GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

                                                                                           

 

                                                POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

ANNOUNCEMENT NO:    

 #10-2019

POSITION TITLE:  Staff Assistant

POSITION GRADE & SERIES

 CS-301- 09    (Step 1 to Step 4)

 

 

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:  None

SALARY RANGE:      $53,620 – $58,759

 

Salary in this range will be based on a multitude of factors including applicable rules, regulations and guidelines.

OPENING DATE:     

January 10, 2019

CLOSING DATE:    January 25, 2019

DURATION OF APPOINTMENT:     Temporary

 

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Open to the Public

WORKSITE LOCATION:

Office of the Attorney General

  for the District of Columbia

Public Safety Division

Restorative Justice Victim Services Section 441 4th Street NW

Washington, DC 20001

NO. OF VACANCIES:  One (1)

 

              GRANT-FUNDED POSITION

              NTE   SEPTEMBER 2019

 

 

This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFSCME Local 2401 and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through direct payroll deduction.

This position is located in the Public Safety Division, Restorative Justice and Victim Services Section. Restorative Justice is an alternative approach to the resolution of crime that attends to the needs of the people harmed and holds the responsible party directly accountable to those needs, with the support of family and community. If the complainant (victim) is amenable, Restorative Justice Facilitators work with all parties to prepare them for a 1-2 hour facilitated dialogue to discuss what happened, how parties were affected, and what needs to happen to resolve the matter so that it never happens again. The Restorative Justice and Victim Services Section receives referrals for cases directly from prosecutors in the Juvenile and Criminal Sections of the Public Safety Division. Referrals also come from the misdemeanor unit of the United States Attorney’s Office. The Restorative Justice and Victim Services Section consists of 5 Restorative Justice Facilitators, 2 Victim Services Specialists, and a Section Chief. This position would support the Section Chief, the Restorative Justice staff, and the growing administrative caseload of Restorative Justice cases. The applicant is responsible for providing substantive administrative and management support work, which contributes to the Section’s effective and proficient operation.

Brief Description of Duties:  Manages and controls basic management systems for all incoming action documents within the office, including documents control, report monitoring systems to remind staff of action requirements and timetables, suitable tracking systems, and correspondence review.

  • Conducts reviews and audits of case management system and data entry.
  • Assists Restorative Justice Facilitators in preparation for Restorative Justice Conferences, including by reserving locations, securing transportation, and preparing materials, snacks, and files.
  • Conducts reviews of the operations of the program and provides suggestions to the supervisor. Identifies unusual problem areas and makes appropriate recommendations for resolution.
  • Develops administrative data for the purpose  of preparing special reports related to the program. Researches administrative matters, gathers facts, defines and explores problems, and initiate and maintain contact necessary in the completion of assignments.
  • Prepares responses to inquiries of opposing counsel, prosecutors, witnesses, victims and other participants. Notifies the appropriate staff personnel of the need for information or commends, or assists staff in preparing responses to inquiries.
  • Reviews all correspondence and documents prepared for the supervisor’s signature for grammatical accuracy, procedural conformity, format compliance, and provision of supporting documents. On own initiative, returns to originator correspondence or document which is considered improper for signature of the supervisor.
  • Performs an on-going review of administrative and clerical work being done to ensure that business needs are being met. Identifies unusual problem areas and makes appropriate recommendations for resolution.
  • Assists supervisor in maintaining records for use of OAG transportation systems such as Fleet Share.
  • Assists supervisor in the development of administrative policies and procedures for the office to facilitate accomplishment on a timely basis.
  • Maintains an awareness of current events and daily requirements in which the office is involved. Exercises flexibility in performing a myriad of administrative and procedural duties being responsible for performing or directing the performance of the overflow area of work.
  • Reads directives and instructional materials pertaining to administrative practices and clerical procedures in order to remain aware of new, revised or amended procedures for such matters as preparation and processing of correspondence, reports and forms, filing, and mail procedures.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.  

QUALIFICATIONS:   Candidates must have at least two years of Specialized Experience. Specialized experience is administrative experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, at least one (1) year of specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. 

Time-in-grade Restrictions: Time in grade restrictions must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.  Substitution of Education:  A substitution of education for required experience will be allowed as defined in OPM's Qualification Standards. However, in order to receive credit, applicants must submit official proof of educational attainment at the time of application.

SUBMISSION OF RANKING FACTORS:  The following ranking factors will be used in the evaluation process.  All applicants MUST respond to the ranking factors by submitting responses in the relevant area provided on the DC2000 Employment Application.  Please describe specific achievements, experience, education, training, etc. that demonstrates the degree to which you possess the job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities described in the ranking factors.  The information given in response to the ranking factors should be complete and accurate to the best of your knowledge.   

FAILURE TO RESPOND TO ALL RANKING FACTORS WILL ELIMINATE YOU FROM CONSIDERATION.  

Ranking Factor #1:   General knowledge of the mission, goal, objectives and operating policies and procedures of the agency/program(s) to effectively, accurately and expeditiously meet its goals and objectives.  

Ranking Factor #2:   Knowledge of administrative practices and procedures to identify, analyze and recommend solution to problems and issues, plus skill in applying fact-finding techniques to research and gather factual information. Experience in organizing systems and maintaining data integrity.

Ranking Factor #3:   Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to convey messages and information; and to compose reports, memoranda, etc. Ability to effectively interact with staff within the office and agency, District government officials and employees, private sector, federal government, and the general public.

Ranking Factor #4:   Knowledge of, and proficient in the use of operating a personal computer (PC), utilizing Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, etc., and a willingness to learn new technology associated with assigned work tasks.

OTHER INFORMATION:  If selected, a background investigation will be conducted.

Please see below attachment for details.

 

GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

 

POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

ANNOUNCEMENT NO:      

#19-019

POSITION TITLE:

TRIAL ATTORNEY

(Mental Health Section)

POSITION GRADE & SERIES:  LS-12/1 to 13/4

SALARY RANGE:   $82,708 – $108,196

 

Salary in this range will be based on a multitude of factors including applicable rules, regulations and guidelines.

OPENING DATE: 

January 9, 2019

CLOSING DATE:  January 31, 2019

DURATION OF APPOINTMENT: Permanent

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Open to the Public

WORKSITE LOCATION:

Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia

Public Safety Division 441 4th Street NW Washington, DC 20001

NO. OF VACANCIES:  One (1)

This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFGE Local 1403. If you opt to join the union, and consent, a service fee will be paid through direct payroll deduction.  

