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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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101-19 Trial Attorney/Senior Trial Attorney (Environmental)10/23/2019Washington Navy Yard, Washington DCGS-13/14/15
Trial Attorney/Senior Trial Attorney (Environmental)
The Navy and Marine Corps team offers innovative, exciting and meaningful work linking military and civilian talents to achieve our mission and safeguard our freedoms.  The Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel has been serving the Department since 1941 and is committed to developing innovative legal solutions to the business and other challenges facing the Navy and Marine Corps to enhance the war fighting capability of the Naval Service.  You will find our attorneys stationed across the United States and worldwide, working with Navy and Marine Corps personnel wherever the Department's business is conducted.
There is a vacancy for a Trial Attorney/Senior Trial Attorney on one of two defensive environmental litigation teams within the Naval Litigation Office (NLO), Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Department of the Navy (DON). Consistent with OGC/NLO policies and procedures, the attorneys on the defensive environmental litigation teams represent the DON in its defense against claims under various pollution control laws, especially the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The trial attorneys also represent the DON in litigation under natural resource protection and planning statutes such as the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as well as under real property laws. NLO environmental litigation attorneys work closely with Department of Justice attorneys, primarily in the Environment and Natural Resource Division. The cases are demanding, may involve hundreds of millions of dollars and/or affect Naval operations, and frequently require working with high-ranking officials.
The position will be filled under the General Schedule (GS) pay system at a grade from GS 13 through 15, depending on the qualifications of the successful applicant. To be selected at the GS-15 level, the applicant must have a minimum of five-and-a-half years of recent and relevant legal experience, to include environmental law or complex civil litigation (environmental litigation is preferred). To be selected at the GS-14 level, an applicant must have a minimum of three-and-a-half years of recent and relevant legal experience, including demonstrated experience in environmental law or complex civil litigation (environmental litigation is preferred). To be selected at the GS-13 level, the applicant must have in excess of two years of recent and relevant legal experience, including demonstrated experience in environmental law or complex civil litigation (environmental litigation is preferred).
111-19 Assistant Counsel10/20/2019Yokosuka, JapanGS-13/14
Assistant Counsel
The Navy and Marine Corps team offers innovative, exciting and meaningful work linking military and civilian talents to achieve our mission and safeguard our freedoms.  The Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel has been serving the Department since 1941 and is committed to developing innovative legal solutions to the business and other challenges facing the Navy and Marine Corps to enhance the war fighting capability of the Naval Service.  You will find our attorneys stationed across the United States and worldwide, working with Navy and Marine Corps personnel wherever the Department's business is conducted.

There are two attorney position vacancies to serve as Assistant Counsel within the Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Office of General Counsel (OGC).  The positions are located in Yokosuka, Japan, and reports directly to the Region Counsel who serves the Commander, Navy Region Japan (CNRJ) and Commander, Navy Region Korea (CNRK).  The selectee’s availability should allow for the move to Japan no later than December 2019.

Two attorneys will be selected from this announcement:  one GS-14 and one GS-13/14 developmental position.  To be eligible for selection at the GS-13 level, the successful applicant must have in excess of two years of relevant legal experience in any of the OGC practice areas.  To be eligible for selection at the GS-14 level, the successful applicant must have at least three and 1/2 years of relevant legal experience in any of the OGC practice areas.  Pay retention will be offered to the selectee if the pay would otherwise be less.  The successful applicants’ salaries will be set commensurate with their qualifications, funding availability, and General Schedule pay setting guidelines. 

Applicants will be evaluated on their:
(1) Extent of knowledge, understanding, or experience the civilian employment and host nation labor law or installation management law and demonstrated capability to become proficient in other OGC practice areas;
(2) Research and analytical skills, including ability to communicate both verbally and in writing;
(3) Ability to immediately assume responsibility for an active litigation case load or workload, including a demonstrated ability to learn quickly and to handle matters of first impression;
(4) Ability to foster strong attorney-client relationships; and
(5) Ability to work independently and as part of a team, with some supervision at the GS-13 level, and minimal supervision at the GS-14 level. 

Additionally, applicants with a record of making significant contributions to the advancement of DON OGC or equivalent Office of General Counsel or law firm/office beyond the day-to-day legal practice are desired, e.g., membership on committees or groups that further the law practice or client business, pro bono work, or activities that connect attorneys that may be geographically dispersed.

