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Legal Advisor





The Office of Military Commissions (OMC), Defense Legal Services Agency (DLSA), Office of General Counsel (OGC) seeks a Highly Qualified Expert for the position of Legal Advisor

Position Title:  LEGAL ADVISOR

Agency:  DLSA, OGC

Location:  Mark Center, Alexandria, Virginia



This position is located in the OMC.  The Legal Advisor supports the Convening Authority (CA) for Military Commissions, an official designated by the Secretary of Defense and authorized by the Military Commissions Act of 2009 to convene trials by military commission. Since the CA is also the Director of the Office of Military Commissions (OMC), the HQE will also serve as the OMC-CA Chief of Staff and oversee the overall operation of the office.  Per the Order of Precedence of the Department of Defense (DoD), a HQE serves at the 1-Star-Equivalent level.

As Legal Advisor, the HQE will fulfill responsibilities which are delineated in the Manual for Military Commissions and provide legal advice and recommendations to the CA, similar in nature to that provided by a staff judge advocate under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).  For example, the HQE will be responsible for providing pretrial advice to the CA, after making an independent and informed appraisal of the charges and evidence in every case that goes before the CA for consideration and action.   He or she will also advise the CA whether, after consultation with appropriate government agencies, trial by military commission would be adverse to national security interests.  The HQE will coordinate the administration of all legal and operational services of OMC.

As Chief of Staff, the HQE will be responsible for the initiation, review, staffing, coordination, and execution of all planning and development matters relating to military commissions.  As such, the HQE will serve as the lead agent to coordinate key commissions planning functions with applicable DoD offices, to include, but not limited to, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington Headquarters Services, and the DoD General Counsel.



The HQE  must be a graduate of an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school, and must be an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia and be permitted to engage in the active practice of law.  Active status must be maintained in at least one State or jurisdiction during the entire course of employment in OGC and DLSA.  

The HQE must have significant competency in thoughtfully addressing complex legal issues in a high-profile, high-stakes environment.  He or she must have subject-matter expertise in military criminal law, national security law, the law of war, international law, intelligence law, and/or other areas of law which are applicable to military commissions, and demonstrated advanced proficiency in providing authoritative legal advice in complex criminal litigation.  The HQE must have demonstrated leadership abilities and be capable of building, coaching, and maintaining an effective team of committed professionals.  


Mandatory Technical Qualifications:

1.  Demonstrated experience in investigating, analyzing, and evaluating complex legal issues and comprehensive, professional knowledge of, and experience in, applying Federal statutes, regulations, and case law in at least three of the following areas:  military justice, criminal law and procedure, evidence, intelligence law, national security law, law of war, international law, federal procurement law, civilian personnel law, or equal employment opportunity law.  

2.  Expert knowledge and understanding of the organizational and functional relationships within the Legal, Intelligence and the National Security Community.

3.  Demonstrated ability to manage human resources, financial resources, information technology and other support and administrative operations and experience in strategic planning, program planning, organizational performance management and evaluation and knowledge of Defense security programs, policies and procedures.  


Terms of Employment:  

The position will be full-time and with an expected start date in mid-October 2016.  The appointment will be for a period of up to 3 years, which may be extended.  As a matter of law, the HQE must have at least a thirty-day break in service between any federal or uniformed service and appointment as an HQE.  

Compensation will be dependent upon experience and qualifications but will be in the range of $123,175 to $170,400 per year, plus locality pay.  Some travel may be required.  

Relocation expenses may be authorized.  



Individuals interested in applying for the position should submit a resume with a writing sample not to exceed 15 pages, three references with phone numbers, and a cover letter highlighting relevant experience and qualifications to Ms. Denise Howell Parker via email at:  [email protected].  Please send electronic application packages only.

Resume packages should be received by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, 2016.  If there are any questions regarding the position, please contact Ms. Denise Howell Parker, via email: [email protected] or at (703) 693-8512.

OSD Senior Executive Management Office

Human Resources Directorate | Washington Headquarters Services

Pentagon Room 2C514

[email protected]


Law Student Volunteer

Organization: Department of Justice

Department: Office of Law and Policy, National Security Division

About the Office: 

The National Security Division's (NSD) Office of Law and Policy, United States Department of Justice, seeks interns for positions located in Washington, D.C. The mission of NSD is to coordinate the Department's efforts in carrying out its top priority of preventing and combating terrorism and protecting the national security. NSD provides legal and policy advice on national security matters, litigates counterterrorism, counterespionage, and foreign intelligence surveillance matters, represents the Government before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and other federal trial and appellate courts, and conducts oversight over Federal Bureau of Investigation national security investigations and foreign intelligence collection. The Office of Law and Policy is responsible for, among other things, resolving novel and complex legal issues relating to national security that arise from the work of the Division and other parts of the Department; providing advice and guidance to Department leadership, the Intelligence Community, and other Executive Branch agencies on matters of national security law and policy; overseeing the development of legislation, guidelines, and other policies in the area of national security; working with foreign governments on a variety of national security issues; and handling appeals that arise in national security cases. The Office works with a variety of other Department components, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of Legal Counsel, and the Office of Legal Policy, as well as other departments and agencies, such as the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Defense, and the Department of State.


Job Description: 

Intern projects include: researching legal questions, drafting memoranda or other legal and policy analysis, factual research, and assisting with presentations and supporting materials.



Open to all law students. Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. law school at the time of application and throughout their internship. Strong research and writing skills are required. Prior interest or experience in the area of national security would be useful, but is not required. By the time of the internship, all applicants must have taken one or more of the following courses: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, or Constitutional Law. Additional courses addressing criminal law and litigation or national security or intelligence law, would also be helpful.


Internships are unpaid. If your school offers interns academic or work study, we will work with you to meet school requirements whenever possible.
Application Process: 

Brief cover letter, resume with two references, transcript (official or unofficial), and a writing sample (not to exceed ten pages). Please submit these materials as one pdf, ATTN: Intern Program Coordinator (Office of Law and Policy), via email to [email protected]

For applications for spring 2017, the subject line should read: [LAST NAME] - L&P Spring 2017 Internship Application. For applications for fall 2017, the subject line should read: [LAST NAME] – L&P Fall 2017 Internship application.

Paper or faxed applications will not be considered.

Application Deadline:

Spring 2017 – September 15, 2016

Fall 2017 – April 1, 2017