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Attorney Adviser General

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U.S Department of the Air Force

Andrews Air Force Base, MD

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The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win?in air, space and cyberspace.

To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. Core competencies and distinctive capabilities are based on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.


The primary purpose of this position is to provide a continuous source of expertise and corporate knowledge to the Trial Defense Division (JAJD) by training personnel, serving as reach-back to the field and utilizing technical knowledge and expertise to perform strategic planning and policy development. Develops and disseminates defense policy, specializing in the fields of criminal law, complex criminal litigation, and litigation involving special victims and sexual assault. Maintains expertise in the military defense community on all matters relating to the defense of Airmen facing serious charges including sexual misconduct.

Researches, compiles, and analyzes adverse action statistics, trends, and political and/or legislative/regulatory environment and other relevant data to inform/aid formation of new policy and guidance. Monitors developments in state and federal law across every U.S. jurisdiction or territory that impacts the provision of defense services and provides detailed analysis of same for use by the Chief, Trial Defense Division in formulating strategic direction. Analyzes significant state and federal case law decisions that may impact provision of defense services and formulates and implements proposed changes to defense practices across the enterprise based on analytical findings and conclusions.

Advises and assists congressional committees and their staffs in drafting legislation and giving expert testimony before congressional hearings on legislative proposals. Further advises Chief, Trial Defense Services on all matters of trial advocacy, training and resource allocation. Responds to inquiries from the field on the full range of issues and problems associated with the defense of Airmen including the defense of special victim and sexual assault cases.

Independently reviews, researches and develops solutions to problems involving legal, factual, and political questions, often novel in nature and without analogous precedent. Provides expert legal counsel, advice, and guidance in extremely complex and sensitive cases to the Division Chief, issues authoritative and comprehensive guidance on the military justice matters directly relating to the rights of Airmen across the Air Force.

Trains personnel to represent military members in adverse proceedings more effectively. Coordinates and supervises the development and implementation of the special victim and sexual assault defense program. Advises and instructs trial defense counsel at every level of experience and expertise to improve defense counsel judgment and performance in the defense of sexual assault offenses and offenses involving special victims.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

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Applications will be accepted from U.S. Citizens (U.S. citizenship required at time of application).

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Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship is required

PCS expenses, if authorized, will be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations

Males must be registered for Selective Service, see

Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance


Must comply with all other requirements specified in Air Force Instruction 51-107, Employment of Civilian Attorneys

Work may require travel away from the normal duty station by ground transportation or military or commercial aircraft

Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance

Overtime may be required as workload demands

Position meets the professional exemption criteria for the Fair Labor Standards Act (5 CFR 551.207)



You MUST have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have the first professional law degree (LLB or JD). In addition, at the time of application, you must provide proof, dated within four months of application, of active status with a bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia. On-line information is allowed as long as it shows that you are in active status.


You MUST provide the following supporting documentation, at the time of application, to verify current bar membership: Copy of current Bar Membership/Card, Letter from the Bar or Print out from the Bar website showing you are in an active status and in good standing. Failure to submit all of the proper documentation will result in removal of your application from consideration.


At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal service or equivalent in other pay systems that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience must include: (1) Mastery and advanced professional knowledge in the practice of military trial defense work, including case law, statutes, regulatory directives and trial rules; (2) Expertise in trial strategy and tactics and knowledge of the latest technology necessary to conduct effective litigation research and analysis; (3) Ability to mentor, train and guide defense practitioners throughout the Air Force in research, analysis and evaluation of complex and difficult legal questions; (4) Responsible for ensuring policies, procedures and regulations are consistent with the intent of the law.



In lieu of OPM Qualification Standards, AFI 51-107, Employment of Civilian Attorneys, applies.


1. Extensive knowledge of constitutional law, jurisprudence, and federal criminal laws and procedures.

2. Appointee must possess a Juris Doctorate degree or equivalent from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.

