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Opportunities For Lawyer

Assistant U.S. Attorney
Criminal Division, White Collar Unit
Sacramento, California

Assistant U.S. Attorney
Civil Division, Affirmative Litigation Unit
Fresno, California

Assistant U. S. Attorney
Criminal Division
Fresno, California

Uncompensated Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys (SAUSAs)
Criminal Division, Misdemeanor Unit
Sacramento, California

Uncompensated Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys (SAUSAs)
Criminal Division, Misdemeanor Unit
Fresno, California

The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California recruits for Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) or uncompensated Special Assistant United States Attorneys (SAUSAs) in the Sacramento and Fresno offices as vacancies occur.  Vacancy announcements for these positions are posted on our internet as well as the Department of Justice internet and intranet. 

Interested candidates must have a J.D. degree; be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a state, territory, or the District of Columbia; have a minimum of one year of post J.D. experience; and possess excellent academic credentials. Trial experience is a plus. Salary for AUSA positions is commensurate with experience. Candidates interested in applying for specific attorney vacancies must submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample for each posted vacancy announcement for which they would like consideration.  Resumes should be sent to: Phillip Talbert, First Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, 501 I Street, Suite 10-100, Sacramento, CA 95814.  No telephone inquiries please.

Employment for all positions is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background investigation by the Department of Justice. This is a thorough investigation that includes checks with present and former employers, military records and credit bureaus. The investigation also includes verifications of tax filings and attendance at institutions of higher learning. Those who are selected are subject to drug testing by urinalysis. United States citizenship is required.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a parent, genetic information, disability, age, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism.

Attorneys who are interested in employment in any other district or at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., should directly contact the appropriate office. For further information, contact www.usdoj.gov/oarm, or:

Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management
U.S. Department of Justice
Room 7254, Main Building
950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20530-0001
(202) 514-3396 (24-hour Recorded Information)

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Opportunities for Students

The Eastern District of California also offers several student employment opportunities through the Pathways Programs and Student Volunteer programs as follows:

Internship Program (Pathways Program):

The Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal Careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed.  To be eligible for the Pathways Intern Program, the individual must have been accepted for enrollment or be enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, undergraduate or graduate degree program, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis.  Students may be employed year round and work schedules are flexible to accommodate school schedules. During the school year, students should work between 16-20 hours per week; however, during school breaks, students may work up to 40 hours per week. Students in this program are placed in excepted appointments and are eligible to earn annual and sick leave. Vacancy announcements for the Intern Program will be posted on the Eastern District of California website and may also be posted at the following website: www.usajobs.gov.  Interested students must follow the application instructions that are posted in the vacancy announcements in order to be considered for the positions.

 

Volunteer Opportunities for Students:

The United States Attorney’s Office offers several volunteer opportunities for students enrolled or seeking enrollment in a degree seeking program (i.e., diploma, certificate, undergraduate or graduate degree program, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis.  Opportunities include the following:

Student Volunteer Service: Offers unpaid training opportunities to students in high school, college and law school. These opportunities provide work experience related to the student's academic program. Students must be enrolled at least half-time in an accredited high school, technical or vocational school, a 2-year or 4-year college or university, or a graduate or professional school to participate in this program. Positions available include the High School Student volunteer program, Student Law Clerk, victim/witness assistance, and other legal support or administrative positions.

The Law Clerk positions allow students to gain experience in researching issues; writing memoranda of findings, briefs, and motions; and observing federal court proceedings.  The student must have completed the first semester of his or her first year of law school to be eligible.

Victim/Witness Assistance Program: This program allows students to assist clients who are involved in the federal criminal justice system either as a victim or a witness. The program has two components and students may select which program they are interested in pursuing. The Victim Case Manager component allows students to assist the Victim Witness Program Coordinator in identifying victims in federal criminal cases and providing services to these victims. Students will learn about the jurisdiction, uniqueness, and complications of the federal criminal justice system. The Community Outreach component allows the student to assist with the development and administration of public meetings, forums, and conferences. Duties include agenda development, speaker selection, marketing, and document production. Outreach efforts focus on vulnerable victimized communities, including victims of hate crimes, child abuse, and government program fraud.

Students in the Administrative area will provide various duties including assisting the personnel, budget and other administrative staff.  The volunteer positions usually last one semester but may be extended.

Intern Clinic Program: This program offers school credits. Students must check with their school's clinical advisor regarding the number of units earned. During the school year, a minimum of 15 hours per week is required. Positions available include Student Law Clerk, victim/witness assistance, and other administrative positions. Duties and requirements for these positions are described in the Student Volunteer Service section above.

Resumes for Law Clerk positions should be submitted by the following deadlines: January 15th for summer positions, June 15th for fall semester positions, and October 15th for spring semester positions. Students interested in law clerk positions in the Sacramento office should submit resumes to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 501 I Street, Suite 10-100, Sacramento, CA 95814. Students interested in law clerk positions in the Fresno Branch Office should submit resumes to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 2500 Tulare Street, Suite 4401, Fresno, CA 93721. Resumes should be addressed to the attention of one of following individuals, depending on the location (Sacramento or Fresno) and Division (Criminal, Civil, or Misdemeanor) the student is interested in:

Lauren Horwood - Criminal Division (Sacramento) - (916) 554-2706
Brian Enos - Misdemeanor Unit (Fresno) - (559) 497-4058
Benjamin Hall - Civil Division (Fresno) - (559) 497-4040

Resumes for all other volunteer student positions should be submitted to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Attn:  Human Resources, 501 I Street, Suite 10-100, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Students should include a cover letter indicating the program, position, and location he or she is interested in and include a recent transcript if available.

For additional information please contact Martha Bryant, Resources Management Officer, (916) 554-2749.

Employment for all positions is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background investigation by the Department of Justice. This is a thorough investigation that includes checks with present and former employers, military records and credit bureaus. The investigation also includes verifications of tax filings and attendance at institutions of higher learning. Those who are selected are subject to drug testing by urinalysis. United States citizenship is required.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a parent, genetic information, disability, age, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism.

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Opportunities for Support Staff

The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California accepts applications for employment in non-attorney positions as posted by specific job vacancy announcements or public notices. The most common non-attorney positions are Legal Assistants, Paralegal Specialists, and other support positions. Other administrative and technical positions, such as Investigator, Auditor and Analyst occasionally become available.

Applications for support staff vacancies will only be accepted during the period of the time listed in the posted vacancy announcement. Support staff vacancy announcements will be posted at the following website: www.usajobs.gov as well as our office internet website.  Interested applicants should read the entire vacancy announcement that is posted to find out more about the position and for instructions on how to apply.  The application process is an on-line process and specific instructions will be described in the announcements.

Employment for all positions is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background investigation by the Department of Justice. This is a thorough investigation that includes checks with present and former employers, military records and credit bureaus. The investigation also includes verifications of tax filings and attendance at institutions of higher learning. Those who are selected are subject to drug testing by urinalysis. United States citizenship is required.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a parent, genetic information, disability, age, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism.

Qualification requirements vary for support positions and will be specified in each vacancy announcement.

Martha Bryant, Resources Management Officer, U.S. Attorney's Office
501 I Street Suite 10-100
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 554-2700

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