The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is unique in the size and the scope of its work. It serves as both the local and the federal prosecutor for the nation’s capital. On the local side, AUSAs assigned to the Superior Court Division prosecute cases ranging from misdemeanors to homicides. On the federal side, AUSAs assigned to the Criminal Division prosecute federal crimes. The Civil Division further defends the United States in civil suits brought in the District of Columbia.

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The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is accepting applications for attorneys to serve as Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) in the Office’s Superior Court Division. The Superior Court Division is the largest division in the Office. It has primary responsibility for the prosecution of criminal cases in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, and handles the highest volume of felony and misdemeanor cases prosecuted by the Office. Types of cases include, but are not limited to, narcotics and weapons possession; theft; assaults; domestic violence; and other serious crimes of violence, including sexual assaults; burglary; kidnaping; carjacking; and homicide.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments in the Superior Court Division will become more complex as your training and experience progress.

There may also be opportunities, although not guaranteed, for one-time rotational assignments in the Appellate, Criminal (federal), or Special Proceedings (post-conviction) Divisions, although the focus of the rotation is on work in the Superior Court Division.

AUSAs must possess the qualities necessary to excel in their mission to enforce the criminal laws of the District of Columbia and the United States. These qualities include advocacy and communication skills; superior writing and analytical skills; the ability to manage a high-volume docket; and dedication to duty. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff, investigative agencies, witnesses, and crime victims. They must also demonstrate their willingness to meet the high ethical standards expected of prosecutors in their interactions with opposing counsel and the courts.

If you submitted an application package for Announcement No. 19-DC-10377249-AUSA that closed on 4/8/2019 or 19-DC-10525892-AUSA that closed on 6/21/19, or 19-DC-10536045-AUSA that closed on 7/5/21019 you need not reapply to this announcement.

This position is located in Washington, D.C., and requires a four-year commitment.

As needed, the USAO-DC will fill additional positions using this announcement.

For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney’s Offices, visit http: www.justice.gov/careers/careers.html or https: www.justice.gov/usao-dc

Travel Required

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Supervisory status


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