Virtually every attorney in the Tax Division, from the newest arrival to the most senior veteran, is responsible for handling his or her own docket of cases. ?From the start, new civil trial attorneys respond to complaints, participate in discovery, and draft and argue dispositive motions. Within a few months, these attorneys are shaping the factual and legal development of cases assigned to them and then testing their theories in court.
Appellate attorneys are assigned cases to brief on the day they arrive in the Division, and generally will be presenting oral arguments before appellate courts within six months.
Criminal enforcement attorneys immediately become federal prosecutors -- playing a vital role in determining whether to authorize the prosecution of taxpayers who violate the law, presenting evidence to grand juries, and otherwise handling criminal cases.