Overview

Employment with the U.S. Attorney’s Office is a unique and challenging experience for the highly motivated attorney. It is an opportunity to litigate a broad range of cases involving significant, complex issues on behalf of the United States in federal. Working in the Criminal Division, you will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal laws that protect life, liberty, and property.

Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree

As an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division, attorneys will be responsible for prosecuting federal crimes, including offenses involving drug trafficking and smuggling; child exploitation; gang activity and violence; illegal immigration; national security and border security; elder abuse; cybercrime; theft of intellectual property; and financial crimes, complex fraud and/or corruption in government, health care, banking, securities, corporate activities, federal procurement, bankruptcies, and federal taxation. They will also work with law enforcement agencies to investigate such crimes, research and brief legal issues, and represent the United States in hearings, trials, and appeals.

Day-to-day responsibilities include working with law enforcement agencies and others to investigate allegations of criminal conduct, researching legal issues, drafting motions or motion responses, drafting search warrants, appearing before grand juries and in Court, and other litigation related duties.

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

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).

Applicants who previously applied online for the Assistant U.S. Attorney (Criminal) position under announcement number 20-NDCA-10652013-ES that closed on November 11, 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.

If you have applied within the last year and have not received a declination letter, your prior application is still under consideration and thus you should not re-apply.

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

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member in good standing of the bar (in 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.

If you currently represent an opposing party in litigation with the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”), please refer to Rule 3-310 of the California Rules of Professional Conduct: If you currently represent an opposing party in litigation with the DOJ or represent a client under investigation by the United States, 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.

If you are a current employee of the DOJ who is under a term of commitment to another office, please include this information in your cover letter along with a statement of whether you have discussed your application with your current employer.

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.

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

Initial Appointment: Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation. Initial appointments to AUSA positions are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

Security Requirements: Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

Residency Requirements: Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which they are appointed or within 25 miles thereof. See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district-specific information.

Residency Requirement.

The Residency Requirements ensure an adequate background investigation can be completed. It applies to all DOJ applicants, both U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens, whose job location is within the U.S. In addition, for a total of three years (not necessarily consecutive years) of the five years immediately prior to applying for a position, the applicant must have: 1) resided in the U.S.; 2) worked for the U.S. overseas in a Federal or military capacity; or, 3) been a dependent of a Federal or military employee serving overseas.

Examples of exceptions are:

– Applicant’s spouse worked for the U.S. overseas in a Federal or military capacity; or

– Applicant’s employment was in the Peace Corps; or

– Applicant has a background investigation that was completed within the last 5-years

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov.

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