Attorney Adviser

US Government, Department of Justice

The Civil Rights Division’s Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) responds to FOIA/PA requests and is responsible for providing legal advice to CRT leadership and managers; coordinating with other DOJ offices and other federal agencies, regarding disclosure of records; and ensuring that all FOIA/PA requests are processed efficiently and consistent with applicable policies, laws, and regulations. OCC also represents CRT in connection with Congressional, GAO and OIG oversight audits and investigations.

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Job Grade: 15
Total Openings: 1


The Civil Rights Division (Division) is seeking an Attorney Adviser for the OCC to handle primarily FOIA/PA matters, including those in civil litigation, and Congressional/GAO/OIG oversight audits and investigations. The Attorney Adviser may also work on eDiscovery matters. As an Attorney Adviser, you will: Review FOIA/PA requests, including those related to sensitive and high-profile matters, providing advice regarding search parameters and applicable privileges, and working with the FOIA/PA administrative staff to review, redact and produce documents. Work with the Civil Division, United States Attorney’s Offices and other DOJ components on FOIA/PA-related federal court litigation, including assisting in drafting affidavits, privilege indices, motions and briefs. Serve as an audit liaison, working with CRT leadership, CRT’s enforcement section managers and subject matter experts, other offices/components within DOJ and other agencies, to respond to oversight audits and investigations, including collecting relevant information, reviewing for applicable privileges, negotiating with requesters regarding scope, drafting responses to data/document requests and letters to Congress, and representing CRT/DOJ on calls and in meetings with GAO and OIG. Stay abreast of FOIA/PA, oversight and eDiscovery policy, laws, rules and regulations. Assist Chief Counsel and FOIA/PA Chief with other duties as assigned. You may also work with other Division staff to advise on eDiscovery issues arising in affirmative and defensive litigation. ***This announcement has been amended to extend the closing date from March 13, 2023.


Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. from an American Bar Association accredited law school, been an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction), and possess a minimum of five (5) years of post-professional law degree experience. Applicants also must have strong, demonstrated qualifications in the following areas: academic achievement; significant substantive knowledge and expertise in FOIA/PA policy, laws, rules and regulations; experience coordinating with governmental offices and requesters regarding FOIA/PA requests; civil litigation experience; written and oral communication skills; the ability to analyze complex issues; skill and experience working collaboratively and productively with others; organizational skills; professional judgment; initiative; and the ability to excel in a fast-paced, demanding environment. In addition, applicants must have outstanding professional references. Preferred Qualifications: Experience with FOIA/PA litigation; working knowledge of FoiaXpress and Relativity; experience with Congressional, GAO, OIG or other oversight audits or investigations; experience with eDiscovery. Judicial clerkships (especially in federal court), law review, moot court, clinical experience, and skill and experience working cooperatively and productively with a range of people, such as charging parties, witnesses, respondents, disadvantaged or disenfranchised groups, opposing counsel, judicial or administrative officials, advocacy groups, law enforcement personnel, and the staff of other federal or state governmental agencies are also preferred.

Job Requirements:

Must be a U.S. Citizen or National All male applicants born after 12/31/1959 must have registered for the selective service. If selected, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law. You may be required to complete a pre-employment security screening to initiate your background investigation, which includes a drug screening. Continued employment is contingent upon successful completion and adjudication of your investigation. You must have a JD degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state or territory of the United States, the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. DOJ uses E-Verify, an internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, by visiting You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

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