In addition to its headquarters in Washington, D.C., OPLA has more than 60 offices in 25 field offices across the United States. Across all locations, OPLA fosters an environment where all voices are valued and welcomes the unique perspectives and opinions that exist within a talented, diverse and inclusive workforce. With a much more diverse workforce than its peers in the private sector, OPLA prides itself on further diversifying the experiences, perspectives and characteristics of its workforce, and is committed to celebrating our differences and adopting practices that promote a fair, safe and inclusive workplace by promoting equal access to opportunity. Effective immediately and until further notice, the United States The Office of the General Counsel of the Department of Homeland Security does not accept service of personal process for actions against the Department or its staff in its official capacity due to the shortage of field personnel caused by COVID-19 circumstances. The following procedures do not modify the requirements of Rule 4(i)(3) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure with respect to service on an individual public servant or employee, and shall not be used to any extent to attempt to serve on a divisional officer or an individual employee prosecuted, to be perfected. – Legal advice and assistance for other ICE components and litigation support for U.S. immigration and/or customs attorneys. The position also includes appellate representation before the Immigration Appeals Board, including the preparation of briefs and other briefs. The Office of the Chief Legal Counsel (OPLA) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), is seeking highly qualified articling students for the Office of the Chief Counsel in Seattle. Currently, there are opportunities in the Seattle and Tacoma offices. To apply for this position, you must complete the apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11404214 Professional Interview Form and submit the required documents listed in the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section below. The complete initial application must be submitted by 23:59 (EST) on 03.01.2023 to be considered.
To start the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the instructions to complete the career questionnaire. Make sure to click the Send My Replies button at the end of the process. It is your responsibility to ensure that your responses and related documentation are submitted by the closing date. NOTE: To check the status of your application or revert to a previous or incomplete application, log in to your USAJOBS account, select Application Status and click the Learn More link under the application status for this position. Applications and supporting documents will not be accepted by post or e-mail. If you require further assistance, please contact the OPLA representative listed in this notice. Vaccination: As required by Executive Order 14043, federal employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, regardless of their workplace or work pattern (p. e.g., telework, remote work), subject to exceptions required by law.
If you are selected, you must be vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to integration and provide documentation proving your full vaccination status. Full vaccination status will be reached 2 weeks after your last vaccination. Individuals who wish to apply for a legal medical or religious exemption from this vaccination requirement will have the opportunity to do so after selecting and receiving a temporary job offer. Due to COVID-19, the component is currently in an extended telework position. Therefore, if this option is selected, you may need to work from home temporarily. Are you a current or former Political Employee of Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-Career ESS or appointed by the President? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50 along with a statement that includes the following information about your most recent political appointment: job title, type of appointment (Schedule A, Appendix C, non-career OS or presidential appointment), agency, and appointment start and end dates. As an ILDM 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 duties of the position are mainly to: – prepare witnesses for trial; conducting direct examinations and cross-examinations; oral statements on the evolution of ICE`s legal situation; negotiating cases with opposing counsel; and advise Chief Counsel and/or Deputy Chief Counsel in matters that may warrant a deferral or other exercise of prosecutorial discretion The Office of the Chief Legal Counsel (OPLA) is DHS`s largest legal program with more than 1,300 lawyers and nearly 300 support staff with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Under this Act, OPLA acts as DHS`s exclusive representative in immigration deportation proceedings before the Executive Board for Immigration Review and litigates all deportation cases, including those against criminal non-citizens, terrorists, and human rights violators. OPLA provides legal advice on immigration and customs matters to the various operational components of ICE and other government agencies. OPLA`s 26 Chief Counsel Offices also represent DHS in referral proceedings before the Executive Office for Immigration Review within the Department of Justice.
Law students interested in immigration and customs enforcement or any of the other areas described are encouraged to apply to this program. An articling student from the Faculty of Law acts as a legal assistant for ICE lawyers within the firm. Depending on the team or office and their workload, interns may research and draft legal notes, requests and appeals. drafting and reviewing draft regulations, legislation and guidelines in the field; Representation of ICE in deportation proceedings before the Immigration Court; provide evidence of the situation in the country; and assistance in the detection of federal disputes.