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: The Public Safety Division of the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia is seeking a trial attorney for the Mental Health Section. The Mental Health Section represents the Department of Behavioral Health prosecuting involuntary civil commitment cases and guardianship cases. 

If you are looking for an opportunity to hone your litigation skills in a fast-paced litigation practice where you prepare and present expert witnesses in contested hearings, the Mental Health Section is ideal.  Attorneys in the Mental Health Section litigate probable cause, revocation, status, and guardianship hearings, bench and jury trials before the Family Court of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, and hearings before the Commission on Mental Health (comprised of a judge and two clinicians).  Attorneys also draft pleadings and provide legal advice and trainings for its client agency, the Department of Behavioral Health. 

Attorneys enjoy a collegial and collaborative work environment, with an eager and supportive administrative team.  

Attorneys in this Section are designated as essential employees.

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate should have excellent litigation, legal research and writing skills, be a team player, committed to public interest work and helping individuals with mental illnesses, and possess the ability to produce quality work in a fast-paced environment as well as the ability to present the government’s case at probable cause hearings on short notice. Lawyers with 3-5 years of post-graduate experience are encouraged to apply.   

ELIGIBILITY: The successful candidate must have a law degree and be an active member in good standing of the bar of any jurisdiction. If not a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the candidate must be sworn into the District of Columbia Bar within 360 days of his/her initial appointment with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. 

OTHER INFORMATION: The selected candidate will be subject to a background investigation including reference checks.

Please see below attachment for details.

GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

 

POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

ANNOUNCEMENT NO:      

#19-018

 

POSITION TITLE: 

          TRIAL ATTORNEY 

(Civil Litigation Division)

POSITION GRADE & SERIES:  LS-13/1 to 13/4

SALARY RANGE:   

$99,718 – $109,687

 

Salary in this range will be based on a multitude of factors including experience, applicable rules, regulations and guidelines. 

OPENING DATE:   January 9, 2019

CLOSING DATE:   January 30, 2019

DURATION OF APPOINTMENT:  Permanent

AREA OF CONSIDERATION:  Open to the Public

WORKSITE LOCATION:

Office of the Attorney General

    for the District of Columbia 

Civil Litigation Division, Suite 630

441 4th Street, NW                                           Washington, D.C. 20001

NO. OF VACANCIES:   One (1)

This position is outside of the collective bargaining unit.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:   The Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia seeks a trial attorney for Section II of its Civil Litigation Division.   The Civil Litigation Division defends the District of Columbia in civil lawsuits filed in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in which plaintiffs seek money damages and/or injunctive relief.  The cases primarily are in the areas of personal injury claims (e.g., automobile, police false arrest, assault and battery, slip and falls, inmate claims and medical malpractice), federal constitutional civil rights claims (e.g., Fourth Amendment claims involving alleged unlawful arrest and excessive force), and employment discrimination claims arising under local or federal law (e.g., sexual harassment, discrimination based upon race, gender, or sexual orientation under the D.C. Human Rights Act, Title VII, the Americans With Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and Whistleblower Protection Act claims).  The incumbent may also have the opportunity to handle special proceedings, including habeas matters, cases brought under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, and cases under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).   

The successful candidate will defend the District of Columbia and its executive level agencies, officials, and employees acting within the scope of their employment against civil litigation.  The successful candidate will have an individual caseload of approximately 25 active civil cases and may work on various litigation teams.  The incumbent will file pleadings, conduct and respond to written discovery, conduct and defend depositions, file and respond to procedural and dispositive motions, negotiate settlements, and conduct trials and contested hearings.  There is substantial contact with client agencies and individual clients.  The position requires civil litigation experience.  Prior civil litigation experience should include trials or evidentiary hearings, motions and discovery practice, taking and defending depositions, and a thorough knowledge of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.  Significant experience in one or more substantive areas where the Division practices (e.g. civil rights law, municipal liability, personal injury tort defense, employment litigation) is desired. 

QUALIFICATIONS:  Candidates must have significant litigation experience, including civil jury trial experience. The successful candidate must have excellent research and writing skills, extensive experience in conducting discovery, including expert discovery, and all aspects of pretrial civil practice, and civil jury trial experience.  The candidate must be able to handle multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment, and be a self-starter.  Prior judicial clerkship experience is highly desirable but not required. 

ELIGIBILITY:  The successful candidate must have a law degree and be an active member in good standing of the bar of any jurisdiction.  If not a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the candidate must be sworn into the District of Columbia Bar within 360 days of his/her initial appointment with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. 

HOW TO APPLY:   Candidates should e-mail one PDF file which includes: 1) a cover letter (must include the vacancy number) summarizing why you are interested in the position and the skills and abilities you possess that will enable you to succeed in this position; 2) résumé; 3) list of three references; and 4) a writing sample to OAG.RecruitmentAttorney@dc.gov by 11:59 p.m. of the closing date indicated above, addressed to Arlyntha Love, Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, 441 4th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001.

Please see below attachment for details.

La ley federal de inmigración permite que los funcionarios federales rechacen tarjetas de residencia y visas si descubren que un solicitante probablemente se vuelva una “carga pública” –eso es, tradicionalmente, alguien incapaz de sustentarse a sí mismo y que sería dependiente del gobierno–.  El 22 de septiembre del 2018, el gobierno federal anunció una propuesta para cambiar la política que se aplica cuando se determina si ciertos inmigrantes podrían ser considerados una “carga pública” para efectos de inmigración. Si se adopta, esta propuesta impediría que algunos inmigrantes se conviertan en residentes permanentes (también conocido como obtener la tarjeta verde) u obtengan una visa si usan ciertos beneficios públicos o el gobierno federal cree que es probable que dependan de los beneficios públicos en el futuro.

Esta página contiene información general sobre los cambios propuestos a la política sobre cargas públicas, y cómo los residentes del Distrito pueden obtener más información y asistencia. La información a continuación se proporciona con fines de educación general y no es asesoramiento jurídico. Se alienta a cualquiera que crea que puede estar afectado por esta propuesta a que consulte con un abogado para obtener asesoramiento jurídico. Al final de estas preguntas frecuentes, hay una lista de organizaciones para contactar a fin de obtener asistencia legal.

¿Cuál es la prueba de “carga pública”? ¿Cómo cambiaría esta propuesta la prueba de “carga pública”?