The CNRJ/CNRK Office of General Counsel reports to the Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Office of Counsel, Washington Navy Yard, D.C.  The CNIC Office of General Counsel is under the general supervision and coordination of the Department of the Navy (DON) Office of the General Counsel (OGC) and provides legal services to CNIC and its Region activities.  CNIC’s mission is to provide consistent, effective, and efficient shore installation services and support to sustain and improve current and future Fleet readiness and mission execution.  As Echelon III commands, CNRJ and CNRK currently are two of ten Navy Regions reporting to CNIC and each executes the CNIC mission by coordinating base operating support for Navy installations and activities operating in Japan, Korea, and Diego Garcia, a British territory, and Singapore.  CNRJ also has a significant in-house workforce consisting primarily of Japanese nationals.  More information about CNRJ/CNFJ and CNRK/CNFK can be found at: http://www.cnic.navy.mil/map.html.

The legal practice of this office is multi-disciplinary and includes providing advice on the full range of issues encountered by the client, with a concentration on matters that arise in support of the operation of Navy installations.  The practice areas addressed in this office involve civilian personnel law, including litigation and foreign national labor relations issues, federal acquisition law, land use law, non-appropriated fund activities and contracting, commercial sponsorship agreements, fiscal law, and environmental law.  Workload also includes Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act matters and ethics.  Additionally, legal issues often arise within the context of U.S. rights and obligations under the U.S./Japan Status of Forces Agreement, U.S./Korea Status of Forces Agreement, agreements with Singapore and other international agreements.
112-19 Assistant Counsel (Environmental/Land Use)10/20/2019Naples, ItalyGS-14
Assistant Counsel (Environmental/Land Use)
The Navy and Marine Corps team offers innovative, exciting and meaningful work linking military and civilian talents to achieve our mission and safeguard our freedoms.  The Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel has been serving the Department since 1941 and is committed to developing innovative legal solutions to the business and other challenges facing the Navy and Marine Corps to enhance the war fighting capability of the Naval Service.  You will find our attorneys stationed across the United States and worldwide, working with Navy and Marine Corps personnel wherever the Department's business is conducted.

There is an anticipated vacancy for an attorney to serve in the position of Assistant Counsel (Environmental/Land Use) within the Office of Counsel, Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC).  This position is located in Naples, Italy in support of Commander Navy Region Europe, Africa, Central (CNREURAFCENT).  CNREURAFCENT is one of ten regions that reports to CNIC with the Region Counsel, CNREURAFCENT reporting to Counsel, CNIC. The Team CNIC OGC organization, led by Counsel, CNIC, is under the general supervision and coordination of the Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel (DON OGC) and provides commercial and business legal services to the CNIC enterprise.

CNIC's mission is to provide consistent, effective, and efficient shore installation services and support to sustain and improve current and future Fleet readiness and mission execution.  CNIC is a subordinate command (Echelon II) to the Chief of Naval Operations.  CNREURAFCENT, which is an Echelon III command, executes the CNIC mission by coordinating base operating support for naval commands and activities operating throughout Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia.  For more information about CNREURAFCENT, please visit: https://www.cnic.navy.mil/Europe/index.htm.

This position is located in a demanding, fast-paced overseas environment that will require an attorney who is committed to meeting the many challenges that the position, location, and clients will place upon the individual.  The incumbent is a member of the CNREURAFCENT OGC staff, reporting to the Deputy Region Counsel, CNREURAFCENT.  The incumbent supports Region and CNIC mission readiness, objectives, and goals by providing the Region Commander, installation commanding officers, and their respective staffs with timely and effective legal review, advice, and representational services, with an emphasis on environmental, land use, and international law.  The incumbent’s practice requires an understanding of Treaties, including Status of Forces Agreements, other international and other agreements between the United States or United States Components and host nation governments as well as knowledge of local host nation environmental laws and their applicability to Navy installations and activities in the CNREURAFCENT area of operations.  The incumbent also provides legal analysis and support for the Lead Environmental Component in a number of CNREURAFCENT countries and provides legal review of all overseas environmental compliance and planning documentation to the Region Commander.

The incumbent also will be asked to provide assistance in other practice areas that comprise the full range of installation management law, including business and commercial law, civilian personal law (appropriated, non-appropriated, and foreign nationals), real and personal property, morale, welfare, and recreation, and international business transaction law.  The exposure to all facets of legal/business issues across the installation management arena allows Team CNIC OGC attorneys to become familiar with issues outside of their areas of expertise, which is of great benefit to the CNIC and region clients.  The majority of the incumbent’s time will be spent at Naval Support Activity, Naples, Italy, and may require temporary duty travel from time-to-time to various sites across the CNREURAFCENT geographical areas of responsibility.
120-19 Senior Counsel (Energy and Compatibility)10/23/2019Pentagon, Washington, DCGS-15
Senior Counsel (Energy and Compatibility)
The Navy and Marine Corps team offers innovative, exciting and meaningful work linking military and civilian talents to achieve our mission and safeguard our freedoms.  The Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel has been serving the Department since 1941 and is committed to developing innovative legal solutions to the business and other challenges facing the Navy and Marine Corps to enhance the war fighting capability of the Naval Service.  You will find our attorneys stationed across the United States and worldwide, working with Navy and Marine Corps personnel wherever the Department's business is conducted.

There is a vacancy for an attorney to serve as Senior Counsel (Energy and Compatibility) within the Office of the Assistant General Counsel (Energy, Installations and Environment) (AGC (EI&E)) located at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.  The OAGC (EI&E) comprises seven attorneys who provide legal advice to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment) (ASN (EI&E)), senior clients, and their staffs, on all matters involving energy, real property management and long-term infrastructure requirements, real estate, environmental planning, compliance with environmental laws ashore and afloat, natural and cultural resource conservation, environmental restoration, base realignment and closure, sustainability, ethics, and occupational safety and health.  The position reports to the AGC (EI&E) through the Deputy AGC (EI&E).

The incumbent provides advice and counsel to senior clients within the Office of the ASN (EI&E) primarily on energy and compatibility policy matters including energy resilience, geothermal revenue, third-party financing, and encroachment from onshore and offshore development.  The incumbent also provides advice and counsel on strategic sourcing/OMB Circular A-76.  The incumbent will assist in drafting, reviewing, and interpreting complex energy-related legal, policy, and factual materials for the Navy Secretariat and the General Counsel of the Navy.  In addition to energy- and compatibility-related work, the incumbent may be asked to provide legal advice and counsel on any matter within the OAGC (EI&E) portfolio identified above.

The duties and responsibilities of the position include conducting legal research and investigating the facts and the law; preparing or drafting the necessary legal, policy, or guidance documents for the Secretariat; preparing members of the Secretariat staff and participating in negotiations on behalf of the Department of the Navy (DON) with government authorities, elected officials, industry, and the public; and, acting as legal advisor to one or more project managers or members of the Secretariat’s staff.  The incumbent will also monitor issues surrounding Department of Defense (DoD), other military department, and DON policies and programs in the aforementioned areas.  The incumbent may develop training materials, identify best practices, and otherwise assist DON attorneys in the above identified subject matter areas of practice.  It is desirable that the incumbent be familiar with DON installation energy initiatives, DON testing and training missions, as well as DON programs and initiatives across the entire EI&E portfolio.  Substantial experience in advising senior clients and in working with other components of the DoD, Federal agencies, state agencies, industry, and the Congress is also desirable. 
121-19 Counsel10/24/2019NAWCWD China Lake, CAGS-15
Counsel
The Navy and Marine Corps team offers innovative, exciting and meaningful work linking military and civilian talents to achieve our mission and safeguard our freedoms.  The Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel has been serving the Department since 1941 and is committed to developing innovative legal solutions to the business and other challenges facing the Navy and Marine Corps to enhance the war fighting capability of the Naval Service.  You will find our attorneys stationed across the United States and worldwide, working with Navy and Marine Corps personnel wherever the Department's business is conducted.

There is a current vacancy for the position of Counsel, Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division, China Lake, CA (NAWCWD). The NAVAIR Office of Counsel employs over 100 lawyers located throughout its headquarters and 9 field offices.  NAWCWD is a field activity of the Naval Air Systems Command. NAWCWD is the Navy's premier research, development, test, and evaluation activity for air-based weapons systems, including guided missiles and advanced weapons systems. NAWCWD performs research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT &E), logistics, integration of weapons and avionics on tactical aircraft, and in-service support for guided missiles, free-fall weapons, targets, support equipment, crew systems, and electronic warfare. NAWCWD operates a 1.1 million acre land range (larger than the state of Rhode Island) and a sea range of 36,000 square miles off the Southern California coast that includes San Nicolas Island. China Lake is located in the Indian Wells Valley part of the Mojave Desert, which is on the eastern side of California's Sierra Nevada mountain range. 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/2018/general-schedule/. For information about NAVAIR and NAWCWD, see http://www.navair.navy.mil/ and http://www.navair.navy.mil/nawcwd/command/Navy.aspx.

The Counsel, NAWCWD, leads the NAWCWD Office of Counsel and supervises six general attorneys, four intellectual property attorneys, and four support staff (paralegals and legal technicians). Most of the office, including the Counsel, is located at China Lake. Two of the general attorneys and one of the intellectual property attorneys are located in a satellite office at Point Mugu. The NAWCWD Office of Counsel has a varied workload covering the full range of OGC practice including: federal procurement law, intellectual property law, civilian personnel and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) law, environmental law, Freedom of Information and Privacy Act, fiscal law, and government ethics. In addition to leading the office, the Counsel maintains his or her own workload.

This position will be filled at the DA-06 (comparable to GS-15) pay band within the NAVAIR Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratory Personnel (STRL) System. The pay level offered will be based upon the successful applicant's qualifications and funding availability. To be eligible for selection at the GS-15-equivalent level, the applicant must have a minimum of five-and-one-half years of relevant legal experience.
122-19 Assistant Counsel10/24/2019Virginia Beach, VAGS-11/12/13/14
Assistant Counsel
The Navy and Marine Corps team offers innovative, exciting and meaningful work linking military and civilian talents to achieve our mission and safeguard our freedoms.  The Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel has been serving the Department since 1941 and is committed to developing innovative legal solutions to the business and other challenges facing the Navy and Marine Corps to enhance the war fighting capability of the Naval Service.  You will find our attorneys stationed across the United States and worldwide, working with Navy and Marine Corps personnel wherever the Department's business is conducted.

There is an anticipated vacancy for an attorney to serve as an Assistant Counsel within the Office of Counsel, Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) Headquarters, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  NEXCOM Office of Counsel has five attorneys and four support staff at the Headquarters in Virginia Beach.  NEXCOM also has an attorney-adviser in its European District Office (EDO) and one attorney and one support staff at NEXCOM’s Western District Office (WDO) in San Diego, CA.  NEXCOM is a field office of the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Office of Counsel headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

NEXCOM is an Echelon III Command tasked with providing administrative and technical support for the worldwide Navy Exchange Enterprise, which is comprised of not only the $3 billion dollar in sales Navy Exchange retail stores; but also the Ship’s Store Program; the Navy Lodge Program; the Navy’s Personal Telecommunications Program Office; and the Navy Uniform Program.  NEXCOM has approximately 12,000 civilian employees, the vast majority of whom are non-appropriated fund (NAF) employees not covered by most programs administered by the Office of Personnel Management.  Additional information may be found on NEXCOM’s public website, www.mynavyexchange.com.

The NEXCOM Office of Counsel has a varied workload covering many traditional OGC practice areas.  While this position is primarily focused on civilian personnel law and EEO, the successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate a knowledge of and provide guidance in contract law, ethics and standards of conduct, FOIA, fiscal law, arbitration and union related issues, litigation, client counseling, as well as advice and representation in those areas of the law unique to nonappropriated fund instrumentalities (NAFIs).  The successful candidate will be expected to play a lead role in representing the Command in EEO claims, advising on labor management relations, as well as other employment matters.  Because of the diverse geographic locations of NEXCOM activities, substantial travel may be necessary.
123-19 Assistant/Associate Counsel11/4/2019West Bethesda, MDGS-14/15
Assistant/Associate Counsel
The Navy and Marine Corps team offers innovative, exciting and meaningful work linking military and civilian talents to achieve our mission and safeguard our freedoms.  The Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel has been serving the Department since 1941 and is committed to developing innovative legal solutions to the business and other challenges facing the Navy and Marine Corps to enhance the war fighting capability of the Naval Service.  You will find our attorneys stationed across the United States and worldwide, working with Navy and Marine Corps personnel wherever the Department's business is conducted.

