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Senior Legal Editor, Federal Gov't Procurement & Fiscal Law

Thomson Reuters Publishing / Editorial 2/22/2018 1:20:43 PM Washington, DC United States of America
Job Description

Practical Law is looking for a Senior Legal Editor with expertise in Federal Government Procurement and Fiscal Law to create new online content that will help federal government lawyers practice more efficiently.

The central and most critical responsibility of this Senior Legal Editor position is to research, write, edit, publish and update on-line content for Practical Law's federal government subscribers.  Our content includes practice guidance notes, checklists, and standard forms, all of which are written in accordance with Practical Law's unique writing style.

In addition, the Senior Legal Editor will:

  • Collaborate with the other editors on Practical Law's Public Sector Service to peer review, improve, and organize newly-written content, as well as plan for and organize future content needs and priorities; 
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other Practical Law editorial teams on content planning and creation, as well as on other Practical Law and Thomson Reuters initiatives;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with lawyers in government and private practice who specialize in these areas and can contribute new content for Practical Law to publish;
  • Write and edit content for Practical Law’s companion print magazine, Practical Law - The Journal;
  • Stay informed of current developments and issues concerning federal government procurement and fiscal law to ensure timely updates to existing content and the development of new content;
  • Develop relationships with lawyers in the federal government and private practice to ensure that our content for government is topical and meets the needs of federal agency practitioners;
  • Organize and/or conduct webinars on topics of interest for federal government lawyers;
  • Assist with sales demonstrations and marketing initiatives, as requested by the Director of the Public Sector Service; and
  • Assist with other Thomson Reuters products in which Practical Law is foundational, as requested by the Director of the Public Sector Service.


Candidates should have at least the following skills and experience:

  • Juris Doctor.
  • At least six years’ experience practicing as a federal government lawyer in Federal Government Procurement and Fiscal Law. 
  • Candidates must have strong expertise in Federal Government Procurement and Fiscal Law, including:
    • Advising a federal agency on all aspects of government contracts from inception/formation through closeout, including the development of requirements, acquisition strategy, source selection plans, and solicitations; award and protests; changes and modifications; contracting officer decisions, disputes, and settlements; and terminations;
    • Litigating (or advising on) bid protests and appeals;
    • Having a deep and sophisticated understanding of the Federal Acquisition Regulations and related authorities;
    • Advising a federal agency on Federal fiscal and appropriations law, including the availability of appropriations (purpose, time, amount), the "necessary expense" doctrine, augmentation of appropriations, transfers and reprogrammings, continuing resolutions and lapse in appropriations, intra-governmental obligations (e.g., Economy Act, revolving funds), and the Antideficiency Act;
    • Understanding the Federal budget, legislative, and appropriation processes.
  • Ideal candidates will also have experience with one or more of the following topics and workflows:
    • Information law as it applies to the Federal Government (e.g., FOIA, Privacy Act, Federal Records Act);
    • Labor and/or employment law as applied to the Federal Government;
    • Federal grants law;
    • False Claims Act and Procurement Integrity Act;
    • Federal ethics rules and requirements;
    • Federal Tort Claims Act;
    • Bivens litigation;
    • Administrative Procedure Act and other aspects of Federal administrative law.
  • A sophisticated understanding of the needs and priorities of procurement, fiscal and other "General Law" lawyers who advise the Federal government.
  • Enthusiasm and ambition, with a sincere desire to improve the efficiency of legal services.
  • The ability to work seamlessly and selflessly with others.
  • A genuine passion for writing, and very strong writing and editing skills, including:
    • Very close attention to detail;
    • Excellent command of grammar, punctuation, and plain English; and
    • The ability to write about complex legal issues clearly and simply.

Candidates selected for a second interview will be required to submit a writing sample.

The preferred location for this position is the Washington, DC area; however, we will consider candidates in other U.S.-based locations working on a remote basis from a home office.

About Practical Law

Practical Law, a Thomson Reuters business, is a leading online provider of legal know-how. We help government and private lawyers save time and practice more efficiently. We deliver our content to governmental entities, companies, law firms, and law schools. Our subscribers include government entities on the federal, state and local levels, most major international law firms and corporations, including approximately 85% of the Am Law 200, hundreds of small and mid-size firms, and over 1,300 legal departments worldwide. For more information about Practical Law see our website at

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Washington-District of Columbia-United States of America
Req #: JREQ099562
Locations: Washington-District of Columbia-United States of America
Job Function: Publishing / Editorial
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