US Government, Department of Agriculture
The incumbent serves as Supervisory Attorney for eDiscovery and supervises and manages the USDA eDiscovery team housed in the Office of the General Counsel. Works under the direct supervision of the Deputy General Counsel. Provides legal services to USDA agencies administering programs.
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Job Grade: 15
Total Openings: 1
Manages and supervises all program and supervisory responsibilities for eDiscovery programs and litigation support services. Assigns projects, adjusts workloads, and provides feedback on staff performance and work products.
Exercise strong interpersonal skills through advising, coordinating, and training both OGC and USDA non-OGC staffs on the legal and technical requirements of applicable eDiscovery and investigatory practices.
Work with other stakeholders to implement and promote an improved, integrated approach to eDiscovery programs that encompasses best practices and technology-based tools to handle the processing of electronic evidence.
Conduct and/or supervise legal research and writing; draft and/or review legislation, regulations, and other documents of legal significance; as a reviewer, provide clear and accurate feedback to drafters.
Performs all supervisory requirements with consideration to the principles of equal employment opportunity and merit promotion. Maintain high standards of professional ethics and behavior.
Furnish legal guidance and technical support on eDiscovery issues to attorneys and staff throughout litigation, and makes recommendations concerning the scope, feasibility, and costs associated with proposed discovery and litigation plans.
For consideration, applicants must meet the minimum qualifications for attorney positions: Successful completion of a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the America Bar Association (ABA) and have the first professional law degree (J.D. or equivalent degree) (Law School transcript required); AND Currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE Applicants should have demonstrated specialized experience in legal research, excellent writing and communication skills, eDiscovery, and a strong academic record. This experience should be clearly documented in the cover letter and resume. GS-15: One year of specialized experience, equivalent to the (GS-14) level in the Federal service or equivalent responsibility in the private sector/pay systems that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies to successfully perform as a Supervisory General Attorney. Examples of such experience include: Experience in handling all aspects of eDiscovery, including the legal, technical, and operational considerations that apply to managing electronic evidence throughout civil litigation and investigations. Other relevant experience includes: legal research and writing, providing informal legal advice, reviewing regulations and statutes, defensive litigation, and providing EEO training and other relevant training. Experience in planning and assigning priorities and assignments to further develop knowledge of complex subject-matter areas. Working independently to determine strategies, recommendations for clients, workflows, methodologies, and goals for most assignments and complex litigation. Completing assignments to meet management requirements and organizational objectives. Leading legal teams or supervising legal staff. Experience developing and updating eDiscovery guidance based upon interpretations of rules, regulations, and case law regarding electronic discovery and information management. Knowledge of current state-of-the-art eDiscovery tools and services used throughout the industry and makes recommendations for the acquisition and application of these tools or services in support of the litigation and investigations. Experience conducting on-going evaluation of eDiscovery programs, services, and tools to ensure that available resources are utilized to produce maximum benefits for the Agency. Recommends personnel actions including new hires and awards, resolves serious complaints, and makes decisions on unusual or controversial training requests. NOTE: This experience must be demonstrated on your resume/supporting documents. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.