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Senior Attorney Advisor - DC Criminal Code Reform Commission



This position is in the District of Columbia Criminal Code Reform Commission (CCRC). The Council of the District of Columbia (the Council) established the CCRC in 2016 to recommend comprehensive reforms to improve District criminal law. The Commission is authorized to make recommendations to change law or policy relating to criminal law in the District of Columbia, including changes to substantive criminal law, sentencing policy, and criminal procedure.

This position functions as a Senior Attorney Advisor for the CCRC, responsible for formulating proposed reforms to criminal law in the District. The work involves researching District law and practice, law and best practices in other jurisdictions, and any relevant legal academic writing or social science research.

Major Duties

The incumbent will be responsible for conducting extensive legal research related to reforms of the District’s criminal laws and procedures, and provides detailed oral or written opinions with respect to proposed actions, alternative actions, and hypothetical situations related to these reforms.  Drafts proposed reforms to D.C. criminal laws, along with explanatory legal and policy analyses. Ensures that all proposed changes are fully researched and briefed.  Examines and analyzes proposed legislation and other legal documents from various sources for legal sufficiency, both as to the form and substance of rulemaking decisions.

Draws legal conclusions and drafts clear, effective, and precise memoranda discussing the proposed reforms. Reviews criminal legislation pending before the D.C. Council as necessary and may provide written and oral testimony to deliver to the Council. Performs the research and provides oral or written opinions resulting from such analysis.  Prepares memoranda on legal questions and proposals; and drafts tentative documents for consideration by the Executive Director.  Monitors and reviews the work of attorneys, and/or interns, and provides appropriate feedback, as assigned. Assists other CCRC staff members in fulfilling the CCRC’S mandates. Provides technical guidance and assistance to law clerks and/or paralegals working for the CCRC.

Qualification and Experience

Must possess a LLB or Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), plus a minimum of three (3) years of experience in the legal field, preferably in criminal law, sentencing policy, and criminal procedure, or related experience. Must be an active member in good standing of the District of Columbia Bar or have the ability to waive in and be admitted within 360 days of appointment. An appointee to the Legal Service position shall remain a member in good standing of the District of Columbia Bar during his/her employment in the Legal Service.

Working Conditions/Environment

The work is performed in an adequately lighted and climate-controlled office.

Domicile Requirements

Applicant will be subject to the domiciliary requirements for Excepted Service appointees, who must be domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of appointment or become domiciled in the District of Columbia within 180 days after appointment and maintain such domicile for the duration of his or her appointment.

Vaccination Requirement

The Government of the District of Columbia values the safety of our employees, our residents, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption from your representative. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption before working with the Government of the District of Columbia.

Other Significant Facts

Tour of Duty:  8:15am – 4:45pm Monday – Friday

Pay Plan, Series, Grade: ES-0301-08

Salary Range: $102,364 - $153,548

Promotional Potential: None

Collective Bargaining Unit:  This position is not covered under a collective bargaining unit.

Position Designation:  This position is designated as Security Sensitive.  The incumbents of this position will be subject to enhanced suitability screening pursuant to Chapter 4 of DC personnel regulations, Suitability.

EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to [email protected]. Applications will be screened as they are received. Only individuals who meet the minimum qualifications will be contacted.