing in top one-third of law school graduating class;

(b) graduation with academic honors;

(c) significant participation on the law school’s law review;

(d) significant participation in the law school’s moot court competition;

(e) significant participation in a clinical legal aid program;

(f) significant summer law office clerk experience; or

(g) other equivalent evidence of clearly superior achievement.


In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirements described above, applicants must also have the following additional years of professional legal experience for the grade level indicated:

--GS-12 = 1 year

--GS-13 = 2 years

--GS-14 = 3 ½ years

Applicants must be an active member of a bar, in good standing, of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar. Selectee will be required to provide proof of bar membership during the pre-employment process.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.

Applicants must be law school graduates with LL.B. or J.D. degrees. You are not required to submit transcripts at this time. Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:


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