There is an anticipated vacancy for an attorney within the Office of Counsel at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD), West Bethesda, MD.  NSWCCD is one of ten Divisions within the Naval Surface Warfare Center of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).  NSWCCD's approximately 2000 military, civil service, engineers, scientists, technicians and administrative personnel provide cradle-to-grave support for its technical products over a broad range of scientific areas related to surface and undersea platforms. Such support addresses the full spectrum of applied maritime science and technology, which includes all technical aspects of improving the performance of ships, submarines, military water craft and unmanned vehicles. In addition, NSWCCD performs research for military logistics systems and is uniquely chartered by Congress to support America's maritime industry. NSWCCD is located in Bethesda, Maryland and has detachments in Virginia, Tennessee, Florida, Idaho, Washington and Alaska.

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 approximately $30 billion and a workforce of roughly 70,000 military and civilian personnel.  The NSWCCD 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 NSWCCD Office of Counsel is comprised of eight attorneys and three administrative assistants 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), related litigation, ethics, fiscal, and intellectual property law.

The successful candidate will be expected to practice primarily in civilian personnel law and related litigation, 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 position may be filled at the NT-V (comparable to GS-14) pay band within the NAVSEA Warfare Center Personnel Demonstration Project. If the position is filled at the NT-V (GS-14 equivalent) level, it is expected that the position will have promotion potential to the NT-VI (GS-15 equivalent) level. Selection may be also made at the NT-VI level only for an exceptional candidate. As the desired grade level rises, concentrated and relevant experience in CPL and labor law and familiarity with OGC and DON processes and procedures becomes increasingly important. The pay band and equivalent grade level offered will be based upon the successful applicant's qualifications and funding availability.

To be eligible for selection at the NT-V (GS-14-equivalent), applicants must have at least three-and-one-half years of relevant legal experience in CPL and related litigation. To be eligible for selection at the NT-VI (GS-15-equivalent), the applicant must have at least five-and-one half years of legal experience in federal CPL and related litigation. However, selection is expected to be made at the NT-VI level only for exceptional candidates with expert knowledge of and significant experience in CPL and related litigation.
124-19 11/4/2019West Bethesda, MDGS-14/15
Assistant/Associate Counsel
The Navy and Marine Corps team offers innovative, exciting and meaningful work linking military and civilian talents to achieve our mission and safeguard our freedoms.  The Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel has been serving the Department since 1941 and is committed to developing innovative legal solutions to the business and other challenges facing the Navy and Marine Corps to enhance the war fighting capability of the Naval Service.  You will find our attorneys stationed across the United States and worldwide, working with Navy and Marine Corps personnel wherever the Department's business is conducted.

There is an anticipated vacancy for an attorney within the Office of Counsel at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD), West Bethesda, MD.  NSWCCD is one of ten Divisions within the Naval Surface Warfare Center of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).  NSWCCD's approximately 2000 military, civil service, engineers, scientists, technicians and administrative personnel provide cradle-to-grave support for its technical products over a broad range of scientific areas related to surface and undersea platforms. Such support addresses the full spectrum of applied maritime science and technology, which includes all technical aspects of improving the performance of ships, submarines, military water craft and unmanned vehicles. In addition, NSWCCD performs research for military logistics systems and is uniquely chartered by Congress to support America's maritime industry. NSWCCD is located in Bethesda, Maryland and has detachments in Virginia, Tennessee, Florida, Idaho, Washington and Alaska.

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 approximately $30 billion and a workforce of roughly 70,000 military and civilian personnel.  The NSWCCD 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 NSWCCD Office of Counsel is comprised of eight attorneys and three administrative assistants 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), related litigation, ethics, fiscal, and intellectual property law.

The successful candidate will be expected to practice primarily in federal acquisition law and related litigation, 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 position may be filled at the NT-V (comparable to GS-14) pay band within the NAVSEA Warfare Center Personnel Demonstration Project. If the position is filled at the NT-V (GS-14 equivalent) level, it is expected that the position will have promotion potential to the NT-VI (GS-15 equivalent) level. Selection may be also made at the NT-VI level only for an exceptional candidate. As the desired grade level rises, concentrated and relevant experience in federal acquisition law and familiarity with OGC and DON processes and procedures becomes increasingly important. The pay band and equivalent grade level offered will be based upon the successful applicant's qualifications and funding availability.

