Commensurate with experience; The primary work location may be Washington D.C. or one of four Regional Offices (Atlanta, Georgia; Denver, Colorado, Kansas City, Missouri, and San Francisco, California); or 8 field office locations (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Missoula, Montana, Little Rock, Arkansas, Temple, Texas, Juneau, Alaska and Portland, Oregon). Travel allowance.
5 openings available.
Internal Number: 97882BR
In furthering the public service legacy of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is seeking attorneys to further develop commitment to and skills for public service as Public Service and Leadership Development Fellows. Fellows will engage in ongoing study on the value of public service through coursework, participation in leadership groups, mentorship, and outreach for a period of 90 days followed by a transition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the General Counsel for two years of legal work under an Intergovernmental Personnel Agreement. Pay includes salary and benefits as well as $5,000 per year in travel expenses.
The Public Service and Leadership Development program will begin in early 2024 in Washington, D.C. in a one week launch event to begin collaboration and specific education on legal issues relevant to USDA including law and technology, artificial intelligence, Indian law, administrative law, agricultural competition and/or antitrust law and high-profile topics in agriculture and food law.
Once transitioned to USDA Office of General Counsel, the fellow will provide professional legal services to major components of USDA and its agencies during a 24-month period, while furthering commitment and skills related to public service. The position enables USDA to leverage local and regional talent to provide legal services to support the mission and programs of USDA and provide legal services to improve the coordination and effectiveness of programs, services and actions affecting rural areas. The primary work location may be Washington D.C. or one of four Regional Offices (Atlanta, Georgia; Denver, Colorado, Kansas City, Missouri, and San Francisco, California); or 8 field office locations (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Missoula, Montana, Little Rock, Arkansas, Temple, Texas, Juneau, Alaska and Portland, Oregon).
The Fellows will perform work at USDA OGC such as:
Provide legal advice and counsel to agencies of the USDA.
Serve as liaison between agencies of the USDA and the Department of Justice concerning USDA.
Defend USDA agencies in litigation.
Conduct legal research.
Draft and review legal documents, including briefs, contracts, legal opinions, and agency documents.
Customer service and communication to client Agencies and Mission Areas.
Legal research and opinion-writing on novel and complex legal issues.
Assist in other litigation responsibilities as requested.
Further a commitment to public service.
Successful completion of a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), possession of the first professional law degree, and membership in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Ability to pass federal hiring requirements including background check. Legal liability insurance for period of work at USDA.
Experience or interest in law and technology, artificial intelligence, Indian law, administrative law, agricultural competition and/or antitrust law or high-profile topics in agriculture and food law a plus.
The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is one of the nation's preeminent law schools, focused on offering students a personalized legal education. Ranked No. 1 in Arizona since 2010 and No. 32nationally by U.S. News & World Report, ASU Law offers students the opportunity to tailor their education, to match externships to their interests and career services resources to help land their ideal jobs. Additionally, ASU Law's LEED Gold certified building in downtown Phoenix is steps away from the legal, political and economic heart of Arizona. For more information, visit law.asu.edu