3. Appointee must be an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a US state or territory.

4. Appointee must have at least five years' experience as a practicing attorney in the field of criminal law.

5. Appointee must have at least two years' experience as a defense counsel.

6. Expertise in trial strategy and tactics and skilled in conducting advanced legal research using modern methods.

7. Skilled in communicating legal information clearly, orally and in writing, and the ability to plan and organize work, and consult effectively.

8. Ability to answer questions, including substantive questions requiring research or technical knowledge.

9. Ability to mentor, train, and guide other counsel in research, analysis, and evaluation of complex and difficult legal questions in developing appropriate and effective trial defense strategies.

10. Ability to liaise with external offices, agencies, and organizations to successfully present defense positions, build consensus, and form effective working relationships.


Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours worked per week.


Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


Must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, and be currently licensed as an attorney, in active (or equivalent) status and in good standing, with the bar of a U.S. state, territory, or commonwealth. The attorney must maintain such bar membership in at least one jurisdiction during the entire course of employment with the Air Force.

Additional information

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):

For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click


. To be best-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated well qualified or above for this position. You must submit a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants):

Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.

90-Day Register:

This announcement may result in a 90-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 90 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.

Direct Deposit:

All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

The resume/documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of not qualified or insufficient information and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

Applicants who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Resume (your latest resume will be used to determine your qualifications). If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent (latest) version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is most recent. It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.

If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, you will not be considered for this vacancy.

For qualification determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and dates of employment (i.e., hours per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position.

2. A complete Application Questionnaire

3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below). Ensure all submitted documents contain your full name, address, phone number, and last four digits of your social security number.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance


Required Documents

Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be provided with your application for this Public Notice:




provide the following supporting documentation at the time of application to verify completed education and current active bar membership: copy of transcript reflecting required education; copy of current Bar Membership/Card; letter from the Bar, or printout from the Bar website (dated within four months of application) showing active status and in good standing. Verification of eligibility and supporting documentation must be submitted by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. It is your responsibility to ensure your appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. If you do not submit all of the required materials, we will not be able to process your application, and you will lose consideration for this position. No additional information will be solicited or accepted after the closing date.

Online Application - Questionnaire

Resume - must include beginning and ending month and year for each employment period, hours worked and supervisor

Transcripts (can be a copy)

Registration/License - active, current registration/license if applicable for the position

Veterans' Preference - a copy of your DD Form 214, which must include character of service or a Statement of Service/Proof of Service which must include service dates and character of service. In addition, if claiming 10-point preference you must submit a VA Letter or a disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces (or documentation of purple heart, if applicable) and a SF 15 (Application for 10-point veteran preference).


There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Defense considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor for attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) to their submissions if they wish to receive veterans' preference. Although the point-preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim a 10-point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed. (SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management Website at


The VOW Act Chapter 21 of Title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.), Section 2108a, requires Federal agencies treat active duty service member as veterans, disabled veterans, and preference eligible, when they submit, at the time they apply for a Federal job, a certification of active service in lieu of a DD-214, assuming the service member is otherwise eligible. A certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service. The service member's military service dates are necessary in order to determine whether he or she meets the definition of veteran under 5 U.S.C. 2108(1). The certification must reflect the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date of submission. The certification must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin (if applicable), your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e. honorable). Further, under paragraph (h) of the rule, agencies are required to verify a qualifying separation from military service prior to appointment, through the DD-214 or other appropriate documentation. Your preference and/or appointment eligibility will be verified prior to appointment. Active duty members that fail to provide a valid certification of service with their initial application will be found not eligible. Military members may be appointed before the effective date of their military retirement/separation if member is on terminal leave.


Applicants for attorney appointments do not require veterans' preference in order to be eligible for consideration.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from

schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

Benefits for federal employees

Healthcare insurance

Pay and leave

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win … in air, space and cyberspace. To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: developing Airmen, technology to war fighting and integrating operations. These core competencies make our six distinctive capabilities possible. Air and Space Superiority With it, joint forces can dominate enemy operations in all dimensions: land, sea, air and space. Global Attack Because of technological advances, the Air Force can attack anywhere, anytime and do so quickly and with greater precision than ever before.

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