The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia has four offices which are located in Alexandria, Richmond, Norfolk, and Newport News. Assistant U.S. Attorneys are assigned to each of these offices to prosecute criminal and civil cases. The District consists of more than 19,000 square miles and has a population of approximately 6.2 million. The District has numerous federal agencies (including the Defense Department and the CIA), military installations, and major airports.
An appointment with the U.S. Attorney's Office offers unique and challenging experiences for the highly motivated attorney. The successful candidate will be hired as an Assistant United States Attorney as the Deputy Chief of the Special Assistant United States Attorneys (SAUSA) Unit. The SAUSA Unit is comprised of attorneys from other Department of Justice components and federal agencies who are participating in a six-month rotation through the USAO in order to gain criminal litigation and courtroom experience. In addition, new criminal AUSAs in the Alexandria Office rotate through the unit after they are hired. The individual selected for the position will effectively serve as the co-chief in the day-to-day felony and misdemeanor work of the SAUSA Unit, which will include assigning and supervising cases handled within the unit, providing training and lectures on various criminal procedures and issues, serving as a liaison between the USAO and the court, and assisting the Chief in supervising attorneys and staff within the unit. In addition, the selectee will personally prosecute a wide variety of criminal cases.
All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation. Temporary appointments, may or may not, be made permanent without further competition.
Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), have at least three-years post-JD legal or other relevant experience, and possess superior oral and written communication skills as well as strong interpersonal skills, exhibit good judgment and function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment. Applicants must have exceptional brief writing and oral advocacy skills, excellent analytical ability, good judgment, and impeccable integrity. In addition, applicants must exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff, and client agencies, and the ability to lead, motivate, mentor and evaluate other highly qualified attorneys.
Preferred qualifications: Ideal qualifications include at least five years of litigation experience in the role of lead counsel, with federal jury trials and oral arguments in federal appeals, and prior experience supervising other litigation attorneys. Prior supervisory experience is desired but not required.
United States citizenship is required.
Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which he or she is appointed or within 25 miles thereof. See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district-specific information.
Applications must be submitted online through the following link: