For the first time since its inception, the U.S. Justice Department's National Security Division is looking to hire an appellate chief to oversee a national docket that includes terrorism cases.
Lawyers in the division’s Office of Law and Policy have handled appellate matters in conjunction with attorneys in other department divisions, including civil and criminal. The law and policy office develops policy on national security matters, including intelligence and counterterrorism. The National Security Division launched in 2006.
A DOJ spokesman, Dean Boyd, said an appellate chief in the division would provide “greater in-house capability and leadership” on national security. The base salary is $119,554 and the job posting closes Dec. 20.
“While criminal law issues are relatively settled given decades of rulings and precedent, national security law is a far more dynamic arena and constantly changing in the post-9/11 world,” Boyd said.
The new chief, Boyd said, will be expected to “ensure that national security law evolves such that the government has the tools it needs to protect both national security and Americans' privacy and civil liberties.”