This position is established as part of the National Labor Relations Board Honors program. The Honors program supports positions working in three different program areas: Board-side, General Counsel-Headquarters, and General Counsel-Field. This position is specifically for the Board-side program area.
The purpose of this position is to provide experience that exposes the employee to the full range of agency legal practices.
As a Law Clerk (Trainee), GS-0904-12, typical work assignments in the Board may include:
- Reviewing formal trial or hearing record, including transcripts of testimony and exhibits; the Hearing Officer’s Report, the Administrative Law Judge’s Decision, or the Regional Director’s Decision; and exceptions, requests for review, and briefs – with assistance as needed;
- Researching statutes, decisions, opinions, legislative history, and other legal authorities on the points of law involved and applying the research to the case at hand – with assistance as needed;
- Preparing bench memoranda in consultation with the Assistant Chief Counsel setting forth the contested issues the Board must decide, the relevant facts, the disposition of those issues below, the parties’ arguments, and counsel’s recommendation as to how the Board should resolve each contested issue – with assistance as needed;
- Orally presenting cases to the Board Members for disposition – with assistance as needed;
- Drafting official decisions and order of the Board and/or Board Members’ separate dissenting or concurring opinions in consultation with the Assistant Chief Counsel – with assistance as needed; and
- Assisting Board Members in developing Board policies, regulations, and procedures.
The ideal Candidate for GS-0904-12, Law Clerk (Trainee): Candidates should have a strong academic law school record, currently be serving in a judicial clerkship or law fellowship, but have not been admitted to the Bar. Candidates should have excellent legal research and oral and written communication skills. Candidates should also have experience or course study in labor or industrial relations and the National Labor Relations Act.