Assistant United States Attorney – Newport News

Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and the Office of the U.S. Attorneys

Our mission is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States, provide Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime, seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior and to administer and enforce the Nations laws to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. We strive to build a stronger office through recruitment efforts and maintain the high standards of the office by promoting professional development.

Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree

An appointment as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) with the U.S. Attorney’s Office offers unique and challenging experiences for highly motivated attorneys: an opportunity to work on their own caseload and handle their own trials. Working in the Newport News Office, the AUSA will be part of a dedicated team helping to prosecute federal criminal cases and prepare appeals across many areas of federal criminal prosecution. Although the responsibilities of this position will encompass the full scope of criminal matters handled by the Office, it will include the prosecution of child exploitation offenses.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.

Security Requirements: Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment 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 he or she is appointed or within 25 miles thereof. See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district-specific information.

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

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), have at least three-years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience, and possess superior oral and written communication skills as well as strong interpersonal skills, exhibit good judgment and function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience litigating criminal cases, and in particular, experience litigating in the federal sector or in the federal courts, and a federal judicial clerkship is desirable. Equivalent experience litigating in state courts will also be considered.

United States citizenship is required.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.

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