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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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100-20 Attorney Advisor (Senior Trial Attorney)8/24/2020Washington Navy Yard, Washington DCGS-15
Attorney Advisor (Senior Trial Attorney)
There are anticipated vacancies for the position of Senior Trial Attorney on the Contracts Litigation trial teams within the Naval Litigation Office, Office of the General Counsel, Department of the Navy. The positions are located at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

The Naval Litigation Office (NLO) is part of the Office of the General Counsel for the Department of the Navy, which generally provides all legal services throughout the Department in the area of commercial law, including the conduct of civil litigation arising in the General Counsel's areas of responsibility. Consistent with the procedures and policies of the Office of the General Counsel and the NLO, the incumbent will principally represent the Department of the Navy before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. The incumbent will also assist the Department of Justice in matters filed against the Department of the Navy in the Court of Federal Claims or other federal courts and may be assigned to other matters as the needs of the office require. The cases may involve hundreds of millions of dollars or have critical impacts on the mission of the Department.

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

To be selected, the successful applicant must have a minimum of five-and-a-half years of recent and relevant legal experience, including demonstrated experience in complex litigation or government contracts.

Our contract teams handle a varied caseload; applicants with recent, hands-on government contracts litigation experience or in a complex commercial litigation and/or construction practice are encouraged to apply. Responsibilities include preparing pleadings, written discovery, motions and legal memoranda, witness interviews, taking and defending depositions, working with the Navy’s experts, first/second chair hearings, issuing and managing litigation hold notices, document collection, and working with NLO’s litigation support contractor to manage electronic document databases. Travel is required and is determined by the needs of each case.

Applicants should submit a cover letter explaining their interest in the position; an SF-171, OF-612, or a resume; two most recent performance appraisals, if available; two legal writing samples; and the names and phone numbers of at least three references (other than their immediate supervisor) that may be contacted. Current federal government employees should indicate in their application their present GS level or equivalent and salary. Interested attorneys may contact Russ Shultis, Assistant Director, at (202) 685-7034 for additional information.

Electronic submissions are highly encouraged and should be sent to Joan Brown at joan.brown@navy.mil.

Hard copy applications can be submitted to:

Andrea E. Brotherton
Special Counsel for Litigation
Naval Litigation Office, Office of the General Counsel
Department of the Navy
20 Kennon Street. S.E., Bldg. 36, Room 233
Washington Navy Yard, D.C. 20374-5013

This announcement will close on August 24, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM EST, and applications must be received by this time and date to be considered.
101-20 Supervisory Associate Counsel International Law8/7/2020Washington Navy Yard, DCGS-15
Supervisory Associate Counsel International Law
A vacancy is anticipated to serve as a Supervisory Associate Counsel, International Law, within the Office of Counsel, Strategic Systems Programs (SSP). The position has a duty station of the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC, at SSP's headquarters.

SSP, an Echelon 2 Command, is responsible for the development, production, maintenance, and life-cycle-management of the Department of the Navy's (DON) TRIDENT II D5 Missile Strategic Weapons System (approximately 70% of the United States nuclear weapons). SSP's annual budget exceeds $3.6 billion. SSP is in the process of pre-development efforts for the next generation strategic weapons system and SSP's program life was recently extended through 2084.

The incumbent will focus his/her practice in the areas of international law and arms control, and supervise the SSP Office of Counsel’s practice of international law and arms control. This will include the supervision of 2-3 attorneys in the International Law section of the SSP Office of Counsel.  The incumbent’s duties will focus on international law and associated U.S. legal, regulatory and policy matters arising under the U.S.-UK Polaris Sales Agreement (PSA) and the U.S.-UK Mutual Defense Agreement (MDA); the Foreign Military Sales section of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA); select provisions of the Atomic Energy Act (AEA); U.S. export control regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Commerce Control List (CCL); the Chemical Weapons Convention, Biological Weapons Convention, New START Treaty, and all other US arms control-related international obligations. The incumbent will also serve as the SSP Foreign Disclosure Officer (FDO). 

