Wanted: Judge Advocate General (JAG), Puerto Rico Air National Guard

TRADITIONAL OFFICER VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

PUERTO RICO AIR NATIONAL GUARD
156th AIRLIFT WING
Muñiz ANGB, PR

POSITION: Judge Advocate General (JAG) AFSC: 51J1

GRADE: O-1 (promotion potential to O-4)

LOCATION: Muñiz ANGB, PR

CLOSING DATE: 30 August 2018

POSITION#: 080419134

STATUS: Drill Status/ Traditional Guardsman (Part-Time Employment)

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Open to all applicants eligible to become members of the Puerto Rico ANG. Applicants older than 35 years of age will need an age waiver.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for position vacancies without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, lawful political or their affiliations, marital status, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or to any handicap which does not interfere with accomplishment of position requirements.

POC: All questions regarding this announcement should be directed to Maj Frances M. Romero Torres at commercial (787) 253-5100 ext.2539242, DSN: 740-9242 or by email, frances.m.romerotorres.mil@mail.mil.

APPLICATION SUBMISSION:

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 1630 ON THE CLOSING DATE
Applications may be submitted to the POC via email at frances.m.romerotorres.mil@mail.mil or via hard copy to the following mailing address:

MAILING ADDRESS:
156 AW/JA, ATTN: Maj Frances Romero 200 Ave. Jose (Tony) Santana, Carolina, Puerto Rico 00979

FULLY QUALIFIED JUDE ADVOCATE GENERAL WITH ACTIVE DUTY EXPERIENCE HIGHLY DESIRED, or AT LEAST 8 YEARS OF LEGAL EXPERIENCE.

MUST BE ABLE TO ACT ON BEHALF OF STAFF JUDGE ADVOCATE IN THEIR ABSENCE.

*** SEE BELOW FOR SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS ***

POSITION DUTIES:

1. Specialty Summary. Manages and provides legal services to preserve prerogatives of the United States Air Force and its commanders. Performs duties prescribed by Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) pursuant to Manual for Courts-Martial, United States, 1995 (MCM), and prepares and provides legal opinions and decisions necessary for efficient and effective discharge of mission of the United States Air Force. Specialty encompasses administration of military justice, including counsel on disciplinary matters, pretrial advice, preparation for trial, trials by courts-martial, post-trial actions, and appellate review. Renders legal advice to commanders on all phases of Air Force operations, including international law, operations law, procurement, claims, environmental law, military and civilian personnel issues, patents, litigation, military affairs, legal assistance and preventive law, taxes, and allied legal matters. Related DoD Occupational Group: 250600.

2. Duties and Responsibilities:
2.1. Formulates legal policies. Plans and studies methods and procedures used to process military justice and civil law actions. Advises and develops plans for operation and implementation of federal statutes, executive orders, and DoD and Air Force directives. Manages legal information systems. Manages acquisition, designation, certification, and assignment of judge advocate personnel according to Article 6, UCMJ.
2.2. Monitors, coordinates, and directs legal activities. Inspects administration and function of military justice at subordinate echelons to ensure uniformity in administration of laws, directives, and instructions. Administers claims program. Maintains liaison with agencies of DoD, Department of Justice, and other federal, state, and local jurisdictions to ensure accurate and correct administration of Air Force polices and operations. Maintains liaison with local, state, and national bar associations to keep informed of current legal trends.
2.3. Prepares and renders legal advice and opinions. Advises commanders and senior staff. Prepares and renders legal advice and opinions on matters relating to interpreting laws, directives, status, rights, liabilities, and duties of personnel. Prepares and renders legal advice on disciplinary matters, including admonitions, reprimands, nonjudicial punishment, and statutory pretrial advice in prospective court-martial cases. Prepares statutory post-trial advice and actions of convening authority. Prepares and renders legal advice on issues of international and operations law, environmental law, fiscal law, and military and civilian personnel law. Renders legal assistance to military personnel and dependents on personal civil matters such as wills and estates, powers of attorney, consumer affairs, taxes, domestic relations, insurance, and execution of legal documents. Reviews and renders legal opinions on claims and incidents which may result in claims in favor of, or against the United States. Renders legal opinions regarding drafting, negotiating, and administrating government contracts. Reviews and renders opinions on courts-martial records of trial and board proceedings. Conducts inspections relating to administration and function of military justice and recommends improvements.
2.4. Represents United States in civil proceedings. Represents United States before judicial and administrative tribunals. Assists Department of Justice in preparation and litigation of cases in which the Air Force has an interest.
2.5. Acts as trial counsel on general and special courts-martial and counsel for United States on appeal. Upon certification by Judge Advocate General as trial and defense counsel, prepares and presents case for United States. Directs preparation of record of trial and forwards to convening authority. Prepares and presents briefs and oral arguments on behalf of United States before Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and United States Supreme Court.
2.6. Acts as defense counsel. Upon certification by Judge Advocate General as trial and defense counsel, acts as counsel for accused in special and general courts-martial. Upon designation by Judge Advocate General, serves as area defense counsel with responsibility for provision of defense services. Prepares and presents briefs and oral arguments on behalf of accused before Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and United States Supreme Court.
2.7. Acts as military judge. Upon certification by Judge Advocate General, performs primary duty as military judge on general and special courts-martial or appellate judge of Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals.
2.8. Conducts legal courses. Instructs personnel in military justice procedures and legal issues. Directs and conducts legal training at United States Air Force Academy and Air University.

