Case Manager - Litigation Attorney
11 - 15 years experience • Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) is an independent, executive branch Federal Agency, established under Section 11233 of the National Capital Revitalization and Self-Government Improvement Act of 1997. CSOSA, together with an independent entity within CSOSA, the D.C. Pretrial Services Agency (PSA), is responsible for the functions relating to pretrial services, probation, parole, and offender supervision in the District of Columbia. The mission of CSOSA is to increase public safety, prevent crime, reduce recidivism, and support the fair administration of justice in close collaboration with the community. The mission of PSA is to assess, supervise, and provide services for defendants, and collaborate with the justice community, to assist the courts in making pretrial release decisions, and promoting community safety and return to court while honoring the constitutional presumption of innocence. The CSOSA' s Office of the General Counsel ("OGC") provides legal advice to all CSOSA components.
Concord Professional Services, Inc. currently holds a contract with CSOSA to provide up to two (2) FTE Contract Project/Case Managers to handle "open to close" case support for the agency GC.
GENERAL SCOPE OF WORK
The Contractor shall provide, on a non-personal services basis, legal services and support necessary to support the CSOSA Office of General Counsel and respond to, litigate, and represent CSOSA in complex administrative and civil litigation before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), United States District Court (USDC), and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office of Federal Operations (EEOC, OFO). To effectively represent the Agency, the contractor will be required to perform the following services:
Initial Case Orientation: Review the case files and outline for CSOSA OGC's intended responses, written discovery, proposed motions, and pre-hearing submissions and conferences.
Administrative Litigation and Civil Litigation Support: Handle cases before tribunals such as the EEOC, USDC, and MSPB. Provide support to U.S. Attorney's Office (USAO) for active civil litigation matters, preparing litigation reports, identifying intra-agency discovery material, providing a liaison between the USAO and CSOSA witnesses and drafting significant memoranda of law.
Provide advice and counsel to CSOSA: Conduct legal research, analyze cases to define legal and factual issues, draft orders, track settled cases for receipt of settlement agreement and disposition of issues, and assist the OGC's attorneys in a variety of activities that will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the office.
Specific Task Requirements
Weekly Reports: Submit weekly reports, by 12:00 pm EST every Friday, that include significant events, activities, upcoming events, or major challenges that occurred during the previous week.
Case Analysis: Develop a case analysis outlining the strengths and weaknesses of a case, including recommendations on litigation or settlement, and provide the analysis to the contracting officer representative (COR) within I 0 business days of receiving each case to recommend whether OGC shall move forward with the case.
Conduct all pretrial case preparation efforts:
- Gather evidence in support of the government's defense;
- Prepare witnesses to testify at trial;
- Develop defense strategies;
- Prepare and respond to discovery motions within the timeline established by the tribunal;
- Prepare all materials and witnesses needed for trial.
Represent CSOSA before the various tribunals by:
- Preparing and delivering opening statements;
- Examining and cross-examining witnesses;
- Presenting evidence;
- Making and defending against objections; and
- Preparing and delivering closing arguments.
Communication with Parties
All communication with parties to the transaction outside of OGC shall occur with the participation and/or the approval of OGC counsel responsible for providing advice on the litigation and to whom the contractor is responsible.
The Contractor shall have a J.D. or an L.L.B. degree from an accredited law school, be duly licensed and authorized to practice law as an attorney under the laws of a state, territory, or the District of Columbia, and have at least ten (10) years of specialized legal experience.
Contractor's personnel MUST have prior applicable federal litigation experience presenting, defending, and appealing cases before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). The contractor's personnel shall have excellent writing skills, strong organizational and administrative skills, and the ability to effectively communicate orally. Contractor personnel shall be computer proficient, and must be capable of performing complex internet and legal research using the electronic databases such as Westlaw and/or Lexis/Nexis.
Work Hours ? Contract Duration
Our contractsupport with CSOSA originated in September 2014. We current contract vehicle is good through August 2018. There is a strong possibility of follow-on support.
The agency's core business hours are 8:00am through 6:00pm (Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays). The contractor will perform tasks resulting from this order only during the agency's core business hours.
The contractor shall not perform work at government facilities on federal holidays or other non-work days or hours without prior approval of the Contracting Officer (CO). The federal holidays are New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Certain other types of irregularly occurring circumstances may prompt the government to close its offices where contractor personnel are working, either on a national or local basis (e.g., bomb threats, inclement weather, power outages, death of a national figure, or funding lapses).
The Contractor shall not work on-site or off site if the government is closed, unless otherwise authorized by the CO.
Work Location and Equipment
All work performed as a result of this task order shall be performed at the government facilities located in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Contractor may be required to provide services at an off-site location (e.g., taking or defending depositions, assisting in pre-hearing or settlement conferences, and/or participating in administrative hearings), as appropriate.
Minimum supplies such as desks, chairs, file cabinets, computers, telephone and expendable office supplies will be provided to the contractor. The government will supply the contractor with the necessary documents to perform the tasks in the statement of work.
Type of Service ? Non-personal - Contract
The government and the contractor understand and agree that the support services to be delivered under this task order by the contractor are non-personal services and all parties recognize and agree that no employer-employee relationship exists or will exist under the task order between the government and the contractor.
The contractor, under this task order shall not:
- Be placed in a position where they are appointed or employed by a federal employee, or are under the supervision, direction, or evaluation of a federal employee.
- Be placed in a staff or policy making position.
- Be placed in a position of supervision, direction, or evaluation over CSOSA personnel, or personnel of other contractors, or become a part of a government organization.
Background Investigation ? CSOSA and OPM
Any Contractor supporting this effort must be cleared through CSOSA and OPM prior to work initiating. This process could take anywhere from 4-8 weeks to complete, depending upon current clearance status.
Compensation for this project is $60.00/hr. The contractor will be compensated for any CSOSA-approved billable time, along with any Concord-approved paid time off (PTO).
This is a professional services contract under GSA Schedule. You will be an employee of Concord, under employment contract tied a specific Task requirement (CSOSA).
The contractor will be provided annual PTO award (you must work for one year of support to earn 80 hours of PTO) and holiday pay (10 Federal holiday per year).
Concord will cover your payrolltaxes and provide general liability and worker's compensation coverage.
Concord will not provide any sort of professional coverage.
Concord has personal insurance options available - they are included in the provided hourly rate. If you wish to obtain