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The Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel (DON OGC) is a world-class legal organization, composed of talented, trained, and dedicated professionals, working together to aid our clients in achieving the DON's mission.  We are see​king attorneys and support staff with diverse experiences and backgrounds, with strong legal skills, that share in our dedication to public service to support the Department of the Navy's mission.
DON OGC is committed to equal employment opportunity in our hiring process. We actively seek qualified applications among women and minority law students and attorneys, and make offers to comparably qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, political affiliation, or marital status.
 

 

 

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DON OGC hires attorneys at all levels of experience from recent law school graduates to individuals with many years of experience.  Our attorneys can be licensed in any state, territory, or the District of Columbia.  We have attorneys from 175 law schools currently represented in our ranks.  DON OGC has an extremely diverse practice including: Government ContractsEmployment/LaborComplex LitigationIntellectual PropertyGovernment EthicsReal EstateFiscal, as well as other more specialized areas. 

Minimum Qualifications:  DON OGC seeks attorneys with diverse backgrounds, who like a challenge, and welcome immediate responsibility. Our job announcements provide information regarding specific qualifications, but we generally seek the following: 

 
  • A strong academic record or proven employment record
  • Good research and writing skills
  • Talent for building client relationships
  • An interest in serving our nation as a civilian attorney

 

Salary Information:  Attorneys are hired at the GS-11 pay grade (or equivalency) through GS-15 grade (or equivalency). The pay offered will be based upon the successful applicant's qualifications and funding availability.  To be eligible for selection at the GS-11 level, the applicant must have one year of relevant experience in the OGC practice area cited in the announcement. To be eligible for selection at the GS-12 level, the applicant must have two years of experience in an OGC practice or one year of experience plus an LLM. To be eligible for selection at the GS-13 level, the applicant must have in excess of two years of experience in an OGC practice area.  To be eligible for selection at the GS-14 level, the applicant must have a minimum of three and one-half years of experience in an OGC practice area.  To be eligible for selection at the GS-15 level, the applicant must have a minimum of five and a half years of experience in an OGC practice area.​

 

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 DON OGC Attorney Vacancies

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119-20 Associate Counsel (Labor and Employment Law)9/28/2020Beaufort/Parris Island, South CarolinaGS-11/12/13/14
Associate Counsel (Labor and Employment Law)
The Office of Counsel for the Commandant of the Marine Corps, as a component part of the DON OGC, is responsible for providing legal advice, services, representation, legal approvals, legal opinions, and legal interpretation of statutes, regulations, and case law, to the Commandant and the Marine Corps in all areas relating to installation law, including land use law, environmental law, civilian personnel and labor law, procurement law, business and commercial law, and such other areas of law that support Marine Corps interests.

There is an attorney vacancy in the position of Associate Counsel, focusing primarily in the area of Labor Law, within the Eastern Area Counsel Office (EACO), located at Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  EACO is a field office within the Office of the Counsel for the Commandant of the Marine Corps.  EACO consists of 14 attorneys and three support staff and is responsible for providing the full spectrum of legal advice for 14 general officers and their staffs across all Marine Corps Command headquarters located  east of the Mississippi; predominantly in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Virginia, and Georgia with over 45,000 military personnel and over 10,000 federal civilian employees.  The Associate Counsel, Labor Law has regional responsibility for advising commanders, supervisors, staff officers, and human resource offices on issues of civilian personnel law, litigation, statutory interpretation, policy proposals, labor unions and their membership, and the application of various personnel statutes and regulations.

The successful candidate will be expected to provide legal support across the full range of OGC practice areas, with an emphasis on laws, rules, and regulations in the areas of civilian personnel and labor law (CPL), including litigation at the Merit Systems Protection Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, union grievance arbitrations and federal district court. The incumbent will provide pre-litigation advice and services on matters involving EEO programs, such as reasonable accommodation, in addition to matters pertaining to employee performance and discipline. The incumbent will also serve as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (SAUSA) for prosecution of workers compensation fraud cases in federal district court.   Additional duties may include advice and guidance in the areas of Government contracts, fiscal law, Government Ethics/Standards of Conduct, Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act matters, environmental law and other administrative law matters resulting from the operations and responsibilities of operating large military installations.