The position will be filled under the Acquisition Demonstration Project (Acq Demo) performance management system at the NH-04 level (General Schedule (GS) -15 equivalent) and precise pay will be set commensurate with the successful applicant's qualifications, funding availability, and Acq Demo pay guidelines. To be eligible for selection at the NH-04 level (GS-15 equivalent), the applicant must have at least five-and-one-half years of successful legal experience in the areas of international and U.S. national security law, such as treaty implementation and compliance, foreign military sales acquisitions, and/or export control regulations.

Applicants must submit a resume; two legal writing samples (no longer than 10 pages); two most recent performance appraisals, if available; and the names and telephone numbers of at least three references (other than current supervisors) who may be contacted. Applicants should include their projected availability. The SSP Office of Counsel has a requirement to immediately fill this position.

Interested attorneys are encouraged to contact Mr. Robert Jarman, Associate Counsel, SSP,  robert.jarman@ssp.navy.mil, 202-433-9774; or Ms. Sarah McKenzie, Deputy Counsel, SSP, sarah.mckenzie@ssp.navy.mil, 202-433-9772; with any questions.

Electronic applications (all documents in one file) are preferred and must be submitted to Ms. McKenzie at sarah.mckenzie@ssp.navy.mil. Hard copy applications are not being accepted at this time.

This personnel notice will close on August 7, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM EST, and applications must be received by this date and time to be considered.

Student Loan Repayment may be available after one year of service with SSP, commensurate with 5 CFR § 537, the attorney's performance, and funding availability.
102-20 Assistant Counsel 8/26/2020Crane, IndianaGS-11/12/13
Assistant Counsel
There is a vacancy for an acquisition attorney within the Office of Counsel at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Indiana. NSWC Crane is one of eight divisions within the Naval Surface Warfare Center of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). NSWC Crane specializes in the acquisition and fleet support of electronics, ordnance, and electronic warfare products and systems. NSWC Crane is an industrial leader in applying better processes and technologies to the development, acquisition, and support of modern naval combat weapons systems. As one of Indiana’s largest high-tech employers, NSWC Crane currently employs approximately 2,165 scientists, engineers and technicians. NSWC Crane’s total population is approximately 3,200. The main facility is located approximately 30 miles southwest of the city of Bloomington in south central Indiana. Bloomington is an eclectic small city and the home of Indiana University. As a major educational center, Bloomington offers an array entertainment, recreational and dining options. NSWC Crane is also within two hours of the major urban centers of Indianapolis, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky.

The NSWC Crane Office of Counsel is a field office within the headquarters Office of Counsel for 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 approximately $32 billion and a workforce of roughly 80,000 military and civilian personnel. The NAVSEA Office of Counsel employs over 150 lawyers at its Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and in 21 field offices throughout the U.S.

The NSWC Crane Office of Counsel employs eight attorneys, two paralegals and an administrative assistant. The office has a varied workload covering the full range of OGC practice, with emphasis on federal acquisition law, civilian personnel law (CPL), labor law, litigation, and intellectual property law.

The successful candidate will be expected to practice primarily in acquisition law. The candidate may also be called upon to provide legal services in the areas of fiscal law, ethics and standards of conduct, the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act and CPL. The position is expected to be filled at the NT-IV/V level (comparable to the GS-11/12/13) pay band within the NAVSEA Warfare Center Personnel Demonstration Project, and the position will have promotion potential to the NT-VI (comparable to GS-15) level. The pay band and equivalent grade level offered will be based upon the successful applicant's qualifications and funding availability.

Applicants should submit a resume, two brief legal writing samples (no longer than 10 pages each) that demonstrate analytical and/or advocacy abilities, two recent performance appraisals (if available), and names and telephone numbers of at least three references who may be contacted.
Interested attorneys are encouraged to contact Mr. Allen Sebastian at (812) 854-1880 or by e-mail at allen.sebastian@navy.mil for more information.
Electronic applications are preferred and should be sent to nssc_navsea_ogc_vaca@navy.mil. The subject line of the message should state the Personnel Notice Number. Although less desirable, applicants may send applications by FedEx to:

NAVSEA 00L4
Naval Sea Systems Command
1333 Isaac Hull Avenue SE Stop 1150
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20376-1150

This personnel notice will close on August 26, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM EST, and applications must be received by this date and time to be considered.
103-20 Assistant/Associate Counsel 8/19/2020Washington Navy Yard, DCGS-14/15
Assistant/Associate Counsel
There is a vacancy for an attorney to serve as an Assistant/Associate Counsel within the Office of Counsel of the Navy International Programs Office (Navy IPO) located at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.

