The Office of the Chief Legal Counsel (OCC) was established pursuant to Section 451 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide specialized legal advice, expert advice, findings, regulations, and other assistance to the Director of USCIS as an integrated legal program of the DHS Office of the General Counsel. Candidates can apply through the USA Jobs website or by emailing OPLA`s Atlanta office. Email applications must include a cover letter, a recent resume, a legal writing sample, proof of current and active lawyer membership, and a copy of the applicant`s law school transcript (if the degree is less than 5 years old). – Prepare cases for trial by conducting legal research; Preparation of pleadings, motions, factums, dispositions, affidavits and other legal documents The Office of the Chief Counsel includes the following legal services: As an ILDG lawyer, you are responsible for providing comprehensive legal advice on all matters relating to the collection, use, retention and disclosure of agency information. ILDG advises and assists ICE program offices and other OPLA departments in complying with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Privacy Act of 1974, the Electronic Administration Act of 2002, the Federal Archives Act of 1950, and the Red Tape Reduction Act of 1995. The responsibilities of the position are mainly to: OPLA also provides a full range of legal services to ICE programs and offices, including legal and supervisory advice to ICE employees regarding their customs, criminal law enforcement and immigration agencies, Freedom of Information Act and Data Protection Act, ethics, liability under the Federal Tort Claims Act and a range of administrative matters such as contracts, tax and labour law. OPLA represents the Agency before the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Board of Contract Appeals. OPLA attorneys provide critical assistance to the Department of Justice in pursuing ICE cases and defending ICE authorities in federal courts. Interested candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, law school transcript, writing sample (no more than 10 pages) and contact information for three references. OPLA checks many elements of a candidate`s background before making selection. This may include academic achievement, legal examination or review experience, moot court, legal aid and clinical experience, specialized university education (including undergraduate and postgraduate degrees), work experience, and extracurricular activities. An interview may be required. Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the next deadline at the time of receipt of the application.

Law Enforcement and Litigation (E&L): Through close client involvement and specialized legal advice, E&L pursues ICE`s homeland security and public safety mission by enforcing our nation`s immigration, customs, and penalties laws and policies, defending operational authorities and decisions of ICE agents and agents in federal courts, and representing interests. AIC lawyers before immigration courts and the AIC Board of Directors. Immigration appeals. with a particular focus on cases of criminal aliens, human rights violators and foreigners who threaten our national security. Learn more about E&L The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appeals to those who want to help protect American interests and secure our nation. DHS components work together to prevent terrorism; the security of borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; Immigration law enforcement and administration, cyberspace protection; and ensuring disaster resilience. We accomplish these important tasks with a diverse workforce in hundreds of professions. Make a difference; Join DHS. The mission of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is to protect America from transnational crime and illegal immigration that threaten national security and public safety. ICE focuses on smart immigration law enforcement, preventing terrorism, and combating the illegal movement of people and goods. ICE is DHS`s primary investigative body and the second largest investigative body in the federal government.

Founded in 2003, by merging the domestic investigative and enforcement elements of the United States. The Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service, ICE has more than 20,000 employees in more than 400 offices in the United States and around the world. ICE is a key component of DHS`s multi-layered approach to protecting our country from various threats. For more information about ICE and career opportunities, see E-Verify: DHS uses E-Verify to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and obligations. Promotion Potential: This position has the potential for promotion to GS-15. If promotional potential is demonstrated, the Agency makes no commitment and has no obligation to provide you with future promotions if you are selected. Future promotions depend on your ability to perform tasks at a higher level, the continued need for an employee assigned to the next level, and administrative approval. Direct payment: All federal employees are required to have their federal salary paid by direct deposit. Veteran`s preference: There is no formal rating system to apply Veterans` preference to exempt legal officer appointments; However, OPLA views preferential eligibility of veterans as a positive factor in hiring lawyers. For more information, see Required documents.

Financial disclosure: If you are hired, you may be required to complete a confidential financial disclosure report (GGO Form 450) within 30 days of your appointment. Eligibility: If you receive a conditional offer of employment, you must complete optional Form 306, Federal Declaration of Employment before accepting employment, and sign and certify the accuracy of all information contained in your application. False information about part of the application can lead to withdrawal of the job offer, dismissal after the start of work, a fine or imprisonment. Background Investigation: DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet these standards, all selected candidates must undergo a Secret background check as a condition of placement in this position and successfully maintain it. This may include a credit check, a review of financial matters such as late payments, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain crimes and illegal drug use or possession.