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Staff Attorney – Office of the Senate Legislative Counsel

Job Title: Staff Attorney
Department: Legislative Branch
Agency: Legislative Branch – Agency Wide
Hiring Organization: Office of the Senate Legislative Counsel
Job Announcement Number: SLC-ATT-10-10-14
SALARY RANGE:
$75,000.00 to $75,000.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD:
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 to Friday, October 10, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:
AD-0905-12
POSITION INFORMATION:
Full Time – Permanent
PROMOTION POTENTIAL:
15
DUTY LOCATIONS:
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC
WHO MAY APPLY:
United States Citizens
SECURITY CLEARANCE:
Not Applicable
SUPERVISORY STATUS:
No
JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

Staff Attorneys prepare legislation for consideration by the United States Senate. Their work engages them in all areas of Federal law. Their clients include Senators, Senate committees and offices, and staff members of Senators and Senate committees and offices. This position is nonpartisan and nonpolitical and is filled on the basis of demonstrated academic achievement, writing ability, and a personal interview. A Staff Attorney works with 3 to 6 other attorneys under the supervision of a more senior attorney who in turn reports to the Legislative Counsel. The position of Staff Attorney is full-time and at times requires substantial overtime.
TRAVEL REQUIRED

Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

See “Qualifications Required”.

DUTIES:

Responsibilities of the Staff Attorney include the following:

(1) Drafting bills, resolutions, conference reports, and amendments for Senators and committees and offices of the Senate.
(2) Analyzing proposed legislation for legal sufficiency and constitutionality.
(3) Researching the law and its development in relation to a proposal being analyzed or drafted.
(4) Working closely with Senate staff and coworkers to analyze proposed policy and its implications and produce professional quality draft legislation.
(5) Using legal research databases and editing draft legislation using the Office drafting software.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

The Office is seeking applicants with the following qualities:
(1) Enrollment in, or graduation from, a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
(2) A record of academic excellence, evidenced by ranking in the upper third of the applicant’s law school class.
(3) An ability to write clearly and concisely.
(4) No substantial participation with any political party or cause.
(5) A belief that public service can be interesting and challenging.

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS:

See below.

EDUCATION:

A Staff Attorney must be a graduate of an accredited law school and a member in good standing of the bar of a State or become a member within 1 year after joining the Office.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

This position is nonpartisan and nonpolitical and is filled on the basis of demonstrated academic achievement, writing ability, and a personal interview.
BENEFITS:

You can review our benefits at: https://www.avuecentral.com/casting/aiportal/control/viewVacancyStatement?referenceCode=FVWGN&statement=BENEFITS
You will earn annual vacation leave and health leave.

You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program.

New employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). If you are transferring from another agency and covered by CSRS, you may continue in this program.

Tuition reimbursion for a portion of your Federally insured student loan and public transit subsidies may be available.

OTHER INFORMATION:

The materials you send with your application will not be returned.

You must submit all required information by the closing date. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible.

HOW TO APPLY:

Applications may be emailed or mailed to the Office.

Emailed applications must be submitted to recruiting@slc.senate.gov by the closing date. All required documents must be in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) form. Applications submitted in any other format will not be reviewed.

Mailed applications must be postmarked by the closing date and should be addressed to:
U.S. Senate Office of the Legislative Counsel
Attn: Recruitment Committee
SD-668
Washington, DC 20510-7275

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:
Please submit the following documents to apply for this position:

– A cover letter.

– A current resume that includes all experience, education, training, outside activities, and other information relative to the position.

– An official or unofficial transcript of your law school grades.

– A legal writing sample of 10 pages or less that is written solely by yourself and not published under the name of any other person.

Your cover letter or resume should clearly provide your law school class rank or estimated class standing, or any information regarding class standing that your law school provides. If your law school does not provide any information on class standing, please state that in your cover letter. If your application does not provide any information on this topic, we will presume that you are not in the top third of your law school class.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:
Recruiting Chair
Phone: 2022246461
Email: recruiting@slc.senate.gov
Agency Information:
United States Senate Office of the Legislative Counsel
SD-668
Washington, Dist of Columbia
20510-7275
US
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
Once your completed application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the Recruitment Committee for further consideration and possible interview.

**Only applicants chosen to be interviewed will be notified of the outcome.**

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