Navy IPO is directed by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (International Programs), who reports to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development, & Acquisition).  Navy IPO has the core responsibilities within the Department of the Navy for foreign military sales and other security cooperation (FMS) matters; international acquisition agreements; and technology transfer.

The incumbent of the position will provide legal services in support of the Navy IPO core responsibilities.  The position may involve contact with Department of Defense and Department of State officials, as well as foreign government representatives.  The incumbent will also provide legal services in the more traditional areas of the Navy Office of General Counsel practice.  These areas include federal procurement law, fiscal law, ethics, the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act, and civilian personnel law.  The incumbent may be required to travel internationally and domestically.

Experience in the practice of federal procurement law (preferably major weapon systems acquisition) is required.  Experience in international acquisition agreements or FMS matters is desired.  A demonstrated ability to work on matters in which there are no or few legal precedents as well as knowledge, understanding or experience with or of the Department of the Navy or Department of Defense are also desired.  Other factors that will be considered are experience in advising clients at the flag/general officer level or Senior Executive Service level and experience in providing legal advice in the traditional areas of Navy Office of General Counsel practice. 

This position will be filled at the GS-14 or GS-15 level and will be based upon the successful applicant’s qualifications. 

Interested attorneys may contact Keleigh Zelek at 202-433-5372 or Tim Hickey at 202-433-5370.

Applicants should submit a cover letter; resume; two writing samples (not to exceed ten total pages; portions of longer work product are acceptable); the name and phone number of applicant’s current immediate supervisor, the names and phone numbers of three references (other than the immediate supervisor) who may be contacted; and the two most recent performance appraisals (if available).

Electronic applications are required and should be sent via e-mail to Keleigh Zelek at keleigh.zelek@navy.mil.  Due to COVID-19 hardcopy applications are not being accepted at this time.

This personnel notice will close on August 19, 2020, 11:59:59 PM (EST), and applications must be received electronically by this date and time to be considered.
92-20 Assistant Counsel 8/7/2020Naval Base San Diego, CAGS-13/14
Assistant Counsel
There is a vacancy for an attorney to serve as an Assistant Counsel in the Office of Counsel at the Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) located at Naval Base San Diego. The position will be filled at the GS-13 or 14 level and has a full performance level of GS-14. The actual grade will depend on the qualifications of the successful applicant.

The SWRMC team provides superior ship maintenance, modernization, technical support, intermediate support and selective maintenance training for over 100 surface ships, submarines, shore activities and other commands of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. SWRMC also administers Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) contracts for depot level repairs, which are extensive industrial repairs performed during periodic ship overhauls and dedicated repair availabilities by Navy and commercial shipyards.  NAVSEA is responsible for the development, acquisition, and maintenance of ships, shipboard systems and ordnance for the Department of the Navy (DON), with an annual budget of over $30 billion and a workforce of roughly 83,000 military and civilian personnel. The SWRMC Office of Counsel is a field office within the Office of Counsel for NAVSEA. The NAVSEA Office of Counsel has over 150 lawyers located at the Washington Navy Yard Headquarters and in 21 field offices throughout the United States. The SWRMC Office of Counsel comprises four attorneys and one paralegal and has a varied workload covering the full range of the DON Office of the General Counsel's (OGC) practice, with emphasis on federal acquisition law, civilian personnel law (CPL), ethics and standards of conduct, and fiscal law.

The successful candidate will be expected to practice primarily in civilian personnel law, but will also provide legal services in the areas of ethics, standards of conduct, the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act, and fiscal law. 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 disciplinary actions, performance appraisals, investigations, requests for reasonable accommodation, security matters, and Federal Employee’s Compensation Act matters. Depending on the candidate’s qualifications and the needs of the office, the successful candidate may also provide legal services in the area of federal acquisition law.

