Overview

The Appellate section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California primarily litigates appeals from decisions in the district court in criminal cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. We are seeking an attorney who is motivated by the mission of doing justice and by the prospect of sophisticated legal advocacy to join our team.

Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree

Day-to-day responsibilities include writing motions and briefs to be filed in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing appeals before the Court, assisting and editing colleagues in their appellate work, providing analysis and guidance on legal questions arising in the district court, participating in complex district court litigation, and training.

Several permanent AUSA positions will be filled. In addition, positions of a limited term, not to exceed 2 years, are available and will be filled. TERM-limited positions may be extended and may be converted to permanent positions without further competition. On your cover letter, please indicate the type of appointment(s) you would like to be considered for (permanent, term-limited or both).

There are offices in San Francisco; Oakland; and San Jose, California. Therefore, please state your location preference on your cover letter (SF, Oak, SJ).

This announcement opens May 14, 2020 and closes on May 31, 2021. Applicants who previously applied online for the Assistant U.S. Attorney (Appellate) position under announcement number 19-NDCA-10447342-ES that closed on March 31, 2020 should not reapply. Your resume will be fully considered under this announcement. If you did not submit your resume online under the previous announcement, you should apply for this posting.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will hear from the office within 90 days of submitting an application.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as an attorney’s training and experience progress.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least three (3) years of experience as a licensed attorney (or post-law school graduation judicial clerkships) preparing for, participating in, and/or reviewing formal hearings or trials involving litigation at the federal, state, or local court level.

Applicants must be licensed to practice law in any state, U.S. Territory or the District of Columbia. Applicants must be active members in good standing of the bar (any jurisdiction).

If you currently represent an opposing party in litigation with the U.S. Department of Justice, please refer to Rule 3-310 of the California Rules of Professional Conduct: If you currently represent an opposing party in litigation with the U.S. Department of Justice or represent a client under investigation by the U.S., please refer to Rule 1-7 of the California Rules of Professional Conduct and / or the relevant conflict of interest Rules of Professional Conduct in the jurisdiction in which you are licensed to practice. The U.S. Attorney’s Office considers California Rule 1-7 to be implicated when an attorney licensed in California applies for a position with the U.S. Attorney’s office while also representing a client in litigation opposing the U.S. or knowingly under investigation by the U.S.

United States citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Hiring preferences include strong academics, outstanding organizational skills, superior legal writing and research ability, demonstrated analytical ability, good judgment and courtroom skills, and a commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility and public service.

The ideal candidate has briefed and argued appeals. The ideal candidate also has excellent judgment and outstanding legal-analysis, writing, editing, oral-advocacy, and interpersonal skills. Appellate attorneys should have experience or be willing to gain experience prosecuting crimes in the district court.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the submission date of your application.

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