La ley federal de inmigración permite que los funcionarios federales nieguen tarjetas de residencia y visas si descubren que un solicitante probablemente se convierta en una “carga pública”. Según la política actual, una “carga pública” es un inmigrante que es probable que dependa principalmente de asistencia en efectivo del gobierno para su sustento, o reciba atención institucional de largo plazo a expensas del gobierno. Por ejemplo, si más de la mitad de su ingreso proviene de la Asistencia Temporal para Familias Necesitadas (TANF, por sus siglas en inglés), usted sería considerado una “carga pública” según la política actual.

La norma propuesta impondría una nueva prueba de múltiples factores para determinar si es probable que una persona se vuelva una “carga pública”. La prueba propuesta redefiniría una “carga pública” como un inmigrante que ha recibido o es posible que reciba uno o más beneficios públicos especificados en cualquier momento en el futuro (Medicaid, subsidios para bajos ingresos de la Parte D de Medicare, asistencia federal para la vivienda y el Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria (SNAP, por sus siglas en inglés). La prueba propuesta agrega también requisitos específicos de ingreso, salud, edad e incluso dominio del inglés.

La propuesta aumentaría significativamente el número de personas en riesgo de ser consideradas una “carga pública” y por lo tanto no elegibles para obtener tarjetas de residencia o visas.

Solo es una propuesta. No es una norma definitiva.

En este momento, esto es solo una propuesta para cambiar la política de cargas públicas que está actualmente vigente. Antes de poder concluir la norma propuesta, el gobierno debe analizar todos los comentarios sobre la misma, que son más de 215,000. Este proceso, junto con la posibilidad de que el Congreso revise la propuesta, puede retrasar la ultimación de la norma. El proceso podría llevar varios meses.

La propuesta no es retroactiva.

Enumera ciertos programas gubernamentales que, solo si se utilizan luego de que la norma sea definitiva, podrían ser tomados en cuenta en su contra al determinar si usted es una “carga pública”.

La norma propuesta podría contar en su contra el uso futuro de ciertos beneficios del gobierno en una determinación de “carga pública”. Si usted o los miembros de su familia están usando programas del gobierno actualmente para obtener atención médica o pagar alimentos o alquiler, usted no debe dejar de usar esos programas en este momento. Estos programas lo ayudan a usted y a su familia a permanecer saludables y capaces de trabajar y de ir a la escuela o hacer cualquier otra cosa que deba hacer ahora. La nueva norma propuesta enumera ciertos programas que, solo si una persona los usa después de que la norma se haga vigente, serán considerados al determinar si la persona probablemente se vuelva una “carga pública”.

En la prueba de “carga pública”, la norma propuesta no contará todos los beneficios públicos.

Si se adoptara, la mayor parte de la asistencia pública aún no se contaría en contra de un inmigrante. Ninguno de los siguientes beneficios públicos sería usado para evaluar si alguien es una “carga pública”:

  • Medicaid de emergencia o asistencia médica de emergencia,
  • El uso de una clínica de salud escolar o clínica de salud financiada públicamente,
  • La asistencia de salud pública para vacunas,
  • La ayuda de emergencia no monetaria de corto plazo para catástrofes,
  • El seguro de salud subsidiado comprado en DC Health Link,
  • El Programa de Nutrición Suplementaria Especial para Mujeres, Infantes y Niños (WIC, por sus siglas en inglés), 
  • Head Start u otros programas de comidas escolares o para después de la escuela,
  • Las escuelas públicas o asistencia para la educación, incluyendo los préstamos estudiantiles.
  • La asistencia energética,
  • Los vales de transporte o beneficios de transporte no monetarios.
  • Los beneficios no monetarios de Asistencia Temporal para Familias Necesitadas (TANF), como cuidado y educación de niños y capacitación laboral,
  • Los beneficios recibidos por los miembros de su familia,
  • Cualquier programa no monetario de beneficios tribales, locales o estatales o cualquier otro programa de beneficios públicos no enumerado específicamente en la norma propuesta,
  • El uso de Medicaid, subsidios para bajos ingresos de la Parte D de Medicare, asistencia federal para viviendas y SNAP antes de que entre en vigencia una norma definitiva.

El uso del Programa de Seguro Médico para Niños (CHIP, por sus siglas en inglés) tampoco contaría contra usted, según la propuesta. No obstante, aún si la reglamentación final incluye a CHIP, el uso de CHIP antes de que una norma definitiva entre en vigencia no sería utilizada contra usted o sus hijos.

Los beneficios recibidos por miembros de la familia no amenazarían al estatus inmigratorio futuro de un inmigrante.

Según la norma propuesta, los beneficios recibidos por los miembros de la familia, incluyendo los hijos dependientes, no serán directamente un factor en una prueba de carga pública de un solicitante de visa o tarjeta de residencia. Por ejemplo, si la norma propuesta entra en vigencia, el gobierno no contará el uso de beneficios no monetarios por parte de un niño, como Medicaid o SNAP contra el padre o madre del niño al solicitar una tarjeta de residencia. Sin embargo, si los beneficios en efectivo del niño son la única fuente de sustento del padre o madre, eso podría afectar el hecho de que el padre sea considerado una “carga pública”. Además, si un niño o miembro de una familia es un inmigrante, su uso propio de beneficios cuenta hacia su propia determinación de “carga pública”. Asegúrese de hablar con un abogado de inmigración sobre su caso.

Los cambios propuestos en esta norma no se aplican a todos los inmigrantes.

Algunos inmigrantes no están sujetos a la prueba de “carga pública”. Ciertos inmigrantes están exentos de tener que mostrar que no es posible que se conviertan en una carga pública, o pueden calificar para una “exención” de ser considerado carga pública. Entre estos inmigrantes se incluye a los refugiados, a las personas que están solicitando o se les ha otorgado asilo (asilados), a las personas que solicitan una tarjeta de residencia bajo la Ley de Violencia Contra las Mujeres (VAWA, por sus siglas en inglés), crimen o tráfico de víctimas que han solicitado o están solicitando visas U o T, a menores que buscan estatus Especial para Jóvenes Inmigrantes, y a las personas que estén bajo alguna de las otras categorías protegidas.

Si usted está en alguna de estas categorías, puede usar cualquier programa del gobierno para el que sea elegible —incluyendo ayuda en efectivo, atención de la salud, programas de alimentación y otros programas no monetarios— sin preocuparse de que el hacerlo dañe sus posibilidades de obtener una tarjeta de residencia.

La prueba de “carga pública” tampoco se aplica a las personas con tarjetas de residencia que soliciten renovación o soliciten convertirse en ciudadanos estadounidenses.

