UNCOMPENSATED SPECIAL ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Southern District of California
About the Office: The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of California is one of the largest in the country. This office prosecutes federal crimes and defends the interests of the United States Government in civil cases. The Southern District of California encompasses San Diego and Imperial Counties and includes a branch office located in El Centro, California.
Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered:The U.S. Attorney's Office is currently interviewing for a limited number of uncompensated one-year term Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (SAUSA) positions in the Criminal Division for both its San Diego and Imperial County offices. Selected candidates will be assigned to the General Crimes Section of our office. The caseload for the General Crimes Section where they will get intensive courtroom and trial experience in both U.S. Magistrate and District Court handling a large volume of cases. The General Crimes Section handles a significant number of drug and immigration cases, along with a variety of other federal offenses such as alien smuggling, bank embezzlement, bankruptcy fraud, mortgage fraud, and child exploitation.
Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree. Exceptional lawyers who are members of any state bar will be considered. Proof of an active state bar membership is required. Candidates must possess outstanding academic credentials.
Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability and the facility to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case. Applicants must demonstrate superior oral and writing skills, as well as strong research and interpersonal skills and good judgment. Applicants must possess excellent communication and courtroom skills and exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff, and client agencies. Applicants must also demonstrate excellent computer literacy skills, to include experience with automated research on the Internet, electronic court filing, and electronic e-mail and word processing systems.
All SAUSAs are given training by the U.S. Department of Justice and by the U.S. Attorney's Office. Appointment is subject to an FBI background investigation, including credit, arrest, reference and drug use inquiries. U.S. citizenship is required.
Travel: Occasional travel, both within and outside the District, may be required, depending on the needs of particular cases.
Salary Information: The Special Assistant United States Attorney position is an uncompensated position.
Location: San Diego, California and El Centro, California. The Southern District of California is home to the largest concentration of Navy and Marine Corps installations in the world. The entire southern boundary of the District borders the Republic of Mexico. Contained within the District are international ports of entry at San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, Tecate, Calexico (two ports, East and West) and Andrade. The entire western boundary of the District lies on the Pacific Ocean, with a major port in San Diego.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not paid.
Application Process and Deadline Date: Application materials must be postmarked by the deadline date of February 22, 2013. Please reference Vacancy Announcement #13-SDCA-SAUSA-CR-01 in your cover letter. Applicants should fill out the Southern District of California's application form, and send the application, a cover letter, resume and writing sample to:
Laura E. Duffy
United States Attorney
Southern District of California
880 Front Street, Room 6293
San Diego, CA 92101-8893
A copy of the application form may be viewed as an attachment on our web-site or may be obtained in Word or WordPerfect format by e-mail request to Nitza.Williamson@usdoj.gov, or by telephone request to Nitza Williamson at (619) 546-9273. Any other inquiries may also be directed to Ms. Williamson.
Internet Sites: http://www.justice.gov/usao/cas/employ/ausaPositions.html
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Department Policies: Special Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which they are appointed. 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, politics, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism. 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, http://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 documents). 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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