KC LEGAL Endorses Adam Brown for Family Court Commissioner!

KC LEGAL is glad to announce its support for one of our own members, Adam Brown, as he seeks a position as a Family Court Commissioner for Circuit 16. Mr. Brown possesses all of the necessary qualities for the position and will work dutifully to provide equal justice. He will be an asset to the Court and the first openly gay man on the bench in Kansas City.  Good luck, Adam!

OPENING: Experienced Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office for Wichita, KS

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Kansas is accepting applications from experienced attorneys to fill an Assistant U.S. Attorney position in the Civil Division of the office’s Wichita, Kansas office.
Justice seeks to attract, retain, and promote individuals of exceptional ability and talent from all walks of life. The work environment and atmosphere is open, diverse, collegial, and inclusive. There are active affinity groups for African-American; Asian-American; Hispanic; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT); and Native American employees, which are open to all DOJ employees regardless of background. Justice fosters a work environment where people of all backgrounds and experiences may reach their full potential.
Thank you for your help in disseminating this vacancy announcement.  This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/attorneys-vacancies.

USAO District of Kansas
301 N Main, Suite 1200
Wichita, KS 67202
United States

About the Office: The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Kansas includes three offices which are located in Kansas City, Topeka, and Wichita, Kansas. This position is located in the Wichita, Kansas office.
Our mission is to protect the citizens of the district of Kansas from terrorism, crime and unlawful discrimination, to enforce federal laws and advance the interests of the United States government, to provide Federal leadership and serve as a catalyst for improving law enforcement through training and public education, and to perform our duties with integrity, professionalism and respect for the citizens we serve.

Job Description: Assistant United States Attorneys in the Civil Division have the opportunity to perform an important public service by representing the interests of the United States of America in all civil actions brought by or against the United States in both federal and state courts of law. In so doing, Assistant United States Attorneys immediately undertake responsibility for a high volume of litigation in a wide-range of practice areas. The areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to, actions on promissory notes, foreclosure cases, bankruptcy cases, social security cases, Bivens actions, actions brought by individuals in federal custody, actions brought under the Freedom of Information Act, actions seeking review of administrative actions of federal agencies, and actions to defend or enforce subpoenas. In addition, each attorney is assigned to one or more defensive specialization in the areas of medical malpractice, employment discrimination, administrative procedures litigation, prisoner litigation, and personal injury tort litigation. The attorney selected for this position will be assigned, in addition to the above mentioned areas of responsibility, to and area of defensive litigation with an emphasis on medical malpractice defense.
Required Qualifications:

Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 1 year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience, and must have demonstrated computer literacy skills, to include experience with automated research on the Internet, electronic mail and word processing systems.

United States citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications: Applicants should possess superior oral and written communications skills and should demonstrate incisive analytical ability, excellent judgment, and strong litigation skills. Applicants should be capable of managing complex, document intensive cases.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.

Assistant United States Attorney’s pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay is $45,932 to $135,519 plus 14.35% locality pay – Kansas.
1 to 5 nights of travel required per month.
Application Process:
Applications may be submitted online through the following link https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/426633300. The deadline to apply is February 8, 2016. If unable to apply online, the announcement provides instructions on faxing your documents in the “How to Apply” tab.

If you have questions: Feel free to contact Amy Ayala Hall, Human Resources Officer, at 316-269-6548 or amy.ayala@usdoj.gov

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Application Deadline: Monday, February 8, 2016
Relocation Expenses: Not authorized.
Number of Positions: 1
Updated January 27, 2016
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Department Policies
Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:   The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com

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and referencing “Federal Career Opportunities” in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com [external link].  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  See list of DPOCs.
Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys’ Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. Citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department’s mission and would be subject to strict security requirements.  Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans’ preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans’ preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans’ preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the “point” system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

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