To be eligible for selection at the NT-V (GS-14-equivalent), applicants must have at least three-and-one-half years of relevant legal experience in federal acquisition law. To be eligible for selection at the NT-VI (GS-15-equivalent), the applicant must have at least five-and-one half years of legal experience in federal acquisition law. However, selection is expected to be made at the NT-VI level only for exceptional candidates with expert knowledge of and significant experience in federal acquisition law and related litigation.

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following: (1) the depth, breadth, and quality of experience in federal acquisition law and related litigation; (2) experience in the other relevant practice areas, i.e., ethics, fiscal and FOIA/PA law; (3) research, analytical, writing, and oral communication skills; (4) interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop strong attorney-client relationships; and (5) the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Knowledge of the DON, NAVSEA, and OGC is desirable, but not mandatory. Applicants with a record of making significant contributions to the advancement of the DON OGC or equivalent legal office beyond the day to day legal practice are desired.
125-19 Associate Counsel11/5/2019Twentynine Palms, CAGS-13/14
Associate Counsel
The Navy and Marine Corps team offers innovative, exciting and meaningful work linking military and civilian talents to achieve our mission and safeguard our freedoms.  The Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel has been serving the Department since 1941 and is committed to developing innovative legal solutions to the business and other challenges facing the Navy and Marine Corps to enhance the war fighting capability of the Naval Service.  You will find our attorneys stationed across the United States and worldwide, working with Navy and Marine Corps personnel wherever the Department's business is conducted.

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 expected opportunity for an attorney to serve in the position of Associate Counsel within the Office of the Counsel, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC), Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command (MAGTFTC), Twentynine Palms, California.  Twentynine Palms is located in the high desert in San Bernardino County, approximately 50 miles from Palm Springs.  The Office of Counsel, MCAGCC, MAGTFTC, is a field office of the Western Area Counsel Office under the Office of Counsel for the Commandant.  The Office of Counsel, MCAGCC, MAGTFTC, principally provides legal support to the Commanding General, MCAGCC, MAGTFTC.  The incumbent reports to the Counsel, MCAGCC, MAGTFTC, and is under the general supervision of the Western Area Counsel Office and the Office of Counsel for the Commandant.  The Office of Counsel, MCAGCC, MAGTFTC, is responsible for the full range of OGC legal services, including legal advice and representation in the areas of civilian personnel law, labor law, environmental law, real property law, procurement, and ethics. 

The successful candidate will be expected to provide legal support across the full range of DON OGC practice areas, with an emphasis on laws, rules, and regulations in the areas of civilian personnel and labor law (CPL), including litigation before 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. 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 is expected to be filled at the GS-13 or 14 level.  The grade level offered will be based upon the successful applicant's qualifications, the needs of the office, and funding availability.  To be eligible for selection at the GS-13 level, the applicant must have in excess of two years of recent and relevant successful experience in CPL.  Eligibility for selection at the GS-14 level requires at least three and one-half years of recent and relevant successful experience in CPL.  An LLM with a specialization in labor law or federal litigation may be substituted for one year of the required practice experience for consideration at the GS-14 level. An LL.M. in other practice areas will be favorably considered.
126-19 Associate Counsel, Civilian Personnel and Labor Law10/27/2019Camp Lejeune, NCGS-13/14
Associate Counsel, Civilian Personnel and Labor Law
The Navy and Marine Corps team offers innovative, exciting and meaningful work linking military and civilian talents to achieve our mission and safeguard our freedoms.  The Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel has been serving the Department since 1941 and is committed to developing innovative legal solutions to the business and other challenges facing the Navy and Marine Corps to enhance the war fighting capability of the Naval Service.  You will find our attorneys stationed across the United States and worldwide, working with Navy and Marine Corps personnel wherever the Department's business is conducted.