The position will be filled under the General Schedule (GS) system at the GS-11, 12, 13, or 14 and the precise pay will be set commensurate with the successful applicant’s qualifications, funding availability, and GS pay guidelines. The position has a full performance level of GS-14. 

Interested attorneys may contact Mr. Doyle Hale, Deputy Counsel, EACO, at (910) 451-9517 or morris.hale@usmc.mil, for more information.

To apply, applicants must submit a resume and a cover letter explaining their interest in the position and addressing the evaluation criteria for the position, in addition to their current grade (if applicable), salary requirements, and projected availability.  Attorneys who have graduated from law school within the last five years must provide a copy of their law school transcripts, including class rank. Current federal government employees should indicate in their submission their present GS level or equivalent and salary. Candidates who do not wish for their current employer to be contacted should clearly indicate this in the application package.  Applicants selected for interview will be asked to provide two legal writing samples (less than ten pages each; portions of longer work product are acceptable; preferably demonstrating analytical and/or advocacy abilities in CPL or employment law-related contexts), the names and phone numbers of at least three references (other than immediate supervisor) that may be contacted, and two most recent performance appraisals (if applicable).  All materials submitted in the application package will be considered in the evaluation process.

Electronic applications are requested and must be emailed to morris.hale@usmc.mil.  The application file size must be under 7MB.  The subject line of the email should include the applicant’s name and the words “EACO CPL Attorney Vacancy.”

Documents not sent electronically should be sent by some form of express delivery due to delays in conventional mail:

Mr. M.D. Hale
Deputy Counsel, Eastern Area Counsel Office
67 Virginia Dare Drive, Suite 206
Camp Lejeune, NC  28547

This Personnel Notice will close on September 28, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM, (EST). Only applications received by the closing date and time of this announcement will be considered.
123-20 General Attorney10/15/2020China Lake, CaliforniaGS-13/14/15
General Attorney
There is an anticipated vacancy for an attorney to serve as an Assistant or Associate Counsel within the Office of General Counsel Group, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD), China Lake, California. NAWCWD is a field activity of the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), providing research, development, test, evaluation, engineering and fleet support for Navy and Marine Corps weapons and weapons systems. The NAWCWD Office of General Counsel Group employs 15 attorneys and support staff at China Lake and Pt. Mugu, CA, practicing primarily in the areas of federal acquisition law, civilian personnel/labor law, environmental law, intellectual property law, fiscal law, agreements, investigations, Freedom of Information/Privacy Act, ethics/standards of conduct, and litigation related to these areas.

The NAWCWD China Lake site is located onboard the Naval Air Weapons Station, in the Mojave Desert, approximately 150 miles north/northeast of Los Angeles, California. China Lake is within the Los Angeles-Long Beach Locality Pay Area. For information about Locality Pay, see https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2020/general-schedule/. For information about NAVAIR and NAWCWD, see http://www.navair.navy.mil/ and http://www.navair.navy.mil/nawcwd/.

This position has high visibility within the organization and routinely works with senior leadership. It is anticipated that the attorney selected to fill this position will be assigned to provide legal support to a Senior Executive Service-led component of NAWCWD. Though the legal work of the position is primarily focused in the acquisition arena, the incumbent should be prepared to provide legal support across the full range of OGC practice areas. Because of the seniority of the principal client, breadth of legal responsibilities, and expected independence of the incumbent, the preference is to fill the position at the Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratory (STRL) DA-06 Pay Band (GS-14/GS-15 equivalent), but consideration will be given to experienced attorneys at the DA-05 level (GS-13 equivalent).

Interested attorneys are encouraged to contact Dr. Eric Evain, NAWCWD Counsel, at eric.evain@navy.mil for more information.

Applicants should submit a resume; two brief legal writing samples (no more than 15 pages each) that demonstrate analytical and/or advocacy abilities (excerpts of larger pieces may be submitted); the two most recent performance appraisals with rating official narrative, if available; and the names and phone numbers of at least three references who may be contacted. The application should indicate the lowest grade level that the applicant will consider.  Attorneys who have graduated from law school less than 5 years prior to the announcement closing date must provide a copy of their law school transcripts, including class rank.  Current federal employees must also provide a copy of their most recent SF-50 form. Please redact social security numbers from any submitted documents.