La situación de cada persona es diferente.

Para las personas que están buscando una visa o tarjeta de residencia en oficinas consulares fuera de los Estados Unidos, la política de “carga pública” ya ha cambiado. En enero de 2018, el Departamento de Estado de EE.UU. modificó su Manual de Asuntos Exteriores (FAM, por sus siglas en inglés) para establecer nuevas políticas sobre carga pública. El FAM proporciona orientación a los funcionarios del gobierno en las embajadas y consulados de EE.UU. que deciden si se otorga permiso a una persona para entrar al país.

Si usted está buscando obtener una visa para entrar a EE.UU., puede ser sometido a la prueba de carga pública en el FAM, y tendrá que mostrar por qué usted no debería ser considerado una persona que probablemente se vuelva una carga pública. Si usted es ciudadano estadounidense o residente permanente legal, obtener asistencia pública podría ser considerado en el caso de que usted esté patrocinando a un miembro de su familia que está solicitando una tarjeta de residencia desde fuera de los EE.UU. o necesita irse fuera del país a una entrevista consular antes de que le otorguen estatus de residente permanente.

Para obtener más información sobre esto, vea la publicación del Centro Nacional de Leyes Inmigratorias Cambios a las Instrucciones de  “Carga pública” en el Manual del Departamento de Estado de EE.UU.

Además, si usted tiene una tarjeta de residencia y viaja fuera del país durante más de seis meses, puede ser sometido a la prueba de carga pública cuando intente reingresar a EE.UU. Antes de salir del país, debe hablar sobre sus planes de viaje con un abogado de inmigración.

Aquellos que tienen preguntas deben consultar con un abogado de inmigración sobre sus casos individuales. Este directorio en línea puede ayudarlo a buscar organizaciones que proporcionen ayuda y asesoramiento jurídico https://www.immigrationadvocates.org/nonprofit/legaldirectory/search?state=DC/

Ayuda

Las siguientes organizaciones ayudan a los inmigrantes que necesitan ayuda jurídica y otros servicios en el área de Washington D.C. Esta lista no es exhaustiva y es proporcionada solo para servir de orientación.

AYUDA
Oficinas de Washington, DC y Maryland 
6925B Willow Street NW, Washington, DC 20012
Teléfono: (202) 387-4848
Sitio web: http://www.ayuda.com

Oficina de Virginia
2701 Prosperity Ave, Suite 300, Fairfax, VA 22031
Teléfono: (703) 444-7009

Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
1460 Columbia Road NW, Suite C-1, Washington, DC 20009
Teléfono: (202) 328-9799
Correo electrónico: info@carecendc.org
Sitio web:http://www.carecendc.org

 

Caridades Católicas de la Arquidiócesis de D.C. – Servicios Legales de Inmigración
Oficinas de Washington, DC
924 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Teléfono: (202) 772-4352
Sitio web: https://www.catholiccharitiesdc.org/ils/
1618 Monroe Street NW, Washington, DC 20010
Teléfono: (202) 939-2420

Oficinas de Maryland
12247 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20902
Teléfono: (301) 942-1790
201 E. Diamond Ave., 3er piso, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Teléfono: (301) 740-2523

5859 Allentown Way, Temple Hills, MD 20748
Teléfono: (202) 772-4352 para programar una cita.

Caridades Católicas de la Diócesis de Arlington – Hogar, Servicios para los Inmigrantes
6301 Little River Turnpike, Suite 300, Alexandria, VA 22312
Teléfono: (703) 534-9805
Correo electrónico: hogar@ccda.net
Sitio web: https://www.hogarimmigrantservices.org

Just Neighbors (Servicios Legales de Inmigración)
7630 Little River Turnpike, Suite 900, Annandale, VA 22003
Teléfono: (703) 979-1240
Correo electrónico: info@justneighbors.org
Sitio Web: https://www.justneighbors.org

Legal Aid Justice Center
6066 Leesburg Pike, Suite 250, Falls Church, VA 22041
Teléfono: (703) 778-3450
Sitio web: https://www.justice4all.org

Northern Virginia Family Services
6400 Arlington Blvd., Suite 110, Falls Church, VA 22042
Teléfono: (571) 748-2806
Correo electrónico: info@nvfs.org
Sitio web: https://www.nvfs.org/our-services/immigration-legal-services

**En español**

Federal immigration law allows federal officials to deny green cards and visas if they find that an applicant is likely to become a “public charge” – that is, traditionally someone who is incapable of supporting themselves and who would be dependent on the government for support. On September 22, 2018 the federal government announced a proposal to change the policy that applies when determining whether certain immigrants might be considered a “public charge” for immigration purposes. If this proposal is adopted, it would prevent some immigrants from becoming permanent residents (also known as getting a green card) or getting a visa if they use certain public benefits or the federal government believes they will likely rely on public benefits in the future.

This page contains general information about the proposed changes to the public charge policy, and how District residents can get further information and assistance. The information below is for general educational purposes and is not legal advice. Anyone who believes that they may be affected by this proposal is encouraged to consult an attorney for legal advice. At the end of this FAQ, there is a list of organizations to contact for legal assistance.

What is the “public charge” test? How would this proposal change the “public charge” test?

Federal immigration law allows federal officials to deny green cards and visas if they find that an applicant is likely to become a “public charge.” Under the current policy, a “public charge” is an immigrant who is likely to rely primarily on cash assistance from the government for support, or long-term institutional care at government expense. For example, if more than half of your income comes from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), you would be considered a “public charge” under the current policy.

The proposed rule would impose a new multi-factor test to determine if a person is likely to become a “public charge.” The proposed test would redefine a “public charge” as an immigrant who has received or is likely to receive at any time in the future one or more specified public benefits (Medicaid, Medicare Part D low-income subsidies, federal housing assistance, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)). The proposed test also adds specific requirements for income, health, age, and even proficiency in English.

The proposal would significantly expand the number of people at risk of being deemed a “public charge” and therefore ineligible for green cards or visas

It is only a proposal. It is not a final rule.

Right now, this is just a proposal to change the public charge policy that is currently in place. Before it can finalize the proposed rule, the government must review all of the more than 215,000 comments on the proposed rule. This process, along with the possibility that Congress will review the proposal, may delay finalization of the rule. The process could take several months.

The proposal is not retroactive.

It lists certain government programs that, only if you use them after the rule becomes final, could be counted against you in the “public charge” determination.

