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The position of the General Counsel of the Department of Defense was established by the Reorganization Plan No. 6 of 1953 and by Defense Directive 5145.1, August 24, 1953. The position was derived from one of the original three Special Assistants to the Secretary (1947) and the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Legal and Legislative Affairs) (1949).

Congress accepted Reorganization Plan No. 6, and it became effective on June 30, 1953. Reorganization Plan No. 6 established the General Counsel of the Department of Defense as substantially equivalent in rank to the Assistant Secretaries of Defense. The authority of the General Counsel as the Department's Chief Legal Officer is codified in 10 U.S.C. §140.

NEW-- Summer Law Clerk Program

NEW JOB OPPORTUNITIES

The DoD Office of General Counsel is soliciting resumes for multiple attorney term positions. Successful applicants will be part of an interagency team representing the government in over 200 habeas corpus petitions filed in D.C. District Court by individuals detained by DoD at Guantanamo Bay. These positions start immediately and are for a term of not to exceed 3 years. The positions are within National Security Personnel System (NSPS) Pay Band YA-2/3 (Salary: $39,407.00 – $130,211.00 depending on experience and qualifications). The ideal candidate should have a background in civil or criminal litigation, experience with intelligence matters, and an active security clearance. However, attorneys with any litigation experience are encouraged to apply. These positions are located in the Washington, D.C. area, with the potential for some travel to Guantanamo Bay. Selectees will be required to provide evidence that they are active members, in good standing, of the bar of the highest court of a State, US Territory or Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia.

Interested persons may mail résumés to:

OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY GENERAL COUNSEL
(PERSONNEL & HEALTH POLICY)
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
ATTN: RESUME FILE
1600 DEFENSE PENTAGON
WASHINGTON, DC 20301-1600

Alternatively, résumés may be emailed to guyk@dodgc.osd.mil. The subject line should state "Résumé File." Individuals possessing a valid Pentagon building pass may submit their résumés in person to the Rësumé File, ODGC(P&HP), Room 3B747, Pentagon. All materials become the property of the Office of the DoD General Counsel and will not be returned.

For important additional information about the DoD General Counsel Resume file, please click: https://storm.psd.whs.mil/AttorneyResumes200802.pdf.