OPLA Denver General Attorney (Assistant Chief Counsel)
US Dept of Homeland Security - ICE Office of the Principal Legal Advisor
Location: Denver, Colorado
Type: Full Time
Salary: GS 11-14
To qualify for the GS-11: You must be a graduate from an accredited law school and be an active member in good standing.
To qualify for the GS-12: You must be a graduate from an accredited law school, be an active member in good standing and have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level.
To qualify for the GS-13: You must be a graduate from an accredited law school, be an active member in good standing and have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level.
To qualify for the GS-14: You must be a graduate from an accredited law school, be an active member in good standing and have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level.
Locality pay adjustment available for Denver, Colorado.
2 openings available.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: 692383100
Opportunities are available in Denver, Colorado and West Valley City, Utah.
As a General Attorney (Assistant Chief Counsel), you will perform the following duties:
Represent the United States Government in removal proceedings before Immigration Judges, frequently involving applicants for asylum or for other forms of relief under immigration laws;
Provide expert legal counsel in the interpretation of highly complex immigration and customs laws including comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of statutory, regulatory and case authorities;
Prepare cases for trial by conducting legal research; preparing pleadings, motions, briefs, stipulations, affidavits, and other legal documents;
Prepare witnesses for trial; conducting direct examination and cross examination; presenting oral arguments advancing ICE's legal position; negotiating the disposition of cases with opposing counsel; and advising the Chief Counsel and/or Deputy Chief Counsel on cases potentially warranting deferred action or other exercise of prosecutorial discretion;
Construct litigation reports for U.S. Attorneys' Offices on civil matters pending in the federal courts involving ICE, and serves as liaison between DOJ's Office of lmmigration Litigation and the local ERO office on immigration matters pending in the Circuit Courts of Appeals;
Provide legal advice and support to the other ICE components and litigation support to United States Attorney's Offices in immigration and/or customs matters. The position also involves appellate advocacy before the Board of Immigration Appeals, including the preparation of briefs and other pleadings.
You must successfully pass a background investigation and drug screen for federal employment.
If you are a male born after 12/31/59, you must certify registration with the Selective Service.
You must have relevant experience (see How You Will Be Evaluated and Qualifications tabs in job posting).
You must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
You may be required to serve a two-year trial period, if the requirement has not been met.
You must be an active member in good standing of the bar of a U.S. state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
About US Dept of Homeland Security - ICE Office of the Principal Legal Advisor
OPLA is the largest legal program in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), employing over 1,000 attorneys nationwide. In addition to Headquarters in Washington, D.C., there are 25 OPLA field locations in more than 60 cities throughout the United States. Pursuant to statute, OPLA serves as the exclusive representative of DHS in removal proceedings before the Executive Office for Immigration Review litigating cases involving criminal aliens, terrorists, human rights abusers, and other priority aliens. OPLA also provides a full range of legal services to all ICE programs and offices.
OPLA provides legal advice and prudential counsel to ICE personnel on their law enforcement authorities, legal liability under the Federal Tort Claims Act and Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of Fed. Bureau of Narcotics, 403 U.S. 388 (1971), the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act, ethics, and a range of administrative law issues, such as contract, fiscal and employment law. OPLA represents the agency before the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Contract Board of Appeals. OPLA attorneys support the Department of Justice in the prosecution... of ICE cases and in the defense of civil cases against the ICE.
OPLA fosters an environment in which all voices are heard and values the unique perspectives and opinions that inhere among a talented, diverse, and inclusive workforce. Comprising a far more diverse workforce than its private sector counterparts, OPLA is proud to strive to further diversify the experiences, perspectives, and characteristics of its workforce and is committed to celebrating our differences and embracing practices that foster a fair, safe, and inclusive workplace by promoting equitable access to opportunities.