Applications should be emailed to: eric.evain@navy.mil and meichelle.mcguire@navy.mil.  Applications that are not sent electronically should be sent by some form of express delivery due to delays in conventional mail delivery to:

OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL GROUP (CODE D900000)
NAVAIRWARCENWPNDIV
1 ADMINISTRATION CIRCLE, STOP 1009
BLDG. 00001, RM. 1021 CHINA LAKE, CA 93555-6100

This announcement will close on October 15, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM (EST), and applications must be received by this date and time to be considered.


124-20 Assistant Counsel (Acquisition)9/25/2020Washington Navy Yard, DCGS-12/13/14
Assistant Counsel (Acquisition)
There is an anticipated vacancy for one or more acquisition attorneys at the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Office of Counsel. The position is located at NAVSEA Headquarters at the Washington Navy Yard, 1333 Isaac Hull Avenue, S.E., Washington Navy Yard, DC.

NAVSEA is responsible for the development, acquisition, and maintenance of the ships, shipboard systems, and ordnance of the Department of the Navy. It has an annual budget of approximately $35 billion and an enterprise-wide workforce of roughly 80,000 military and civilians. The NAVSEA Office of Counsel includes over 150 lawyers located at the Washington Navy Yard and in 21 field offices throughout the United States. These attorneys provide their clients with the full range of legal services assigned to the Department of the Navy’s Office of the General Counsel, including acquisition, civilian personnel, labor, environmental and occupational safety and health, intellectual property, ethics and standards of conduct, fiscal, and associated litigation in various forums.

Acquisition attorneys are responsible for advising NAVSEA and its affiliated Program Executive Offices on the acquisition, maintenance, and disposal of US Navy ships, as well as acquisition of associated warfare and other shipboard systems. These attorneys are also responsible for advising on the acquisition of support service contracts, certain international acquisitions, and related fiscal law issues. While the majority of acquisitions are competitive, attorneys also work on sole source awards and contract administration issues. Procurements range from ACAT I programs to simplified acquisitions. Attorneys are expected to defend procurement decisions that are protested at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and elsewhere. Attorneys coordinate closely with other acquisition attorneys and frequently work with attorneys in offices throughout the Department of the Navy.

The selected applicant will manage an extensive and challenging portfolio of Navy programs critical to the future of the Navy. The individual will counsel clients on the full range of government acquisition, including acquisition planning, source selections, contract administration, contract disputes, and protests at the GAO and elsewhere. The individual will address questions of fiscal law and interpret legislation, regulations, and policy guidance. The ability to work on a team and forge strong working relationships with attorneys and clients is essential.

The position is rated a full performance NH-IV level (equivalent to GS-15 pay) under the Acquisition Demonstration (AcqDemo) Pay System and will be filled as a GS-12, GS-13, or GS-14, depending on the qualifications of the successful applicant.

Applicants must submit 1) a cover letter, 2) a resume, SF-171, or OF-612, 3) two relevant legal writing samples of no more than 15 pages combined (excerpts are acceptable), 4) their two most recent performance appraisals, if available and 5) names and telephone numbers of at least three references. Applications should include current grade (if applicable), lowest grade willing to accept and projected availability. Attorneys who have graduated from law school less than five years prior to the announcement closing date must provide a copy of their law school transcripts, including class rank.

We are not accepting hard copy applications at this time. Electronic applications are being received at this time and should be emailed to Mr. Alex Marin at nssc_navsea_ogc_vaca@navy.mil.  The subject line of the message should state the Personnel Notice Number.

This personnel notice will close on September 25, 2020, at 11:59:59 PM (EST). Applications must be received by this date and time to be considered.

For additional information about this position, you are encouraged to contact Alex Marin at 202-781-3437 or alex.marin@navy.mil. Applicants may also contact Wendy Iaci at 202-781-4176 or gwendolyn.iaci@navy.mil for information about the position.
125-20 Supervisory Associate Counsel (CPL)New10/7/2020Portsmouth, VAGS-15
Supervisory Associate Counsel (CPL)
There is a vacancy for a senior attorney to serve as a Supervisory Associate Counsel, Civilian Personnel Law in the Office of Counsel, Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia. Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) is a field office under the headquarters Office of Counsel, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), and part of the Department of the Navy (DON) Office of the General Counsel (OGC). NAVSEA is responsible for the development, acquisition, and maintenance of ships, shipboard systems, and ordnance for the DON, with an annual budget of over $30 billion and a workforce of roughly 80,000 military and civilian personnel. NNSY is the oldest United States Navy Shipyard and largest public shipyard on the East Coast. It is one of the largest shipyards in the world specializing in repairing, overhauling and modernizing U.S. Navy ships and submarines. NNSY employs approximately 10,500 civilians and 500 military personnel. The NAVSEA Office of Counsel employs over 150 lawyers at the Washington, D.C. Headquarters and in 21 field offices throughout the U.S.

