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OPM Issues Another Favorable Ruling in Selective Service Failure to Register Case

Posted by Marc Smith | Oct 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

On October 14, 2011, OPM issued another ruling in favor of a client, finding his failure to register with the Selective Service was not knowing and willful.  The fact pattern was very similar to the many cases we have handled involving a failure to register — our client had immigrated to the United States when he was 15 years old and never discovered the existence of the Selective Service until he applied for citizenship.  Unfortunately, by that time, he was 30 years old and his attempt to register was rejected because he was too old.  Upon consideration of the evidence we submitted, including sworn declarations and other pertinent information, the Director of OPM agreed that our client's failure to register was not knowing and willful, thereby clearing the way for federal employment.

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Marc Smith

Marc J. Smith is a Rockville, Maryland employment attorney and a founding member of the law firm formerly known as Smith, Lease & Goldstein, LLC. In 2018, after 18 years managing Smith, Lease & Goldstein, LLC's employment counseling and litigation practice, Marc launched his own boutique practice...


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The Law Office of Marc J. Smith, LLC is a boutique employment law practice based in downtown Rockville, Maryland near the Montgomery County Circuit and District Courts. The Firm’s practice focuses exclusively in the employment law arena and provides counseling, litigation and a wide range of other employment-related services to employers and employees throughout the State of Maryland, Washington D.C. and other jurisdictions. The Firm also represents individuals who have failed to register with the Selective Service System and who are trying to apply for or maintain federal employment.