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Uncompensated Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (SAUSA)
Vacancy Announcement

UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE Northern District of Georgia

About the Office: The United States Attorney's Office prosecutes federal criminal offenses and represents the U.S. government's interest in civil cases affirmatively and defensively. The United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Georgia, is located in Atlanta. The Criminal Division investigates and prosecutes federal cases arising from a wide array of criminal activity. The Division is divided into several sections: Economic Crime; Public Corruption; National Security and Violent Crime; Narcotics and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force; Appellate; and Intake. The Civil Division affirmatively litigates cases involving the False Claims Act and other statutes, defends the United States and its agencies and employees in a wide range of civil actions, and seeks recovery of assets from persons and entities in forfeiture actions and other cases.

Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The United States Attorney's Office is seeking applications from attorneys who are willing to accept temporary positions that, while unpaid, offer attorneys a valuable opportunity to gain exposure to the office while also obtaining litigation and potentially incourt experience in trials and evidentiary hearings. Criminal SAUSAs will focus on illegal reentry matters, working directly with AUSAs on pending investigations and charged cases. Civil SAUSAs will work directly with AUSAs on both affirmative and defensive cases, again with an eye toward assisting in interviews, depositions, and courtroom advocacy when available. Unpaid Criminal SAUSAs also are eligible to participate in the Criminal Division's intensive new attorney training program.

These SAUSAs will be assigned to work with Assistant U.S. Attorneys on a variety of criminal or civil matters. The SAUSAs will research legal issues, draft pleadings and briefs, provide support at hearings and trials, and attend different court proceedings. If appropriate, supervising attorneys will provide SAUSAs with opportunities for incourt advocacy at trials and evidentiary hearings.


Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction). United States citizenship is required.

Preferred qualifications: At least two years of post-J.D. litigation experience is preferred, but the positions are open to lawyers who are finishing judicial clerkships. Applicants must possess superior legal research and writing skills, and those invited for interviews must furnish a writing sample that shows depth in analytical thinking and proficiency in legal research.

Travel: Occasional travel, both within and outside the district, may be required.

Type of Position: These positions require a minimum commitment of six months. They are temporary, not-to-exceed one year. These positions may be extended without further competition.

Salary Information: None - this is an uncompensated position. Employee benefits for this position will be limited.

Note: Employees of the Department of Justice, including uncompensated Special Assistant United States Attorneys, may not engage in the compensated practice of law outside the office. Attorneys are not eligible to serve as Special Assistant United States Attorneys if they have had an employment offer deferred by a law firm and received a payment for the period of their deferral with the expectation of future employment with the law firm, or if they will receive any payment from a law firm during their unpaid employment with the Department of Justice. In addition, contractors, including employees of contractors who do business with the Department of Justice, and who also are attorneys, are not eligible to serve as uncompensated Special Assistant United States Attorneys.

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Application Process and Deadline Date: Please submit a cover letter and resume (electronic pdf format preferred) to:


Tanya Smilley
Human Resources Specialist
600 Richard Russell Building
75 Spring Street, SW Atlanta, GA 30303

Please submit only one application.

No telephone calls please.

Position is open until filled, but applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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.

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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, 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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