Associate General Counsel - Mayor's Office of General Counsel
Position: Associate General Counsel / Clemency Board Staff Director
Open Date: August 12, 2022
Closing Date: Open until filled
SALARY RANGE/GRADE: Excepted Service ES6 - Salary will be $94,525.81
COVID-19 Vaccination: All employees of the District of Columbia must be vaccinated against the Coronavirus disease 2019 (SARS-CoV-2) as a condition of employment.
Current District of Columbia residents will receive priority and advanced preference for screening and interviews.
District law requires that each new appointee to the Excepted and Executive Service either: (1) be domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of appointment; or (2) establish District domicile within one hundred eighty (180) days of appointment. The law also requires that Excepted and Executive Service employees maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment. Failure to maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment will result in forfeiture of employment.
The Executive Office of the Mayor (EOM) has an opening for the position of Assistant General Counsel within the Office of the General Counsel (OGC). OGC currently consists of four non-term limited attorneys, a legal fellow who is also an attorney, and an Executive Assistant. This Assistant General Counsel will serve as the staff director of the District of Columbia Clemency Board and assist OGC in carrying out the duties of the office. The work of EOM OGC is varied and fast paced. It ranges from legislative and regulatory review and occasional drafting, to drafting and review of other legal documents such as proposed settlements, interagency Memoranda of Understanding, Mayor’s Orders and Mayor’s Memoranda. The General Counsel serves as liaison to the Auditor, the Inspector General, and the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability, and an Assistant General Counsel would assist in projects relating to those offices. The Office and its attorneys are involved in negotiations, mediations, witness preparation, and advice-giving.
Associate General Counsel; / Clemency Board Staff Director
The Bowser Administration seeks qualified candidates to serve as the Staff Director & Counsel to the Clemency Board in the Executive Office of the Mayor’s Office of General Counsel and Associate General Counsel. The Clemency Board Establishment Act of 2018 established the Clemency Board within the Executive Office of the Mayor to review the applications of people convicted of D.C. Code offenses and determine which applicants to recommend to the President of the United States (through the Department of Justice) for clemency.
The OGC reviews legal documents from throughout the government, such as large contracts, leases, draft legislation, land dispositions, large proposed settlements, amicus briefs, sign-on letters, Mayor’s Orders, and Mayor’s Memoranda and provides recommendations to the General Counsel, who is an approver on such documents.
Core Duties and Responsibilities
- Applications for Letters of Recommendation
- Ensure compliance with the Clemency Act, the Clemency Board’s regulations, and bylaws.
- Process, organize, and supplement applications for letters of recommendation received through both email and mail.
- Communicate with applicants regarding the status of their application, seeking additional information if necessary.
- Conduct the initial evaluation of applications for letters of recommendation, including making a legal determination of eligibility under the Clemency Act.
- Draft letters of recommendation for the Chairperson of the Board to submit to the Department of Justice’s Office of Pardon Attorney.
- Draft closeout letters for applications that should be administratively closed as incomplete or for persons that do not receive approval for a letter of recommendation.
- Legal Research
- Research clemency-related issues including prioritization of applicants, presidential initiatives (if issued), guidance issued by the Department of Justice, sentencing schemes, best practices in evaluating petitions for pardons and commutations and other topics as may be requested by the Board or the General Counsel.
- Board Meetings
- Schedule and facilitate full board and committee meetings.
- Ensure that full board meetings comply with the Open Meetings Act, including providing sufficient notice to the public and publishing agendas.
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Conduct outreach to publicize the Clemency Board’s work and help build capacity in the legal community (law firms, non-profits, law school clinics) to submit complete and persuasive applications for letters of recommendation.
- Compile statistical information and prepare annual report to Council on Clemency.
- Maintain and update the Clemency Board’s website in coordination with the Mayor’s Communications staff and the Office of the Chief Technology Officer. Comply with the Open Meetings Act and Language Access Act.
- Support the Mayor’s Office of Talent and Appointments in identifying, confirming, and onboarding Mayoral nominees to the Board.
- Respond to Freedom of Information Act requests relating to the Clemency Board, in compliance with the confidentiality provisions in the Clemency Act.
By statute, the Clemency Board is supported through the Mayor’s Office of General Counsel. As such, the Staff Director and Counsel will be working with other members of that office and will, as time permits, also serve as an Associate General Counsel, providing similar counsel and assistance as other Associate GCs – including work on Freedom of Information Act requests; review of Mayor’s Orders for legal sufficiency; provision of ethics advice to employees of the Executive Office of the Mayor or referrals to BEGA; review of draft reports, statutes, and regulations; general legal analysis and advice to EOM agencies. Other duties supporting the Executive Office of the Mayor as a whole may be assigned.
- A background in criminal law and process, board support, and application review is desirable but not necessary.
- Must have a law degree (LLB or JD) from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school.
- Must be a current member in good standing of the District of Columbia Bar or be eligible to waive into the bar.