Applicants should submit a resume, two brief legal writing samples (no longer than 10 pages total) that demonstrate analytical and/or advocacy abilities, two recent performance appraisals (if available), and names and telephone numbers of at least three references who may be contacted.  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. Current federal employees must also provide a copy of their most recent SF-50.  Please redact social security numbers from any submitted documents. Performance appraisals should include the rating official's narrative. The application should indicate the lowest grade level that the applicant will consider.  Interested attorneys are encouraged to contact Ms. Lisa Simon at (619) 556-1068, or by e-mail at lisa.simon@navy.mil for more information.

Electronic applications are preferred and should be sent to nssc_navsea_ogc_vaca@navy.mil. The subject line of the message should state the Personnel Notice Number. Although less desirable because of possible security delays, applicants may send applications by FedEx to:

NAVSEA 00L4
Attn: Ms. Effie Lewis-Robinson
Naval Sea Systems Command
1333 Isaac Hull Avenue SE Stop 1150
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20376-1150

This Personnel Notice will close on August 7, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM, EST, and applications must be received by this date and time to be considered.
95-20 Assistant Counsel8/14/2020Washington, DCGS-13/14/15
Assistant Counsel
There is a vacancy for an attorney to serve as an Assistant Counsel within the General Law Branch of the Office of Counsel, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) within the Office of Counsel, Office of Naval Research (ONR). The position is physically located at the Naval Research Laboratory main site in Washington, D.C.

NRL is a premier research facility with cutting-edge research programs in the basic sciences and advanced technology development. NRL is the corporate research laboratory for the Navy and Marine Corps and conducts a broad spectrum of scientific research and development of advanced technologies. NRL’s 30 person Office of Counsel supports these efforts by providing the full range of legal services related to acquisition, civilian personnel law, technology transfer, FOIA, standards of conduct, facilities, and the protection of Government developed technologies. NRL is located in Washington, DC with field sites in Stennis MS, and Monterey CA. NRL Assistant Counsels (General Law) provide legal advice to a diverse workforce of scientists, engineers, and associated support staffs, including many SES and ST’s, on all matters involving areas of General Law responsibility. Primary responsibilities of the position include acquisition, non-FAR contracts under 10 USC 2539b, export controls, ethics matters and special projects. The position reports to the Deputy Counsel, NRL.

The incumbent serves as a primary advisor regarding contracts and grants and oversees the NRL 10 USC 2539b program. The incumbent will also provide legal advice on a wide range of General Law matters including export control, technology transfer, post-employment counseling, financial disclosure reviews, base operational issues, and special interest projects as assigned. The incumbent may be called upon to provide advice on virtually any area of OGC practice.

The duties and responsibilities of the position include conducting legal research and investigating the facts and the law; preparing or drafting NRL policy instructions or guidance; advocating NRL unique scientific research issues within the broader DON/DoD community; clearly communicating complex research initiatives to other government agencies and the public; reviewing proposed and finalized legislation and regulations for their impacts to NRL; and, briefing Senior Executive Service members. Substantial experience in advising senior clients and in working with other components of the DoD, Federal and state agencies, government research laboratories and industry is also desirable.

Occasional travel will be required.

This is an excepted service position and will be filled at the NO-IV/V level (GS-13/14/15 equivalent). Pay will be set commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications and funding availability.
Applicants should submit a cover letter; resume; two writing samples that demonstrate analytical and/or advocacy abilities (each less than 10 pages; portions of longer work products are acceptable, at least one of which must be in the area of acquisition law); the two most recent performance appraisals, if applicable; and the names and telephone numbers of at least three references who may be contacted. Current Federal employees should indicate in their application their present GS level or equivalent, and salary.

Questions regarding the position can be addressed to: Charles Steenbuck, NRL Deputy Counsel, at Charles.steenbuck@nrl.navy.mil.

Electronic transmission of applications is required and should be sent to: Mrs. Shartell Benjamin at: shartell.benjamin@nrl.navy.mil. Due to COVID-19 we are not accepting applications via mail or FEDEX at this time.

This announcement will close on August 14, 2020, at 11:59:59 PM EST, and 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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