Legal Fellows Program
Opportunity for Appointment as
Special Assistant United States Attorney (uncompensated positions)
United States Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Michigan
Vacancy #FY 2014-EDMI-01-SAUSA
Legal Fellows Program Overview: Participation in the Legal Fellows Program offers a unique opportunity for attorneys looking to develop practical legal skills by working on some of the most significant, complex and visible cases being litigated today. Serving as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (SAUSA) and assigned to the Criminal Division, Civil Division, Appellate Division, or Branch Office location, you will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty and property of citizens. Criminal Division assignments include, but are not limited to, the investigation and prosecution of violent offenses, including drug trafficking, public corruption, white collar, and organized crime. Civil Division cases encompass affirmative litigation where the United States is seeking some type of monetary recovery or injunctive relief (e.g., civil rights, judgment enforcement, bankruptcy, asset forfeiture) and defensive cases involving a variety of lawsuits brought against the Federal government.
Salary Information: Individuals appointed as Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys under the Legal Fellows Program serve without compensation.
Location: It is anticipated that most opportunities under this program will be at the Detroit duty station, with occasional vacancies in the Flint and Bay City branch offices.
Minimum Qualification Requirements: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least one year of post-J.D. legal experience.
Term of Appointment: Appointments are generally made for a period not to exceed one year, subject to renewal. Individuals selected to the program will be asked to make a minimum one year commitment to serve in the office. Work schedules are generally established on a full-time basis.
Additional Conditions of Appointment: Employees of the Department of Justice, including uncompensated Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys, may not engage in the compensated practices of law outside of the office. Individuals are not eligible to serve as a SAUSA 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.
About the Office: The United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) has jurisdiction and responsibility in a broad range of areas, all of which involve representing the legal interests of the Federal government in a court of law. The Eastern District of Michigan consists of 34 counties in the eastern half of Michigan’s lower peninsula, and employs approximately 115 Assistant U.S. Attorneys.
Travel: Occasional travel may be required.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Security Requirements: Appointment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check. This includes fingerprint, credit checks, and drug testing.
Application Process and Deadline Date: Applications are being accepted under this announcement on an open continuous basis through September 30, 2014.
Interested persons should send a cover letter referencing the Legal Fellows Program, detailed resume, writing sample, and completed questionnaire (see attachment) to:
Stephanie Dawkins Davis
Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Michigan
211 W. Fort Street, Suite 2001
Detroit, MI 48226
Applicants will be evaluated by the Legal Fellows Program Selection Committee on the basis of such factors as academic performance, legal experience, research and writing ability, oral communication skills, and other legal and community service and experience.
For additional information regarding application procedures for the Legal Fellows Program, please direct e-mail inquiries to: Alicia.Collier@usdoj.gov.
Internet Sites: The home page for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Michigan, may be accessed at:
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Department Policies: 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, 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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