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Salary Range: $50,656.00 to $73,460.00                         Open Period:  August 13-22, 2014


Series & Grade:  GS-0905-09/12                                     Position Information: Full Time  -

                                                                                           Excepted Service Attorney –

                                                                                           Temporary, Not to Exceed 2 years

       but may be extended.


Promotion Potential:  12                                                  Duty Location:  

                                                                                            Fort Worth, Texas




Who May Be Considered:

  U.S. Citizens


Job Summary:

Millions of Americans depend on the Social Security Administration (SSA) for their well-being. Social Security programs offer protection against the risk of reduced income due to retirement, disability or death, and assist aged, blind, and disabled people in financial need.  SSA offers challenging careers and professional advancement.  Make a difference in people’s lives and your own.  Join our dynamic team!  Serves as an attorney-adviser to one or more Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) in a Social Security Administration (SSA) Hearing Office (HO).


Key Requirements:

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
  • Current, active Bar membership required.
  • Writing sample requirement.  


Major Duties:


Serves as an attorney-adviser to one or more Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) in a Social Security Administration (SSA) Hearing Office (HO).  Renders professional legal advice and assistance to the ALJs in prehearing development and preparation of cases for hearing, posthearing development and other posthearing actions.  Analyzes, researches and develops cases, formulates comprehensive decisions and, otherwise, acts on requests for hearings held under titles II, XI, XVI and XVIII of the Social Security Act, as amended.  Legal issues related to the cases assigned pertain to the interpretation and research of the highly complex provisions of titles II, XI, XVI and XVIII of the Social Security Act, as amended; implementing regulations; related Federal and State laws; the Administrative Procedures Act and precedent Social Security Rulings, court decisions, etc.  Participates fully and assists the ALJ in the formulation of the case decision.





You will be rated on the extent and quality of your education and/or experience according to information provided in your application forms.


All Attorney positions in the Federal Government require Bar membership.  Proof of membership in the Bar must indicate a current active membership. (No exceptions permitted to this requirement.)


To be rated eligible, you must meet one of the requirements described below:


For the GS-09 Grade Level


Active Membership in the Bar and the writing sample as indicated below.


For the GS-11 Grade Level


Active Membership in the Bar, the writing sample as indicated below, plus one of the following:


1.  Fifty-two weeks of professional legal experience as a practicing attorney in which assignments involved complex and difficult legal questions requiring extensive research, analysis, and evaluation of information in controversial areas.  Such experience must include: a) preparation of legal documents for filing by drafting complaints, orders to show cause, indictments, preliminary motions and supporting affidavits and briefs; b) drafting of pleading and motions for cases in litigation, conducting investigations to obtain facts, study of legal precedents and preparation of recommendations; and c) assisting attorneys in charge of court cases by cross-examining witnesses and drafting findings of facts, conclusions of law and orders based on the record (you must provide the dates of employment and the hours worked per week);




2.  A  second professional law degree (LL.M.) which requires one full year of graduate study:




3.  The first professional law degree (LL.B. or JD) with a record that shows superior law student work or activities as demonstrated by one of the following (documentation is required at the time of application):


A. Academic standing in the upper third of the law school graduating  class;

B. Work or achievement of significant contribution on the law school’s official law review (explain duties and hours devoted per week);

C. Special high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, such as election to the Order of the Colf;

D. Winning of a Moot Court competition or membership on the Moot Court team, which represents the law school in competition with other law schools;

E. Full time or continuous participation in a legal aid program equivalent to 6 months of full time work (dates of employment and hours worked per week are required);

F. Significant law office clerk experience while attending law school equivalent to 6 months of full time work (dates of employment and hours worked per week are required);

G. Other equivalent evidence of superior achievement while in law school.


For the GS-12 Grade Level:


The GS-11 requirement plus one additional year (i.e., 52 weeks, full time) of professional legal experience as a practicing attorney (including the examples of experience described in the GS-11 grade level requirement).


NOTE:  Part-time work is prorated in crediting experience (e.g., if you work 20 hours per week for a 12 month period you will be credited with 26 weeks of experience).


You should provide a copy of your college transcripts or a list of college courses with your application if you wish to qualify based on education alone.  NOTE:  Education completed in a foreign institution must be certified as equivalent to coursework completed at a college or university.




Submit a writing sample (i.e., a brief or other document containing a comparable level of legal analysis.) Writing samples will be judged on the basis of an applicant’s ability to analyze a legal problem and clearly and concisely articulate legal rationale.




Submit your resume and writing sample to:


            Karen L. Smith

            Hearing Office Director

            819 Taylor Street, Room 9A27

            Fort Worth, Texas  76102

            Fax:  817 978-4961



Posted By: Federal SSA

Asking Price:

Listing #: 784

Posted: 08/11/2014

Expires: 09/12/2014

Indiana Legal Services Seeks and Executive Director  



Indiana Legal Services


Indiana Legal Services Seeks an Executive Director


Indiana Legal Services (ILS) seeks an Executive Director to lead this statewide nonprofit law firm that provides free civil legal assistance to qualified individuals throughout Indiana.  The mission of ILS is to use resources to provide qualified individuals with aggressive, quality legal services which effectively help gain equal access to the courts and alleviate the major causes and effects of poverty.


