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 trial experience before over 100 judges in the federal and local courts and unique opportunities for important public service.
The applicant selected will represent the United States in a wide range of unique and complex cases. As a general rule, newly hired Assistant United States Attorneys who are assigned to the Superior Court Division should expect to spend four to five years rotating through a series of assignments during which they will investigate and prosecute local crimes in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Assistants who join the Office with a particular expertise may be eligible for acceleration through the rotation process. 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 of issues raised by the wide variety of cases that the Office handles.
The first assignment is typically to the Appellate Division, the Special Proceedings Division, or a Misdemeanor Unit in either the Sex Offense and Domestic Violence Section or the Felony Major Crimes Trial Section of the Superior Court Division. If an Assistant starts in the Appellate Division or the Special Proceedings Division, he or she will then rotate to one of the Misdemeanor Units in the Superior Court Division. After completing a rotational assignment in a Misdemeanor Unit, Assistants will generally rotate through the three tiers of the Felony Major Crimes Trial Section. During or after completing these rotational assignments, a number of things may occur. Assistants may be assigned to the Felony Unit of the Sex Offense and Domestic Violence Section where they will investigate and prosecute felony domestic violence cases. Assistants may be assigned to a rotational position in the Appellate Division or the Special Proceedings Division if they did not previously complete that assignment. Or Assistants may be assigned to a rotational position in the Criminal Division where they will investigate and prosecute federal crimes in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Afterwards, Assistants will generally return to a rotational position in the Felony Major Crimes Trial Section, or they may be selected for a senior, non-rotational position in the Superior Court Division or elsewhere in the Office. The order and length of any assignment depends upon the staffing needs of the Office and the Assistant’s performance and professional development during the rotation.
All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
The ideal candidate will have outstanding legal ability, high moral character, mature judgment, a keen desire for public service, and an exceptional aptitude for intensive trial work. Selections are made of the most highly qualified attorneys who apply, without regard to race, sex, religion, creed, color, national origin, handicap, age, marital status, gender identity, sexual orientation or political affiliation. Prior litigation or trial experience, although highly desirable, is not mandatory. We do, however, require at least one (1) 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.
An application package for a position with this Office should include a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample and an official law school transcript. Cover letters must include the vacancy announcement number and the Division. 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 Superior Court Division AUSA positions should be mailed to:
Alessio D. Evangelista
Principal Assistant United States
Attorney United States Attorney's Office
District of Columbia 555 Fourth St., N.W., Room 5810
Washington, D.C. 20530
Attention: Lynita Greene
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 Monday, December 31, 2018.
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
This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/vacancies.