SPECIAL ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY UNCOMPENSATED
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 13-CT-05
About the Office: The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut prosecutes federal criminal offenses, litigates affirmative civil fraud and enforcement actions, and defends the U.S. Government's interest in civil cases. The District of Connecticut has three offices: New Haven, Bridgeport and Hartford. More information about the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut is available on our website at www.justice.gov/usao/ct/
Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut is seeking applications from attorneys who are willing to accept an unpaid temporary position that offers a valuable opportunity to gain exposure to the office while also obtaining litigation experience and conducting trials. The successful applicant will serve as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (SAUSA) with responsibilities that include researching legal issues, drafting briefs, conducting hearings and trials, and attending judicial proceedings.
The position may continue for up to one year. Only applicants with outstanding academic records and superior legal research and writing skills will be considered. Applications must specify the jurisdiction in which the attorney is an active bar member. Any applicant invited for an interview will be required to submit a writing sample. Recent law school graduates should include a copy of their law school transcript with their application.
The SAUSA will be assigned to work with Assistant U.S. Attorneys on a variety of criminal matters in the areas mentioned below. The SAUSA will research legal issues, draft pleadings and briefs, conduct hearings and trials, and attend court proceedings.
Qualifications: Required Qualifications: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least one year of post J.D. experience.
Preferred Qualifications: Prior litigation experience is preferred, but the position is open to lawyers who are finishing judicial clerkships and to highly qualified lawyers who have recently graduated from law school.
Travel: Occasional travel within and outside the District will be required.
Type of Position: This position is temporary, not to exceed one year. It may be extended without further competition.
Salary Information: Position is without compensation. Note that employees of the Department of Justice, including uncompensated SAUSAs, may not engage in the compensated practice of law outside of the office. Attorneys are not eligible to serve as SAUSAs if they have been deferred by a law firm and received a payment for the period of their deferral, or if they will receive any payment from a law firm during their unpaid employment with the Department of Justice. Attorneys are eligible if they have received severance or other one-time payment before becoming a SAUSA, or if they have an unpaid, future commitment to join a law firm.
Positions/Locations: New Haven, CT – Criminal Division, National Security and Major Crimes Unit. This unit is responsible for prosecuting matters involving international and domestic terrorism, civil rights and hate crimes, human trafficking and child exploitation, cybercrime and identity theft, international and domestic organized crime, immigration and customs enforcement, government program and defense contractor fraud, and environmental crimes. The SAUSA hired for this position will focus on the prosecution of crimes against children, including child pornography and enticement offenses.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
Submission Process and Deadline Date: Please submit a cover letter and detailed resume to the following address:
U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Connecticut
157 Church Street, 25th Floor
New Haven, CT 06510
Position is open until filled. No telephone calls please. We will contact you if we believe an interview is appropriate or if further information is required.
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.
Internet Sites: Information about the office is available at www.justice.gov/usao/ct/. Other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at : www.justice.gov/careers/legal/attvacancies.html
Department Policies: 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.
The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any non merit factor. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys’ Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).
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