The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia (USAODC) is unique among the 94 United States Attorneys' Offices across the nation by virtue of its size and its varied responsibilities. It is the largest United States Attorney's Office with up to 350 Assistant United States Attorneys and 350 support personnel. The size of this Office is the result of the breadth of our responsibility for criminal law enforcement and our location in the nation's capital. We are responsible not only for the prosecution of all federal crimes, but also for the prosecution of all serious local crimes committed by adults in the District of Columbia. In addition, we represent the United States and its departments and agencies in civil proceedings filed in federal court in the District of Columbia. As the principal prosecutor for all criminal offenses in this jurisdiction, and as the principal litigator for the United States in the nation's capital, this Office offers extensive litigation experience before over 100 judges in the federal and local courts and unique opportunities for important public service.
The applicant(s) selected will represent the United States as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in a wide range of civil cases, including cases that are unique and complex. The Civil Division handles both affirmative and defensive civil litigation in both trial and appellate courts. The Division does not have formal subcomponents, so civil AUSAs may be assigned all types of cases and may remain responsible for all proceedings in their assigned cases from inception until final resolution, including trials and appeals.
Approximately seventy percent of the Civil Division's defensive case docket consists of cases brought under the Freedom of Information Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the federal employment discrimination laws. Other kinds of defensive cases, including Federal Tort Claims Act cases and Privacy Act cases, account for smaller percentages. The Division's affirmative case docket is comprised largely of procurement fraud cases, health care fraud cases, and whistleblower cases brought as qui tam actions under the False Claims Act.
Civil AUSAs must serve as effective and dedicated advocates for the government's interests, timely and efficiently pursue the just resolution of their assigned cases, and make sound and legally supportable decisions toward those ends. They must possess the foresight and organizational and legal skills needed to manage a large and diverse caseload that involves lengthy and difficult litigation. They must be able to identify the relevant legal and factual issues in their assigned cases, and to develop and implement effective strategies for all proceedings in those cases, including motions practice, discovery, alternative dispute resolution, trial, and appeal. They must be able to work well with their colleagues, supervisors, support staff, and other participants in litigation such as court personnel, opposing counsel and parties, agency counsel, and witnesses. They must have strong legal research skills, be able to produce high quality written work even under deadline pressure, and be persuasive oral advocates. Newly-hired civil AUSAs are expected to quickly develop subject matter expertise in all areas in which the Civil Division regularly practices, and to possess or rapidly acquire expert-level knowledge of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, and the Federal Rules of Evidence.
The ideal candidate will have outstanding legal ability, high moral character, mature judgment, a keen desire for public service, and an exceptional aptitude for litigation. Selections are made of the most highly qualified attorneys who apply, without regard to race, sex, creed, color, national origin, handicap, age, or political affiliation. Prior civil litigation experience, although highly desirable, is not mandatory. We do, however, require at least two (2) years of legal experience following admission to the Bar.
Interested applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any state, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and have at least one year post J.D. legal experience. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing.
United States citizenship is required. Applicants should review D.C. Bar Opinion 210 and ascertain whether they have a conflict of interest that they need to address.
All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
An application package for a position with this Office should include a letter of application, resume, legal writing sample and an official law school transcript. The writing sample selected for submission should be the applicant's exclusive work product. If the writing sample was edited, or if there were other contributors, applicants are expected to identify those portions of the writing sample not exclusively their own work product and the extent of editing done by others. Applicants may also submit letters of reference from persons recommending appointment.
All applications and supporting documentation for Civil AUSA positions should be mailed to:
Paralegal to the Civil Chief
United States Attorney's Office
District of Columbia
501 Third St., N.W., Room E4421
Washington, D.C. 20530
No telephone calls please.
Position is open until filled, but no later than Wednesday, December 31, 2014.