Conducting legal research and advising agency officials and OGC attorneys on complex legal questions, preparing pleadings, motions, briefs and other related documents, determining the nature of action along with the legal issues involved and the most effective course of action and the most advantageous legal strategies.
Advising USDA agency officials and other OGC attorneys on complex legal questions or factual issues and recommending final action on many matters regarding litigation.
Serving as a liaison between the U.S. Attorney’s Offices or Department of Justice and USDA agencies and officials.
Conducting extensive research to ensure any advice is based on a sound understanding of relevant facts and law, anticipating significant foreseeable consequences of advice and recommended actions to ensure that decisions made and actions taken are practical, effective, legally sound and supportable.
Reviewing certain agency reports, documents, and policy statements for legal sufficiency; conducting all legal research related to the above matters; and acting as a legal advisor to the administrative officials of the Department.
Negotiating with highly skilled and knowledgeable opposing counsel while acting within the parameters of delegated authority consistent with statutory authority and agency policy and objectives.
Planning, organizing, and conducting independent activities required in furnishing the legal services assigned.
Performing legal services in areas pertaining to the application of the complex United States mineral laws to various categories of National Forest System lands, the assessment of rights created by mining claims, mineral leases, and mineral sales contracts, the regulation of operations on mining claims, the authorization of mineral leasing and regulation of off-lease access and facilities, the withdrawal of land from the United States mineral laws, the authorization and regulation of oil and gas pipelines, the issuance and administration of discretionary permits authorizing other uses of National Forest System lands, and general administrative law.
Developing expertise in the minerals, special use permit administration, and water law practice areas and providing training to clients as needed.
Drafting of legal opinions, memoranda and regulations related to federal mineral laws and related topics.