The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is an assembly of the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The purpose of the Conference is to promote the greater good which the Church offers humankind. The bishops themselves constitute the membership of the Conference and are served by a staff of approximately 315 lay people, priests, deacons, and religious, located at the Conference headquarters in Washington, DC, with branch offices in Miami, FL and Rome.
The Conference is organized as a corporation in the District of Columbia. Its purposes under civil law are: "To unify, coordinate, encourage, promote and carry on Catholic activities in the United States; to organize and conduct religious, charitable and social welfare work at home and abroad; to aid in education; to care for immigrants; and generally to enter into and promote by education, publication and direction the objects of its being."
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Solicitor (Full Time)
Directly manages and actively participates in all litigation and insurance matters affecting the Conference, supervises outside litigation and insurance counsel, and advises dioceses and their attorneys on litigation and insurance matters. Researches, reviews, writes, and files legal briefs, in collaboration with other OGC members and outside counsel as needed, on behalf of the Conference. This position provides secondary legal advice to bishop-members of the Conference, directly or through their diocesan attorneys, on litigation, insurance, and related matters. Assists the General Counsel in promoting and implementing the bishops’ strategic plan for the Conference and demonstrates a willingness and ability to understand, respect, and contribute to the USCCB mission and fulfill job duties following its Catholic identity.
Education Level: J.D. Major Field/Specialty: Federal and State Litigation.
Other Specialized Training: (i.e., word processing, personal computer, knowledge of Catholic Church, etc.)
· Current and active admission to DC bar
· Familiarity with and willingness to advocate for Catholic Church theology, structure, and hierarchy
· Demonstrated level of scholarship in assigned areas of practice
· Excellent verbal and written communication skills
· Working knowledge of technical aspects of office life, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet, etc.
Type and Nature of Professional Experience:
· “First chair” federal or state trial and appellate experience.
· Experience in an “in-house” legal capacity in a private, corporate, or government environment.
· Knowledge of theories and practices of a relevant field applied at the advanced level of a seasoned professional.
· Requires extensive knowledge of a professional discipline and a working knowledge of several unrelated professional fields.
· Ability to collaborate with peers, colleagues, and others to achieve mission goals and objectives.
Number of Years Required: At least five years of litigation and related experience.