About the Office: 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.
As a general rule, during their first four years of service with this Office, Assistant U.S. Attorneys "rotate" through a series of assignments, each of which is of several months duration. However, Assistants who join the Office with particular expertise may be eligible for acceleration through the rotation process; also, Office needs and Assistant skill and development may result in an adjustment from the general schedule. The rotation of assignments provides training in criminal investigation, allows Assistants to develop their trial and oral advocacy skills, and offers exposure to the myriad issues raised by the wide variety of cases the Office handles. The first assignment in the rotation is normally to the Appellate Division or to the Misdemeanor Unit in either the Sex Offense and Domestic Violence Section or the Felony Major Crimes Trial Section. If an Assistant starts in Appellate, he/she will then rotate to one of the Misdemeanor Units.
Following the Assistant's tenure in Misdemeanors, he/she moves to the Felony Major Crimes Trial Section. Following this assignment, a number of things may occur: Assistants may move to the Felony Unit of the Sex Offense and Domestic Violence Section to prosecute domestic violence felony cases; Assistants may transfer to the U.S. District Court Criminal Division to serve in one of its specialized sections in a rotational assignment; Assistants may return to the Felony Major Crimes Trial Section after completing an assignment in another Section or Division of the Office; or an Assistant may transfer into a specialized or "senior" assignment in the Office. The order and length of any Assistant's assignment depends upon the staffing needs of the Office.
Qualifications: 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. Although experience in the criminal justice system as either a prosecutor or defense attorney is not necessary, we do require at least one year 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.
Type of Position: All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
Location: The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia is located at 555 4th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. The office is a few blocks from Capitol Hill and close to the National Mall and the downtown area.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be paid.
Application Process and Deadline Date: 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 Criminal AUSA positions should be mailed to:
Vincent H. Cohen, Jr.
Principal Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney's Office
District of Columbia
555 Fourth St., N.W., Room 5810
Washington, D.C. 20530
No telephone calls please. Position is open until filled, but no later than Wednesday, December 31, 2014.
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: http://www.justice.gov/usao/districts/dc.html
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