U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
About the Office: The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York (EDNY) is seeking experienced attorneys for positions as Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSA) in the Civil and Criminal Divisions. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney you would join one of the nation's premier litigation offices representing the United States of America in three of New York City's five boroughs -- Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island -- and all of Long Island, as well as the district's surrounding waters. The Eastern District of New York encompasses approximately eight million people, major international air and sea ports, extraordinary commercial and cultural activity, and a diversity and vitality that makes this a unique and exciting place to live and work. We value diversity of experience and cultural perspective and encourage applications from attorneys from all ethnic groups, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities.
The main office of the Criminal Division is located in Brooklyn and consists of the following seven sections: Business and Securities Fraud, Public Integrity, Organized Crime and Racketeering, Narcotics, Violent Crimes and Terrorism, Civil Rights and General Crimes. In addition, there is a Long Island Criminal Division office staffed by AUSAs responsible for investigating and prosecuting the full range of federal crimes. AUSAs represent the United States in the U.S. District Court for the EDNY and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. AUSAs work closely with Special Agents of all federal investigating agencies, as well as NYPD detectives and law enforcement officers of other local and state entities, to investigate and prosecute a broad spectrum of criminal activity. The office has one of the Department's most active and sophisticated national security programs, including international and domestic terrorism, weapons proliferation, counterespionage and cyber security prosecutions. The office also routinely prosecutes high-ranking members of traditional organized crime ("La Cosa Nostra"), as well as defendants who belong to emerging organized crime groups, including Russian and Asian organized crime enterprises, and violent international and local street gangs. Several sections within the Criminal Division prosecute significant cases involving international narcotics trafficking, immigration fraud and smuggling crimes.
The office also prosecutes a variety of sophisticated corporate and securities fraud cases, and the office is a member of the President's Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. The office's white collar prosecutions include elaborate market manipulation, corporate and securities fraud, health care fraud, mortgage fraud, money laundering and tax evasion schemes, as well as political corruption offenses, including the prosecution of elected and appointed government officials. The diverse nature of the criminal practice in the district enables AUSAs to prosecute cases involving a wide range of other crimes, including civil rights violations, human and sex trafficking crimes, child pornography and exploitation offenses, environmental crimes and firearms trafficking. The Brooklyn Criminal Division office is staffed by approximately 115 AUSAs and a number of Special AUSAs. The Long Island Criminal Division is located in Central Islip, and is staffed by 15 AUSAs. An Appeals Division, staffed by six attorneys, supervises criminal appellate work for the Brooklyn and Long Island Criminal Divisions.
The Civil Division is responsible for a wide range of both affirmative and defensive civil litigation on behalf of the United States, its agencies and officials. AUSAs commence civil cases acting on behalf of the United States in such areas as asset forfeiture; civil rights; environmental enforcement; defense contractor, health care, mortgage and government programs fraud; financial litigation; and Civil RICO. AUSAs also defend the federal government and its officials from constitutional and procedural challenges and from civil actions alleging claims in a broad spectrum of practice areas, including but not limited to, employment discrimination, torts, immigration, federal programs and federal benefits. AUSAs represent the United States in the U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts in the EDNY and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, as well as in New York State courts. The Civil Division has two offices, a main office located in Brooklyn, presently staffed by approximately 45 AUSAs and a number of Special AUSAs, and an office in the Central Islip, Long Island, staffed by seven AUSAs and a number of Special AUSAs.
Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The applicant selected for the Civil Division will represent the United States, its agencies, and officials as an AUSA in all aspects of federal civil litigation, from investigation through appeal. The applicant selected for the Criminal Division will represent the United States in all aspects of federal criminal prosecution, from investigation through appeal.
Required qualifications: An applicant must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least three years of post-J.D. relevant legal experience.
Preferred qualifications: An applicant should possess proven research and writing abilities, superior oral and interpersonal skills and judgment, and have demonstrated initiative and capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment.
United States citizenship is required.
Travel: Travel requirements vary depending on the needs of any particular case assignment. In addition, there will be some training opportunities outside New York.
Type of Position: All initial attorney appointments are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
Salary Information: Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay is $57,385 to $155,400, which includes 28.72 % locality pay.
Location: Positions filled may be located in either Brooklyn or Central Islip, and initial placement will be determined at the time of selection. A period of training will be required in the Brooklyn office.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Application Process and Deadline Date: Submit a cover letter and resume to William J. Muller, Esq., Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney, United States Attorney's Office, 271 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Thereafter, you will receive an application packet with further instructions. No telephone calls please. Position(s) open until filled.
Security Requirements: Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment adjudication. This includes fingerprint and credit checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
Internet Sites: The EDNY web site may be accessed at www.usdoj.gov/usao/nye. This and other attorney vacancy announcements with the Department of Justice can be found at: http://www.usdoj.gov/oarm/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.
All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a time-limited (temporary) basis. Temporary appointments may, or may not, be extended or made permanent without further competition.
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/pdfimage/sf0015.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 within the last 12 months 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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