Summary If selected, you will join a well-respected team responsible for investigating possible violations of securities laws, recommending and litigating Commission action when appropriate, either in a federal court or before an administrative law judge, and negotiating settlements.
Conditions of Employment
CITIZENSHIP: This position is open to US Citizens.
You must possess a J.D. or LL.B Degree.
You must be an active member of the bar in good standing
Typical duties include:
Developing cases, conducting civil discovery, and litigating and conducting trials of court cases and administrative proceedings that present unique legal, evidentiary and policy challenges and present the opportunity to establish legal precedent, and monitoring decisions that impact the SEC.
Overseeing the conduct of cases and making decisions regarding tactics and strategy to be employed; representing the SEC throughout the course of the litigation; addressing highly complex legal and factual issues; and efficiently managing SEC cases.
Providing expert litigation advice, including policy and regulatory recommendations by maintaining and exhibiting knowledge, insight, and understanding in order to respond to inquiries in pending or potential litigation.
Fostering productive work relationships with federal and state regulators and criminal authorities; and engaging in public outreach and representational opportunities to showcase the goals and strategic vision of the Commission.
Providing agency representation in negotiations and discussion with senior officials and/or lawyers and formulating proposed settlements that often have broad legal implications.
Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sector. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Qualifying education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
BASIC REQUIREMENT: All applicants must possess the following
J.D. or LL.B. degree --AND--
Active membership of the bar in good standing in any state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the commonwealth of Puerto Rico. (Note: proof of bar membership will be required before entry on duty.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the basic requirement, applicants must also meet the minimum qualification requirement.
SK-16: Applicant must have 4 year(s) of post J.D. work experience identifying legal issues, providing legal analyses, providing legal solutions/recommendations, and preparing legal documents, such as dispositions, pleadings, and motions, which also includes at least 3 year(s) which includes:
(1) producing written legal products such as motions, complaints and other pleadings, and client memoranda, with minimal supervision and assistance; (2) litigating cases involving alleged violations, interpretation and analysis of federal securities statutes, rules and regulations, or other complex areas of the law;
(3) experience in federal or state court litigation, preparing and defending motions;
(4) experience analyzing and arguing points of law involving the Rules of Evidence; and
(5) conducting discovery and pre-trial motion practice, including taking and defending depositions and preparing and responding to written
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Additional information and the link to the application can be found here: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/705248300
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