Notice & Comment

DOJ Seeks Attorney for Forfeiture Unit, by Dominique Scalia

The Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking an experienced attorney to be the head of the Forfeiture Unit in the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section. The deadline for applying is July 30, 2013. The salary range is $123,758.00 to $155,500.00.

The Deputy Chief of the Forfeiture Unit:

  • Supervises and manages the work of the Unit’s attorneys on cases involving civil and criminal forfeiture actions, and ancillary proceedings;
  • Advises line attorneys on strategic approaches to their forfeiture actions;
  • Ensures that unit attorneys are properly prepared and trained to litigate complex matters, trains line attorneys on discovery obligations and ethical considerations, and oversees the negotiation of settlement agreements and other resolutions, properly balancing a variety of relevant factors;
  • Reviews seizures warrants, lis pendens, restraining orders, complaints, criminal forfeiture allegations, dispositive pretrial motions, and other pleadings;
  • Provides litigation advice to other Criminal Division litigating components, U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, federal investigative agencies, and state and local prosecutors and agencies on asset forfeiture issues;
  • Develops and maintains working relationships with partners at the U.S. Attorneys’ Office, other litigating components and offices, and federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies;
  • Represents AFMLS in inter-departmental and inter-agency meetings and communicates on matters concerning asset forfeiture issues.

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and have at least five years post J.D. experience. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing.

Applicants must also have one year of specialized experience at the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: preparing pleadings, briefs and other court papers involving complex legal issues in complex civil or criminal litigation; and conducting complex civil or criminal litigation and familiarity with asset forfeiture litigation.

This post was originally published on the legacy ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Notice and Comment blog, which merged with the Yale Journal on Regulation Notice and Comment blog in 2015.

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