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Employment Opportunities for: Attorneys | Support Staff | Students

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York is a medium-sized governmental office, covering 32 counties in Upstate New York. We accept applications from law students and admitted attorneys. The United States Attorney is Richard S. Hartunian. The office has four staffed locations, in Syracuse (21 attorneys), Albany (17 attorneys), Binghamton (2 attorneys), and Plattsburgh (3 attorneys).

The office has Criminal, Civil, and Appellate Divisions. The Criminal Division is responsible for the prosecution of federal crimes in areas including drugs, firearms, environmental crimes, child pornography, gang violence, smuggling, organized crime, white collar crime, and terrorism. The Civil Division represents federal agencies and employees in tort claims, constitutional torts, medical malpractice, bankruptcy, and general civil litigation; and maintains civil prosecutions under the False Claims Act. The Appellate Division is responsible for the prosecution of both criminal and civil appeals. The office hires experienced attorneys (as Assistant United States Attorney), support staff, and qualified law students (as interns).

There are three general areas of employment. Please use the links above for more information

Non-discrimination

'It is the policy of the United States Attorney’s Offices (USAOs) and the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) to provide equal opportunity in employment on the basis of merit and to prohibit discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability (physical or mental), sexual orientation or reprisal. (United States Attorneys' Manual section 3-5.000). The foregoing policy, which applies to employees, is also followed by this office regarding volunteer student interns.

For all U.S. Attorney Office vacancies in the Northern District of New York click here. Visit the Department of Justice's web site at Department of Justice's Current Job Openings for more employment opportunities. Also at Department of Justice's Legal Vacancies.

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EMPLOYMENT FOR ADMITTED ATTORNEYS

Current opportunities: The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of New York is seeking attorneys to work in the Criminal and Civil Divisions of our offices in Albany, Plattsburgh, and/or Syracuse, New York. Interested persons should send a cover letter, detailed resume, and writing sample to USANYN.applications@usdoj.gov or by mail to:

Edward R. Broton, Chair, Hiring Committee
Attn: Jeri Fowler, Human Resources Officer
United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York
100 South Clinton Street
Syracuse, New York 13261

Please be certain to include your position (civil/criminal) and location preference(s) in your application materials. The announcement opened February 7, 2014, and positions are open until filled, but not later than February 6, 2015. (The filling of these positions is subject to the availability of funds). The complete announcement may be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Vacancy Announcement No. 14-NDNY02 Opens February 7, 2014

or

http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/jobs/14-ndny02.htm

Background checks

All offers of employment, including positions for attorneys are conditioned upon the successful clearance of a background check. Employment cannot be commenced until the employee has cleared.

Non-discrimination

This office follows the Equal Employment Opportunity Policy in United States Attorney’s Manual (USAM) §3-5.100, which states in part, "It is the policy of the United States Attorney’s Offices (USAOs) and the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) to provide equal opportunity in employment on the basis of merit and to prohibit discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability (physical or mental), sexual orientation or reprisal." Relevant hiring policies are described in detail in USAM Chapter 3-5.000. This office does not subscribe to non-discrimination policies of any third party, including law schools.

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EMPLOYMENT FOR SUPPORT STAFF

Openings periodically occur for various permanent positions as a support staff member. Job titles include Legal Assistant, Paralegal, and various administrative positions.

Duties, depending upon position, may include the assisting attorneys in the prosecution of federal crimes, the civil defense of government agencies and employees, civil prosecutions, the argument of both criminal and civil appeals, and/or the identification and forfeiture of assets. Qualifications may include outstanding academic credentials; demonstrated research, writing and analytical ability; typing speed, and U.S. citizenship.

Background checks

All offers of employment, including positions for support staff, are conditioned upon the successful clearance of a background check. Employment cannot be commenced until the employee has cleared.