The proposed rule could count the future use of certain government benefits against you in a “public charge” determination in the future. If you or members of your family are currently using government programs to get medical care or pay for food or rent, you do not need to stop using those programs at this time. These programs help you and your family stay healthy and able to work and school or do whatever else you need to do now. The proposed new rule lists certain programs that, only if a person uses them after the rule goes into effect, will be considered when determining whether the person is likely to become a “public charge.”

The proposed rule would not count all public benefits in the “public charge” test.

If the proposed rule were to be adopted, most public assistance would still not be counted against an immigrant. None of the following public benefits would be used to evaluate whether someone is a “public charge”:

  • Emergency Medicaid or emergency medical assistance;
  • Use of a school health clinic or publicly funded health clinic;
  • Public health assistance for immunizations;
  • Short-term, non-cash emergency disaster relief;
  • Subsidized health insurance purchased on DC Health Link;
  • The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC);
  • Head Start or other school or after-school meals programs;
  • Public school or education assistance, including student loans;
  • Energy assistance;
  • Transportation vouchers or non-cash transportation benefits;
  • Non-cash Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits, like child care and education and job training;
  • Benefits received by your family members;
  • Any non-cash state, local, or tribal benefit programs, or any other public benefit program not specifically listed in the proposed rule;
  • Use of Medicaid, Medicare Part D low-income subsidies, federal housing assistance, and SNAP before a final rule goes into effect.

Use of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) also would not count against you under the proposal. However, even if the final regulation includes CHIP, use of CHIP before a final rule goes into effect would not be used against you or your children.

Benefits received by family members would not threaten an immigrant’s future immigration status.

Under the proposed rule, the benefits received by family members, including dependent children, will not directly be a factor in a visa or green card applicant’s public charge test. For example, if the proposed rule goes into effect, the government would not count a child’s use of non-cash benefits like Medicaid or SNAP against the child’s parent when the parent applies for a green card. However, if the child’s cash benefits are the parent’s only source of support, that could affect whether the parent would be considered a “public charge.” In addition, if a child or family member is an immigrant, his/her own use of benefits counts toward his/her own public charge determination. Be sure to speak with an immigration attorney about your case.

The changes proposed in this rule do not apply to all immigrants.

Some immigrants are not subject to the “public charge” test. Certain immigrants are either exempt from having to show that they are not likely to become a public charge or can qualify for a public charge “waiver.” These immigrants include refugees, people who are applying for or have been granted asylum (asylees), people applying for a green card under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), crime or trafficking victims who have applied or are applying for U or T visas, children seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile status, and people in some other protected categories.

If you are in any of these categories, you can use any government programs you are eligible for—including cash aid, health care, food programs, and other non-cash programs—without worrying that doing so will harm your chances of getting a green card.

The “public charge” test also does not apply to people with green cards when they apply to renew their green cards or when they apply to become U.S. citizens.

Each person’s situation is different.

The U.S. government’s “public charge” policy has already changed for people who are seeking a visa or a green card at consular offices outside of the U.S. In January 2018, the U.S. State Department revised its Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) to institute new policies on public charge. The FAM provides guidance to government officers at U.S. embassies and consulates who decide whether to grant a person permission to enter the U.S.

If you are seeking a visa to enter the U.S., you may be subject to the public charge test in the FAM, and will have to show why you should not be deemed likely to become a public charge. If you are a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, getting public assistance could be considered if you are sponsoring a family member who is applying for a green card from outside the U.S. or needs to go abroad for a consular interview before being granted permanent resident status.

For more information on this, see the National Immigration Law Center’s publication Changes to “Public Charge” Instructions in the U.S. State Department’s Manual.

Also, if you have a green card, you may be subject to the public charge test when you try to reenter the U.S. if you travel abroad for more than six months. Before you leave the U.S., you should discuss your travel plans with an immigration attorney.

People with questions should consult an immigration attorney about their individual cases. This online directory can help you search for organizations that provide legal help and advice https://www.immigrationadvocates.org/nonprofit/legaldirectory/search?state=DC/

Legal Assistance Organizations

The following organizations assist immigrants in need of legal help and other services in the Washington, D.C. area. This list is non-exhaustive and is provided for guidance purposes only.

AYUDA
Washington, DC and Maryland Office
6925B Willow Street NW, Washington, DC 20012
Phone: (202) 387-4848
Website: http://www.ayuda.com

Virginia Office
2701 Prosperity Ave, Suite 300, Fairfax, VA 22031
Phone: (703) 444-7009

Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
1460 Columbia Road NW, Suite C-1, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 328-9799
Email: info@carecendc.org
Website: http://www.carecendc.org

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of DC – Immigration Legal Services
Washington, DC Offices
924 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 772-4352
Website: https://www.catholiccharitiesdc.org/ils/
1618 Monroe Street NW, Washington, DC 20010
Phone: (202) 939-2420

Maryland Offices
12247 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20902
Phone: (301) 942-1790   
201 E. Diamond Ave., 3rd Floor, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Phone: (301) 740-2523

5859 Allentown Way, Temple Hills, MD 20748
Phone: (202) 772-4352 to schedule an appointment.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington – Hogar Immigrant Services
6301 Little River Turnpike, Suite 300, Alexandria, VA 22312
Phone: (703) 534-9805
Email: hogar@ccda.net
Website: https://www.hogarimmigrantservices.org

Just Neighbors (Immigration Legal Services)
7630 Little River Turnpike, Suite 900, Annandale, VA 22003
Phone: (703) 979-1240
Email: info@justneighbors.org
Website: https://www.justneighbors.org

Legal Aid Justice Center
6066 Leesburg Pike, Suite 250, Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone: (703) 778-3450
Website: https://www.justice4all.org

Northern Virginia Family Services
6400 Arlington Blvd., Suite 110, Falls Church, VA 22042
Phone: (571) 748-2806
Email: info@nvfs.org
Website: https://www.nvfs.org/our-services/immigration-legal-services

GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

 

 

POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

ANNOUNCEMENT NO.            07-2019

POSITION TITLE:      Paralegal Specialist

POSITION GRADE & SERIES:     

CS-950-11

                                                          

SALARY RANGE:      $64,603 – $72,907 per year**

                                           (Step 1 to Step 5)

 

**This position is currently budgeted to $72,907 per year only.  Offers will not be made outside of this range.

OPENING DATE:    JANUARY 7, 2019

CLOSING DATE:     JANUARY 25, 2019

FIRST SCREENING DATE:

AREA OF CONSIDERATION:   

                                             OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

                                             

DURATION OF APPOINTMENT:   Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:  None

WORKSITE LOCATION:

Office of the Attorney General

   for the District of Columbia

Civil Litigation Division

441 4th Street NW

Washington, DC 20001

NO. OF VACANCIES:  One (1)

This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFSCME Local 2401 and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through direct payroll deduction.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES This position is located in the Office of the Attorney General, Civil Litigation Division. The incumbent will have responsibility for up to fifty cases at a time.  