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. Civilian Personnel and 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, Civilian Personnel and 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 is expected to be filled at the GS-13 or 14 level.  The grade level offered will be based upon the successful applicant's qualifications, the needs of the office, and funding availability.  To be eligible for selection at the GS-13 level, the applicant must have in excess of two years of recent and relevant CPL experience; eligibility at the GS-14 level requires three and one-half years of recent and relevant legal experience in CPL matters.  An LLM with a specialization in labor law or federal litigation may be substituted for one year of the required practice experience to qualify at the GS-14 level. An LL.M. in other practice areas is favorably considered.
127-19 Associate Counsel, Environmental LawNew11/4/2019MCB Quantico, VAGS-14
Associate Counsel, Environmental Law
The Navy and Marine Corps team offers innovative, exciting and meaningful work linking military and civilian talents to achieve our mission and safeguard our freedoms.  The Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel has been serving the Department since 1941 and is committed to developing innovative legal solutions to the business and other challenges facing the Navy and Marine Corps to enhance the war fighting capability of the Naval Service.  You will find our attorneys stationed across the United States and worldwide, working with Navy and Marine Corps personnel wherever the Department's business is conducted.

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 for the position of Associate Counsel, Environmental Law, within the Quantico Area Counsel Office (QACO) located at Marine Corps Base Quantico (MCBQ), Quantico, Virginia.  QACO is a field office of the Office of the Counsel for the Commandant, United States Marine Corps.  QACO consists of 9 attorneys and 2 support staff and is responsible for providing the full spectrum of legal advice to diverse USMC activities located aboard MCBQ and throughout the National Capitol Region.  QACO clients include:  Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC), the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, the Training and Education Command, the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Marine Corps Systems Command, and the Marine Corps Recruiting Command. 

The successful candidate will be expected to provide legal support across a full range of OGC practice areas, with a focus on environmental and land use law.  With respect to environmental law, among other duties, the successful candidate will review and respond to questions relating to actions, and proposed actions of the supported Marine Corps commands involving the application of the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, Toxic Substances Control Act, Endangered Species Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and other Federal and statutes and regulations.  The incumbent will also consider and advise clients on state and local regulations, governing substantive environmental control and compliance.  With respect to land use law, in conjunction with attorneys representing Naval Facilities Engineering Command, the successful candidate will provide all necessary legal services involving the acquisition, management, and disposal of real property.  Additionally, in support of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, the successful applicant may assume responsibilities in a broad range of legal disciplines specific to the operation of Federal museums and preservation of historic assets, including fiscal law with an emphasis on receipt and use of gifts, volunteer services, and other funding arrangements with tax-exempt support and fund raising foundations; and historic preservation law. 

This is an excepted service position and will be filled at the GS-14 level.  The grade level offered will be based upon the successful candidate’s qualifications and funding availability.  To be eligible for selection at the GS-14 level, the applicant must have at least three and 1/2 years of successful legal experience in the environmental and/or land use area.  An LLM with a specialization in environmental or land use law may be substituted for one year of the required practice experience to qualify at the GS-14 level. An LL.M. in other practice areas will be favorably considered.
128-19 Associate Counsel, Environmental/Land UseNew11/4/2019Okinawa, JapanGS-14
Associate Counsel, Environmental/Land Use
The Navy and Marine Corps team offers innovative, exciting and meaningful work linking military and civilian talents to achieve our mission and safeguard our freedoms.  The Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel has been serving the Department since 1941 and is committed to developing innovative legal solutions to the business and other challenges facing the Navy and Marine Corps to enhance the war fighting capability of the Naval Service.  You will find our attorneys stationed across the United States and worldwide, working with Navy and Marine Corps personnel wherever the Department's business is conducted.

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 anticipated vacancy for the position of Associate Counsel (Environmental and Land Use), for the Pacific Area Counsel Office (PACO), located on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan.  PACO is a regional field office of the Office of Counsel for the Commandant,  U.S. Marine Corps.  PACO provides a full range of legal support to clients that include the Commanding General, Marine Corps Installations Pacific-Marine Corps Base Camp Butler (MCIPAC-MCB Camp Butler); the Commanding General, III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF); and all subordinate commands and commanders in Japan and the Republic of Korea.  The successful applicant will be expected to provide legal support across the full spectrum of DoN OGC practice areas, with a focus on environmental and land use law.  The full spectrum of practice includes civilian personnel law, fiscal law, procurement law, FOIA/Privacy Act, and ethics. 

The position is expected to be filled at the GS-14 level.  The grade level offered will be based upon the successful applicant's qualifications, the needs of the office, and funding availability.  To be eligible for selection at the GS-14 level, the applicant must have at least three and 1/2 years of recent and relevant legal experience in environmental/land use law.  An LLM with a specialization in environmental/land use law may be substituted for one year of the required practice experience. An LL.M. in other practice areas will be favorably 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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