Non-discrimination

This office follows the Equal Employment Opportunity Policy in United States Attorney’s Manual (USAM) §3-5.100, which states in part, "It is the policy of the United States Attorney’s Offices (USAOs) and the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) to provide equal opportunity in employment on the basis of merit and to prohibit discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability (physical or mental), sexual orientation or reprisal." Relevant hiring policies are described in detail in USAM Chapter 3-5.000. This office does not subscribe to non-discrimination policies of any third party, including law schools.

 

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR LAW STUDENTS

Law students are selected as volunteer interns during both the academic year and summer. Law students perform legal research, draft memoranda, observe court proceedings, and generally assist in litigation and trials. Qualifications include outstanding academic credentials; demonstrated research, writing and analytical ability; and U.S. citizenship.

Law students typically work part-time during the academic year and full-time during the summer. "Split" summers are allowed but not encouraged. Law students may also work full time during either the fall or spring semester. (Please check with your law school to see if it allows off-campus internships).

Law student internships are volunteer positions. During the academic year and summer, academic credit may be granted by your law school. This office participates in work study programs. Applications should include a cover letter, resume and writing sample, and should be sent directly to the following persons:

Syracuse
Assistant United States Attorney Charles E. Roberts
P.O. Box 7198
100 S. Clinton St.
Syracuse, N.Y. 13261-7198
Applications may be emailed to Barbara.Jaggers@usdoj.gov
Inquiries: Barbara Jaggers, tele. 315.448-0672, fax 315.448-0646
Hiring needs: approx. 9 students summer (full time); approx. 18 students academic year (part time).


Albany
Assistant United States Attorney Tom Spina
James T. Foley Courthouse
445 Broadway
Albany, N.Y. 12207

Academic year (part time)
Contact: Tom Spina, tele. 518.431.0247; fax 518.431.0249
Hiring needs: approx. 5 students

Summer (full time)
Contact: Ed Grogan, tele. 518.431.0247; fax 518.431.0249
Hiring needs: approx. 4-8 students


Binghamton
Assistant United States Attorney Miro Lovric
United States Courthouse
15 Henry Street
Binghamton, N.Y. 13901
Applications may be emailed to Kathleen.S.Torres@usdoj.gov
Inquiries: Kathleen Torres, tele. 607.773.2888, fax 607.773-2901
Hiring needs: approx. 2 students summer (full time); approx. 1 student academic year (part time).

Plattsburgh
Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth Horsman
14 Durkee Street
Plattsburgh, N.Y. 12901
Applications may be emailed to Elizabeth.Horsman@usdoj.gov
Inquiries: Elizabeth Horsman, tele. 518.314.7800, fax 518.314-7811
Hiring needs: 1 student summer (full time).

Background Checks

The office performs a background check on all applicants. Law students must pass a background check before they can begin working as interns. Common issues that arise are as follows:

  • Citizenship: Students must be U.S. citizens or owe permanent allegiance to the United States (natives of American Samoa).

  • Drug use: Any type of illegal drug use within 12 months of completing the background check paperwork is an automatic disqualification. Admitted drug use outside this 12-month period will require a letter of explanation describing the events surrounding the drug use.

  • Credit history: All outstanding credit problems must be resolved before work can begin. A history of serious credit problems may be grounds for disqualification.

  • Employment History: Students must submit a written explanation if they have been fired from a previous job, quit after having been told that they would be fired, or left a job by mutual agreement because of specific problems.

  • Criminal History: Students must submit a written explanation if they have been charged, convicted, imprisoned, or been on probation or parole for any offense.

Non-discrimination

'It is the policy of the United States Attorney’s Offices (USAOs) and the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) to provide equal opportunity in employment on the basis of merit and to prohibit discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability (physical or mental), sexual orientation or reprisal. (United States Attorneys' Manual section 3-5.000). The foregoing policy, which applies to employees, is also followed by this office regarding volunteer student interns.

Application deadline

The application deadline for both academic year and summer law student internships is January 15.

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