The incumbent will be responsible for: 

  • Maintaining case files and correspondence
  • Providing assistance to attorneys with the preparation of case files including the preparation of discovery materials to be provided to litigants, the preparation of subpoenas and court notices, and requesting and obtaining necessary documents and information from outside agencies.
  • Preparing a variety of legal documents, including litigation hold letters, written discovery requests and responses, privilege logs and indexes.
  • Performing legal research, including search of statutes, regulations, legislative history, case law and other legal authorities applicable to particular legal matters.
  • Reviewing, analyzing, and organizing facts, documents and other evidence.
  • Handling sensitive information, confidential information, and information subject to the attorney client privilege, the attorney work product privilege, and various agency privileges.
  • Attending meetings where relevant legal and factual issues are discussed.
  • Assisting the attorneys in the preparation of government and expert witnesses for trial.
  • Preparing trial notebooks, scheduling witness conferences, preparing trial subpoenas, summarizing deposition transcripts, drafting legal documents and pleadings, preparing and organizing exhibits, and other duties as required.
  • Attending trial and assisting the attorneys as needed.
  • Investigating and becoming familiar with the facts of assigned cases.
  • Establishing and maintaining an effective system of monitoring and tracking cases to insure compliance with all relevant deadlines.
  • Reviewing contents of reports and procedural or policy papers to identify potential problems, and to assure consistency with agency policy.
  • Identifying, defining, and analyzing operational problems and posing options and alternatives to existing procedures. 

QUALIFICATIONS:   Requires strong organizational skills, time management skills and attention to detail. Also requires experience with Lexis/Nexis or Westlaw, scanners, PowerPoint, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word and Relativity or similar document management software. Experience with Prolaw is also desirable.  To qualify at the DS-11 level, candidates must have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the DS-9 level in District Service. Specialized Experience is defined as experience performing a variety of analytical paralegal or legal work which demonstrates a practical knowledge of the law, the litigation and judicial process, and applicable rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. Examples of specialized experience include performing the following duties: 1) analyze and evaluates legal decisions and case files to identify relevant issues and potential evidence; 2) conduct legal research concerning precedents and past court decisions; composing legal briefs, summaries of analysis and decisions, and pre-trial documents for investigations; 3) interview witnesses and various individuals who can provide insight into cases under review; preparing evidence and documents to support recommendations; and 4) utilize a variety of automated legal research tools. 

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION:   A law degree, paralegal certificate, or college degree and at least three years of experience may be as a substitute for total qualification requirements.  In order to receive credit, applicants must submit official proof of educational attainment at the time of application.

TIME-IN-GRADE RESTRICTIONS:  Time in grade restrictions must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

SUBMISSION OF RANKING FACTORS:  The following ranking factors will be used in the evaluation process.  All applicants MUST respond to the ranking factors.   Please respond specifically to the ranking factor(s) by either typing directly into the free form area provided or by pasting from a text document.  Please describe specific incidents of sustained achievement from your experience that show evidence of the level at which you are applying.  You may refer to any experience, education, training, awards, outside activities, etc. that includes the degree to which you possess the job related knowledge, skills and abilities described in the ranking factors.  The information given in response to the ranking factors should be complete and accurate to the best of your knowledge.   

FAILURE TO RESPOND TO ALL RANKING FACTORS WILL ELIMINATE YOU FROM CONSIDERATION.  

Ranking Factor #1:   Skill and relevant experience using Relativity or similar document management software to organize, review and summarize document collections for production or for use by attorneys; skill and experience creating and maintaining production and privilege logs and summaries of relevant documents; ability to use technology to organize or log information.  

Ranking Factor #2:   Knowledge of the rules governing discovery in civil litigation and general knowledge of legal procedures and the judicial system. Demonstrated experience responding to and propounding written discovery in civil litigation matters. 

Ranking Factor #3:   Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to prepare a variety of documents, including written discovery and responses to discovery, memoranda and reports; ability to discuss issues and findings; and ability to provide information to attorneys, supervisors, other staff and agency personnel.  

Ranking Factor #4: Knowledge of and proficiency in the use of operating a personal computer, using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Relativity or similar document management software, database management and case tracking software, etc. and a willingness to learn new technology associated with assigned work tasks.           

Ranking Factor #5:   Skill in general legal research methods is required to locate relevant rules, statutes and case law precedent. 

HOW TO APPLY:  Candidates should e-mail one PDF file which includes the following, addressed to: OAG.Recruitment@DC.gov by 11:59pm of the closing date indicated above: 

  1. A cover letter;
  2. Completed DC-2000 Employment Application for the District of Columbia Government;
  3. Résumé; and
  4. Responses to each of the Ranking Factors. 

FOR THE PURPOSE OF EMPLOYMENT, RESUMES ARE NOT CONSIDERED COMPLETE JOB APPLICATIONS.  Therefore, to be considered, all applicants must submit a COMPLETED DC-2000 EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION, which can be found at oag.dc.gov. 

PRIORITY CONSIDERATION:  Displaced Employee Priority Placement:  Candidates who are eligible for the District of Columbia’s Displaced Employee Program (DEP) and Agency Re-employment Priority Placement Program (ARPP) will be given priority consideration for this position if found qualified. 

EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS:  Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the District of Columbia government’s retirement plan. However, if selectee was previously employed in the District of Columbia’s government under an appointment for which he/she was eligible for Civil Service Retirement (CSR), contributions to CSR will resume upon re-employment. 

RESIDENCY PREFERENCE AMENDMENT ACT OF 1998:   A person applying for a position in the Career Service, Education Service, Management Supervisory Service, an attorney position in the Legal Service (series 905) other than in the Senior Executive Attorney Service (SEAS), or an attorney in the Excepted Service (series 905) who is a bona fide District resident AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION for the position, may be awarded a 10-point residency preference over a non-District applications, unless the person declines the preference points.  If selected, the person shall be required to present no less than 8 proofs of bona fide District residency and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment.  Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the 7-year period will result in forfeiture of employment. 