The NNSY Office of Counsel consists of ten attorneys and one paralegal. The Supervisory Associate Counsel, Civilian Personnel Law will approximately five attorneys.  NNSY Office of Counsel has a varied workload covering the full range of OGC practice, with emphasis on civilian personnel and labor law, federal acquisition law, litigation, environmental law, fiscal law, standards of conduct, ethics, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act matters. The successful candidate is expected to provide legal advice, assistance, and representation on civilian personnel and labor law, including litigation at the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, federal district court, union grievance arbitrations, the Office of Special Counsel for whistleblower issues, and state unemployment hearings. The successful candidate will advise on the full range of civilian personnel and labor law issues, including disciplinary actions, performance appraisals, investigations, requests for reasonable accommodation, security matters, EEO matters, and Federal Employee’s Compensation Act matters. The successful candidate will also supervise section members providing this same legal advice and will develop standard operating procedures, manage the office’s civilian personnel law and labor litigation docket, coordinate litigation strategy across cases, develop the legal skills of the team, and efficiently team with human resource representatives and management to achieve positive legal results and more effective personnel management at the Command. To a lesser extent, the successful candidate may also be called upon to provide legal services in other OGC practice areas such as federal acquisition law, litigation, environmental law, occupational health and safety law, fiscal law, standards of conduct, ethics, Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act matters.

The position will be filled under the General Schedule (GS) at the GS-15 level.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, two recent and relevant legal writing samples (no longer than 10 pages each; portions of longer work products are acceptable) that demonstrate analytical and/or advocacy abilities, the two most recent performance appraisals (if available), and the names and telephone numbers of at least three references who may be contacted.  Current federal employees must also provide a copy of their most recent SF-50 form. Please redact social security numbers from any submitted documents. Performance appraisals should include the rating official's narrative.

Interested attorneys with questions may contact Mr. James M. Metcalfe, NNSY Counsel, at (757) 284-5696.

Electronic applications are being received at this time and should be sent to nssc_navsea_ogc_vaca@navy.mil. The subject line of the message should state the Personnel Notice Number. Hard copy applications are not being accepted at this time.

This announcement will close on October 7, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM (EST) and all applications must be received by this date and time to be considered.
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Law Students


2006 Summer Law Students​​
The DON OGC Summer Law Clerk Program is an exciting way to spend your summer.  Our program benefits include: a paid summer clerkship; an assigned mentor and co-mentor; assignments in multiple legal practice areas; experience drafting legal writing samples; annual and sick leave; transportation subsidy benefits; scheduled events at the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Supreme Court, Naval Academy, and Naval Ships and Aircraft; potential for an Advance Commitment to work for OGC after law school; and exposure to DON OGC senior leadership, including members of the Senior Executive Service.  The DON OGC Summer Law Clerk Program is a civilian program seeking highly qualified law school candidates with diverse experiences and backgrounds. Students interested in participating in the DON OGC Summer Law Clerk Program should apply through their Career Development Office, or various job fairs throughout the United States.  Application materials include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and transcript.
 

Minimum Requirements

  • Completed Two Years of Legal Studies
  • Currently Ranked in Top Third of Class or Membership in Law
  • Review/Law Journal or Moot Court
  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Strong Interview Skills
  • Strong Interest in Supporting our Nation's Sailors and Marines
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Support Staff


 
 
2015 Support Staff Workshop USS Truman  

​​​​DON OGC also has over 200 Support Staff, including paralegals, law clerks, management analysts, and administrative support personnel.  Support Staff are located in virtually all DON OGC offices around the world.

Our Support Staff regularly meet to share best practices, lessons learned, and to gain substantive knowledge (e.g. Freedom of Information Act, Ethics, Financial Disclosure Management, Budget Process, Executive Correspondence, etc.).  The 2015 DON OGC Support Staff Workshop was held in Norfolk, Virginia, where they toured the USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75).

  
  
  
  
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