3. Specialty Qualifications:
3.1. Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of military and civilian law.
3.2. Education. For entry into this specialty, a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor degree in law issued by an accredited law school is mandatory.
3.3. Training. For award of AFSC 51J3, completion of Judge Advocate Staff Officer Course or equivalent as prescribed by The Judge Advocate General is mandatory.
3.4. Experience. For award of AFSC 51J3, a minimum of 3 months experience in legal assignments, after designation as a judge advocate by Judge Advocate General, is mandatory. Experience must include serving as trial or defense counsel in courts-martial; preparing legal briefs or rendering advice relating to interpreting laws, regulations, directives, status, rights, liabilities, and duties of military personnel and dependents.
3.5. Other. The following are mandatory for entry, award, and retention of these AFSCs: 3.5.1. Current admission to the bar of a Federal Court or the highest court of a state.
3.5.2. Designation by The Judge Advocate General as a judge advocate.

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college
Juris Doctorate Degree
Current admission to the bar of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or a Federal Court
Letter/Certificate of Good Standing (issued within the last 6 months)
Designation by The Judge Advocate General as a judge advocate (this occurs during commission process).

APPLICATION MUST CONTAIN:

Letter of Intent (one page, double spaced, one-sided, in Times 12 font)
Civilian Resume
Copy of Education Transcripts (Bachelor’s Degree, J.D., and any others)
All licenses for the profession
Letters of Good Standing by States Admitted for Practice issued within 6 months
Full Body Picture with Professional Attire (Service Dress if in Military Service)
Current/Prior Service Applicant require the following in addition to items listed above:
-Air Force Fitness Management System (AFFMS) Report with passing score (available via AF Portal)
-Individual Medical Readiness (IMR) Report (available via AF Portal from ASIMS)
-vMPF RIP
-All past OPRs/EPRs

APPLICATION MAY CONTAIN:

Cover Letter
Letters of recommendation (up to 5)

PERSONAL INTERVIEWS: Applicants must be available for an interview. Applications will be reviewed and qualified applicants will be notified to meet the selection process. Applicants will be notified by phone of interview time and place. Payment for travel IS NOT AUTHORIZED.

EVALUATION PROCESS:

Evaluation will be based on the information provided and meeting a selection board, date to be determined.

REASONABLE COMMUTING DISTANCE: Selectees will normally be filled from personnel who are within or are willing to move within reasonable commuting distance of the military unit (Not to exceed 100 miles). Exceptions will be made by the 156th Airlift Wing Commander.

Successful application will be assigned to compatible military position in an appropriate unit of assignment in the Puerto Rico Air National Guard as shown above. If officer, this position is being announced in accordance with applicable policies and regulations, and is a Traditional Guardsman (part-time) employment opportunity.

 

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