About the Position


The next Executive Director will lead ILS as this pre-eminent legal aid organization seeks to preserve and enhance high quality of legal work for clients, continue a leadership role in Indiana and throughout the legal aid community, and nurture newer generations of ILS staff.  ILS has been well-served by its highly regarded executive director of forty-four years who is retiring from the organization.


High Priority Roles and Responsibilities for the New Executive Director:


·       To serve as the public face of ILS, carrying out a leadership role in local, state and national networks of legal aid, client and social services communities.

·       To help ILS achieve the goals established by the Board in its strategic plan.

·       To provide the leadership and structural support for staff to strengthen, protect and focus high quality work of maximum impact for clients.

·       To preserve institutional expertise and leadership, and hire and develop staff in the face of significant projected retirements.

·       To creatively work with the board so that members actively contribute to ILS’ success.

·       To collaborate with partners and service providers on behalf of eligible clients.


Qualifications of the New Executive Director:


·       A demonstrated commitment to advocacy in support of the legal rights of eligible clients and to equal access to justice.

·       Management experience involving staff supervision, financial oversight and reporting, budget development, and compliance with grant, contract and legal requirements.

·       Demonstrated experience as a manager in a multi-million dollar, multi-office organization preferred.

·       Familiarity with federal and state civil legal aid organizations preferred.

·       Outstanding oral and written communication skills.

·       Skills in relationship building and stakeholder interaction rooted in collaboration.

·       A commitment to the use of technology to extend services throughout the state.

·       Demonstrated success in resource development and fundraising.

·       Experience and skill in communicating with a strong active board of directors.

·       Ability to establish and maintain close working relationships with an experienced staff.

·       A minimum of five years experience as an attorney.

·       Possession of a JD and Indiana license or willingness to become licensed in Indiana within a reasonable period of time.


Application ProcessApplications will be accepted until the position is filled.  To receive full consideration, please submit your application materials by September 12, 2014.  Please include a letter expressing in detail your interest in the position, your qualifications, and what you hope to contribute to the organization’s future; a current resume; and the names and contact information for three professional references.  Materials should be emailed to in Microsoft Word format.ILS is being assisted in the search by Patricia Pap, Executive Director, Management Information Exchange, 99 Chauncy St., Suite 700, Boston, MA 02111, 617-556-0288,, Candidates with questions about the position or process are encouraged to contact her.  ILS expects to make a hiring decision in mid-December 2014 and to have the successful candidate join the organization in the first quarter of 2015.ILS is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates with disabilities, women, persons of color and others who represent distinct linguistic or cultural communities to apply.                     

About Indiana Legal Services


In 1966, the original Indiana legal aid organization was established to provide free civil legal assistance to eligible individuals.  It evolved into a statewide organization Indiana Legal Services (ILS) in 2000. ILS helps clients who are faced

with legal problems that harm access to basics of food, shelter, income, medical care and personal safety. Most of the cases

ILS handles are family law involving domestic violence, housing, consumer law, access to health care, and access to government benefits. ILS does not handle criminal matters.


ILS has a service area of ninety-two counties.  Ten counties are urban and eighty-two are rural and mixed.  Indiana’s population is 6.5 million, and 15% of its people have incomes below the poverty level. 

The ethnicity of the service area is approximately 80% Caucasian, 9% African American, 6% Latino, 2% Asian, and 2% two or more races. 


ILS organizes its statewide delivery through eight branch offices covering specific counties, plus nine specialty centers and projects, including the Consumer Law Center, Housing Law Center, Immigrants’ and Language Rights Center, Senior Law Project, Community and Economic Development Project, Migrant Farmworker Law Center, Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, Military Legal Assistance Project and Medical-Legal Partnership.  ILS also offers information through the Indiana Justice Center, established in 1999 to develop a statewide collaborative justice community, and the ILS website,


ILS is the largest of the agencies and programs throughout the state that try to meet the legal needs of the poor.  ILS recognizes

and supports these agencies, such as legal aid societies and pro bono programs.


ILS attorneys are active in the Indiana Pro Bono Commission (IPBC) and the Indiana Bar Foundation (IBF).

The IPBC, created by Indiana Supreme Court rule, funds twelve pro bono districts that hire plan administrators to create twelve distinct pro bono delivery systems throughout Indiana.  The pro bono districts are funded by grants from the IBF which distributes Indiana IOLTA funds, statutory filing fees awarded to the IBF, and cy pres awards. 


ILS is governed by a fifty-one member Board of Directors which includes private attorneys throughout the state of Indiana and individuals who are eligible for services at ILS.  ILS is proud of its commitment to client board members.


ILS has a budget of approximately $8.4 million. ILS receives funds from many different sources, including from Congress through the Legal Services Corporation; from United Way agencies and other agencies around the state; and private donations.   

It employs 105 staff members, including fifty-eight attorneys, twenty-three paralegals and twenty-four administrative staff.


Assisting in the search:

Patricia Pap

Executive Director

Management Information Exchange

99 Chauncy St., Suite 700

Boston, MA 02111


617-507-7729 fax


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Asking Price:

Listing #: 782

Posted: 08/04/2014

Expires: 09/30/2014