VETERANS PREFERENCE:  Applicants claiming veteran’s preference must submit official proof of the time of application. 

DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE:  Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1998, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of or a plea of guilty to a violation of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace. 

OTHER INFORMATION:  If selected, a background investigation will be conducted.

Please see below attachment for details.

GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

 

POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

 

*AMENDED*

 

The position title and description of duties have been amended.

ANNOUNCEMENT NO:       #19-017

POSITION TITLE:  

ATTORNEY ADVISOR

(Land Use and Public Works Section)

POSITION GRADE & SERIES:  LS-14/1 to 15/1

SALARY RANGE:   $116,228 – $136,728

 

Salary in this range will be based on a multitude of factors including applicable rules, regulations and guidelines. 

OPENING DATE:   January 3, 2019

CLOSING DATE:   January 24, 2019

DURATION OF APPOINTMENT: 13-month Term

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Open to the Public

WORKSITE LOCATION:

Office of the Attorney General

   for the District of Columbia

Commercial Division

441 4th Street NW

Washington, DC 20001

NO. OF VACANCIES:  One (1)

This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFGE Local 1403. If you opt to join the union, and consent, a service fee will be paid through direct payroll deduction.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:   The Land Use and Public Works Section provides legal assistance to District agencies with respect to land use planning, zoning, and the use of public space.

 

The successful candidate will be responsible for attending, and providing legal guidance at, meetings and hearings of the Zoning Commission (ZC) (all held in the evening) and the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA). He or she will work closely with the Director of the Office of Zoning and the Secretaries to the ZC and BZA in identifying potential legal issues arising before both bodies and will respond by providing memoranda of legal advice. The attorney will review complex orders filed in rulemakings and contested cases for legal sufficiency and draft such orders. In addition, the attorney will review covenants required in order to transfer development credits, effectuate planned unit developments, or close a public street or alley.                                                                  

QUALIFICATIONS:  Candidates must have at least three (3) years’ experience, preferably in land use law.  Candidates must also possess strong legal writing, analytical, and negotiation skills, possess knowledge of land use principles, and demonstrate familiarity with administrative procedures applicable to rulemakings and contested cases. Additionally, past experience analyzing and drafting statutes and rules, the ability to understand complex land use transactions, commitment to providing the highest level of customer service, and ability to work with agency staff are important. 

ELIGIBILITY:  The successful candidate must have a law degree and be an active member in good standing of the bar of any jurisdiction.  If not a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the candidate must be sworn into the District of Columbia Bar within 360 days of his/her initial appointment with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. 

OTHER INFORMATION:  The selected candidate will be subject to a background investigation including reference checks.

Please see below attachment for details.

GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

 

POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

ANNOUNCEMENT NO:       #19-016

POSITION TITLE:  

Trial Attorney

(Child Support Services Division)

POSITION GRADE & SERIES: 

LS 13/1 to 13/3

SALARY RANGE:   $98,362 – $104,918

 

Salary in this range will be based on a multitude of factors including applicable rules, regulations and guidelines. 

OPENING DATE:   January 2, 2019

CLOSING DATE:   January 23, 2019

DURATION OF APPOINTMENT: Permanent

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Open to the Public

WORKSITE LOCATION:

Office of the Attorney General

   for the District of Columbia

Child Support Services Division

Policy, Training and Administrative Affairs Section

441 4th Street NW

Washington, DC 20001

NO. OF VACANCIES:  One (1)

This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFGE Local 1403. If you opt to join the union, and consent, a service fee will be paid through direct payroll deduction.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:   The Child Support Services Division (CSSD) of the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia is seeking an Trial Attorney for the Policy, Training and Administrative Affairs Section. CSSD administers the District's child support services program that includes locating non-custodial parents, establishing legal paternity, establishing support orders, enforcing legal support obligations including medical support, and modifying support orders. The Division is also responsible for the State Disbursement Unit that processes all child support payment collections and disbursements.  

The Policy, Training, and Administrative Affairs Section is responsible for creating comprehensive legislation, policies and procedures to support the daily operations of the child support program, providing advice on agency policy and program matters, and implementing a professional development and training program.  

The Trial Attorney will work under the supervision of the Section Chief for Policy, Training and Administrative Affairs with the CSSD Deputy Attorney General on high level policy matters for the Division as well as participate in developing and facilitating training sessions and presenting at various outreach events in and outside of the District of Columbia. The Attorney will be responsible for representing the Agency in DC Superior Court for matters involving re-entry and other high-risk non-custodial parents. The Attorney will work with non-custodial Veterans and unemployed non-custodial parents. The Attorney will also represent the Agency in matters before the Office of Administrative Hearings.  

QUALIFICATIONS:  The candidate must have excellent oral and written communication skills, outstanding legal research skills, prior experience providing training, ability to research and prepare policy documents, and facility with and/or knowledge of automated case management systems and federal audits. Must have writing/ advocacy experience that produced measurable success and the ability to quickly learn, understand and explain unfamiliar areas of law. Knowledge of federal and local laws and regulations governing the District’s child support programs is desired but not required. Law review highly desirable.  

ELIGIBILITY:  The successful candidate must have a law degree and be an active member in good standing of the bar of any jurisdiction.  If not a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the candidate must be sworn into the District of Columbia Bar within 360 days of his/her initial appointment with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. 

OTHER INFORMATION:  The selected candidate will be subject to a background investigation including reference checks.

Please see below attachment for details.

GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

 

POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

ANNOUNCEMENT NO:       #19-014

POSITION TITLE:  

SUPERVISORY ATTORNEY ADVISOR

(Land Use and Public Works Section Chief)

POSITION GRADE & SERIES:  LX-1 Band

SALARY RANGE:   $130,000 – $155,000

 

Salary in this range will be based on a multitude of factors including applicable rules, regulations and guidelines. 

OPENING DATE:   December 7, 2018

CLOSING DATE:   December 21, 2018

DURATION OF APPOINTMENT: Permanent

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Open to the Public

WORKSITE LOCATION:

Office of the Attorney General

   for the District of Columbia

Commercial Division

Land Use and Public Works Section

441 4th Street NW

Washington, DC 20001

NO. OF VACANCIES:  One (1)

This position is outside of the collective bargaining unit. 

