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Attorney Advisor

Job Type: Full time
Company/Firm: U.S. International Trade Commission
Location: Washington, DC
Date posted: 03/17/10
Salary: From $74,872 to $136,771
Job Description:

This position is located in the Office of Administrative Law Judges.

The ideal candidate should posses experience in litigation techniques, and the law of intellectual property and unfair competition (especially patent law), and a record of superior achievement in legal education.

The USITC is an independent Federal agency that adjudicates import injury cases and provides the President and Congress with high quality analysis and technical support on international trade, tariff, and competitiveness issues. Here, you will find a dynamic work environment, multi-disciplinary teams working on a variety of projects and products, a dedication to develop your technical skills, and a commitment to provide balance between your work and your personal life. Life's too short not to work here.

Bar Membership Required
Background and/or Security Investigation Required
U.S. Citizenship

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Additional Duty Location Info:

Washington DC Metro Area, DC

As an Attorney Advisor, you will serve as a professional legal assistant to an Administrative Law Judge. The selectee will assist the Administrative Law Judge in monitoring discovery, holding hearings, taking evidence and rendering decisions regarding alleged violations of section 337 of the Tariff act. Section 337 investigations primarily relate to allegations of patent infringement or other forms of unfair trade practices. The selectee attends prehearing conferences and hearings and analyzes evidence submitted to the Administrative Law Judge. Researches requests for amendments to pleadings, supplemental submissions, subpoena applicants, motions, and cross-motions. Reviews hearing testimony and performs required legal research. Analyzes entire case and submits legal analysis to supervisor. Prepares drafts of decisions, orders, public notices, rulings, certification and any correspondence or other documents. Performs administrative duties for the Administrative Law Judge, communicates with outside counsel and other parties concerning status of proceedings, the application of rules and regulations of the Commission and various procedural questions.

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Qualifications and Evaluations



You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required; and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with this position as defined below. An interview may also be conducted.

Failure to address the KSAs will result in you NOT receiving consideration for this position, and you will receive an ineligible rating.


Veteran's preference regulations will be applied in rating candidates in the excepted service.


Click Here to view Screening Questions.

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Benefits and Other Info


This is an excepted service position. This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.

When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

This position is a Term NTE 2 Years.

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


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How To Apply

You may submit your resume for this job online by selecting the 'Apply Online' button at the bottom of this announcement. Please note: your online resume may not be a complete application. Be sure to carefully read this announcement to see if additional information is required and how it should be submitted. If you do not use the online feature, you should send your resume, or Optional Form 612, along with any other required documents to the address shown below.

You must submit your application so that it will be received by 11:59pm on the closing date of the announcement.

To apply online, read the announcement carefully and note any rating factors or KSAs that will need a response. From the announcement, select Apply on Line. You will need to log on to access your existing resumes or to create a new one and then submit it for consideration.

If you are a current or former federal employee with reinstatement eligibility, you must submit a copy of your last Notification of Personnel Action (SF50) and a copy of your most recent Performance Appraisal.

Application mailed using government postage or through an internal federal government mail system will not be considered.


Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified of the outcome.

Necessary Experience:

 Candidates MUST meet the following requirements:

1. The first professional law degree (LL.B or J.D.) or equivalent training. Equivalent training is permitted in some states in lieu of attendance at a law school. To be acceptable, this training must be one of the kind and nature required by the state in which the bar exam is taken or is to be taken.

2. Admission to the bar to practice law in a state or Territory of the United States or in the District of Colombia.

GS-12 and above must have had either profession or business experience or graduate education, or an equivalent combination of both, in addition to meeting the basic requirements. The professional business or educational experience must have been in or directly related to law, international trade, business management or market analysis, engineering, physical science, finance, or economics or in a field closely related to the position to be filled. This experience must have equipped the candidate with the knowledge and ability to perform the legal work at the level of the position to be filled.


In addition to the basic requirements, the following amounts of experience are required for grade GS-14:

Grade General Specialized Specific Total/Years

GS-12 Bar Membership 1 1 2

GS-13 Bar Membership 1 2 3

GS-14 Bar Membership 1 3 4

Specialized experience is defined as professional legal experience of a broad, general nature, not requiring specialization or expertise in a specific area or type of law. Such experience would be demonstrated by an attorney who was engaged in the general practice of law; or experience, which afforded the candidate knowledge of legal theories, principals, methodologies, and practices or the application of legal skills in a field closely related to the position to be filled.

Specific experience is defined as professional legal experience, which enabled the candidate to acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work relevant to a specific legal component of the U.S. International Trade Commission. Examples of such qualifying experience would include experience in such areas as: agency or appellate litigation, patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, custom law, anti-trust, unfair trade practices, or experience in interpreting statutes, regulations, Executive Orders, court decisions, and agency determinations related to the U.S. International Trade Commission.

GS-12 Attorneys without experience may be employed at grade GS-12, provided such individuals have advanced educational attainments and/or practical business experience substantially beyond those indicated as required for work at the GS-11 level and such educational attainments or practical business experience indicates an ability to perform the type of work assigned at the GS-12 level. To be eligible for GS-12 appointment, applicants must meet ONE of the following qualifications:

1. Outstanding achievement in legal education as evidence by:

Academic Standing in the top ten percent of the school graduating class or graduation with high honors (magna cum laude or summa cum laude):

Management of significant editorial experience on law review or international journal;

Judicial clerkship with a federal appellate court (such as the court of appeals for the Federal Circuit) or with the Court of International Trade.

A graduating legal degree (LLM) in a field directly related to the work of the Commission.

2. Significant experience (two years or more) in international trade, customs, or intellectual property work (legal or non-legal), such as work for a government agency involved in trade, international organizations involved in trade, or patent development.

3. Significant business experience (two years or more) in a field relevant to the Commission's work, such as business management, market research or analysis, finance, or economics.

4. An undergraduate degree or graduate degree in an area relevant to the Commission's work, such as economics, finance, business, engineering, physical science, or international trade.

Submit copy of transcript(s) or list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution in the United States when you apply. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

Office of Human Resources
Phone: (202)205-2651
Fax: (202)205-2008
Email: Agency Information:
U.S. International Trade Commission
500 E Street, SW
Office Human Resources Rm-314
Washington, DC 20436
Fax: (202)205-2008

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