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:   The Commercial Division of the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia seeks a Supervisory Attorney Advisor to manage the Land Use and Public Works Section (Section) within the Commercial Division (Division). The Section provides legal assistance to the Zoning Commission for the District of Columbia (Commission) and the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) as well as the Office of Zoning (OZ), which provides technical and administrative assistance to the Commission and the BZA. In carrying out its responsibilities, the Section provides legal assistance in zoning matters as may be requested by the Office of Planning (OP). Lastly, the Section reviews covenants required by the Zoning Regulations.   

The Section’s work product includes, but is not limited to:

  • Draft orders and rulemakings.
  • Revisions to draft orders submitted by parties.
  • Memoranda of legal advice.
  • Emails to the Commission and BZA identifying all legal and procedural issues arising from the cases scheduled for decision at their meetings.
     
    In addition to producing the work product described above, the Section’s attorneys attend all Commission and BZA decision meetings, all BZA hearings, and those Commission hearings as determined by the Section Chief in consultation with OZ.
     
    The responsibilities of the Chief include, but are not limited to:
  • Supervising the Section’s attorney in carrying out the Section’s work as described above.
  • Establishing deadlines for review of Section attorneys’ work product.
  • Ensuring that all work product needed before or after Commission and BZA meetings is of the highest quality and provided to OZ in accordance with mutually agreed upon deadlines.
  • Working with the Office of the Solicitor General with respect to any petitions for review challenging a Commission or BZA order including reviewing draft briefs and participating in moot courts.
  • Maintaining a caseload for applications and petitions that are novel, complex, or have the potential to significantly affect the public or the District government.
  • Attending Commission meetings for the above-described class of cases.
  • Providing legal advice directly to the Director of OZ, the Commission, and BZA Secretaries, and the OP Deputy Director for Development Review and Historic Preservation.
  • Establishing strong and cordial relationships with all participants in the zoning process including the Zoning Administrator, the D.C. Surveyor, members of the private bar, and District citizens and their representatives and advocates.
  • Keeping OZ staff informed as to the status of all assignments through order logs or similar mechanisms.
  • Responding to inquiries from the Attorney General, the Chief Deputy Attorney General, and other attorneys in the Office of the Attorney General concerning the impact of zoning on their work, and attending meetings as requested by the Attorney General, the Chief Deputy Attorney General, or the Commercial Division Deputy, which may be with high ranking District officials.
  • Performing administrative duties including approval of absence requests and time sheets.
  • Preparing fair and honest formal and informal performance evaluations of subordinates and providing the Division Deputy with a fair and honest self-evaluation.
  • Providing monthly reports to the Division Deputy identifying issues that should be brought to the attention of the Chief Deputy Attorney General.
  • Establishing performance goals for the Section consistent with the mission of the Office of the Attorney General.
  • Devising and maintaining record keeping systems to generate narrative and statistical reports.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.                                                                   

QUALIFICATIONS:  The ideal candidate must have:  

(1) at least one (1) year of land use law experience, a significant component of which must be in zoning; 

(2) working knowledge of the District’s zoning regulations or those of a comparable jurisdiction; 

(3) familiarity with administrative law; 

(4) experience appearing before and/or giving legal advice to a rulemaking body or a quasi-judicial body or administrative law judge; 

(5) experience drafting or reviewing draft legislation or rulemakings; 

(6) experience drafting complex legal memoranda or comparable documents; 

(7) ability to work in a high stakes environment under extreme time pressure; and 

(8) the skills to lead, motivate, coach, organize, and evaluate others. 

ELIGIBILITY:  The successful candidate must have a law degree and be an active member in good standing of the bar of any jurisdiction.  If not a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the candidate must be sworn into the District of Columbia Bar within 360 days of his/her initial appointment with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. 

OTHER INFORMATION:  The selected candidate will be subject to a background investigation including reference checks.

Please see attachment below for details.

GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

 

POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

ANNOUNCEMENT NO:       #19-008

POSITION TITLE:  

TRIAL ATTORNEY

(Specialty Courts Prosecutor)

POSITION GRADE & SERIES: 

LS 13/1 to 14/1

SALARY RANGE:   $98,362 – $116,228

 

Salary in this range will be based on a multitude of factors including applicable rules, regulations and guidelines. 

OPENING DATE:   December 6, 2018

CLOSING DATE:   December 27, 2018

DURATION OF APPOINTMENT: Permanent

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Open to the Public

WORKSITE LOCATION:

Office of the Attorney General

   for the District of Columbia

Public Safety Division

Criminal Section

441 4th Street NW

Washington, DC 20001

NO. OF VACANCIES:  One (1)

This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFGE Local 1403. If you opt to join the union, and consent, a service fee will be paid through direct payroll deduction.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:   The Public Safety Division of the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for the District of Columbia believes that the challenges that face the criminal justice system today require innovative and unique solutions.  With the prevalence of substance abuse and mental health disorders among those in the adult criminal system, expansion of rehabilitation and treatment options are a priority.  OAG refers a significant number of its adult criminal cases to the Superior Court for the District of Columbia’s Drug Court and Mental Health Community Court.  Many low-level offenders are also diverted to employment and education programs as an alternative to prosecution.  OAG seeks a trial attorney for the Criminal Section who is a team player and highly motivated to further strengthen and coordinate these specialty courts and diversion efforts. 

The Criminal Section prosecutes adults who commit certain types of offenses within the District of Columbia, including all adult misdemeanor traffic and quality of life offenses.  Specifically, the Section prosecutes all alcohol and drug impaired driving cases, certain firearm offenses, quality of life offenses such as disorderly conduct, as well as tax and welfare fraud matters.  Duties include screening arrests for diversion eligibility, coordinating referrals, formulating appropriate plea offers to defense attorneys, and representing OAG both in these specialty courts and in meetings among the various stakeholders involved in these diversion efforts.  The Public Safety Division’s management is dedicated to extensive training and attentive support for its Assistant Attorneys General, providing an atmosphere where their prosecutors learn to exercise discretion and sound judgment and can grow into strong, ethical, and confident trial attorneys.                                                                  

QUALIFICATIONS:  The candidate must have 5-10 years of trial experience, the ability to work across disciplines, and the ability to work with a high degree of independence.  The ideal candidate should also have a demonstrated commitment to work in the area of prosecution, with a sincere passion for seeking justice. 

ELIGIBILITY:  The successful candidate must have a law degree and be an active member in good standing of the bar of any jurisdiction.  If not a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the candidate must be sworn into the District of Columbia Bar within 360 days of his/her initial appointment with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. 

OTHER INFORMATION:  The selected candidate will be subject to a background investigation including reference checks.

Please see attachment below for details.