The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California represents the Federal government in virtually all litigation involving the United States in the Eastern District of California. This includes all criminal prosecutions for violations of Federal law, civil lawsuits by and against the government, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California is headquartered in Sacramento. The District includes the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada Mountains and encompasses most of the land mass of California – from the Coastal Mountain Range to the Nevada border, and from Bakersfield in the south to the Oregon border. The Bakersfield office serves Kern County and the surrounding areas within the southern part of the Eastern District of California.
Bakersfield, considered the Southern Gateway to the Central Valley, is the ninth largest city in California and one of the fastest growing regions in the nation. Steeped in music history, the city is the birthplace of the country music genre known worldwide as the Bakersfield Sound. Bakersfield is the seat of Kern County, which generates 76 percent of the state’s oil supply and ranks third among all counties in the United States in agriculture-related production. Bakersfield enjoys a wide variety of entertainment with the Centennial Garden arena, convention center, theaters, museums, and art galleries. The community is home to three minor league sports teams: The Bakersfield Blaze (baseball), The Bakersfield Condors (ice hockey), and The Bakersfield Blitz (arena football). Outdoor activities abound to include two lakes, several private and public golf courses and tennis facilities, three auto racing tracks, as well as whitewater rafting on the Kern River. Bakersfield is partially surrounded by three mountain ranges and is approximately 110 miles from Los Angeles, providing entertainment and recreational activities of all types.
As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.
The United States Attorney is seeking an experienced attorney to serve as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the Bakersfield Office. The Assistant U.S. Attorney will be responsible for handling a variety of criminal cases with an emphasis on narcotics and violent crime.
Following appointment, Assistant U.S. Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which they are appointed. See 28 U.S.C. § 545 for district-specific information.
This is a permanent position; however, all initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
This position is open to any U.S. Citizen to apply.
Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess 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, and have at least one year of post-J.D. experience. Applicants must be active members in good standing of the bar (any jurisdiction). Ideal qualifications include at least 3-5 years of experience litigating cases in federal courts, with substantial responsibility for all aspects of discovery, trial, and appeals.
Preferred Qualifications: Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability and the facility to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case. Applicants must demonstrate superior oral and writing skills as well as strong research and interpersonal skills, and good judgment. Applicants must possess excellent communication and courtroom skills and exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, paralegals, support staff and client agencies. Applicants must have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment.
Preferred Qualifications: Applicants will be expected to do their own legal research and writing and will be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence and pleadings. Applicants must also demonstrate excellent computer literacy skills to include experience with automated research on the Internet, electronic court filing, and electronic e-mail and word processing systems.
Preferred Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have some experience working with multi-agency task forces; will have substantial experience and familiarity with federal grand jury practice; will have experience with the use of a multitude of investigatory techniques, including electronic surveillance, tracking devices, search warrants, telephone toll record analysis and asset seizure and forfeiture; and will demonstrate the ability to handle complex cases from the initial investigative stage through trial. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have some subject matter expertise in prosecuting gang violence and/or drug trafficking organizations.
Security Requirements: Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, tax and credit checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
Interested applicants should send a complete application package which should include a resume, cover letter, and recent writing sample via email to USACAE.AUSAHiring@usdoj.gov. The cover letter should be addressed to: United States Attorney’s Office, ATTN: Phillip A. Talbert, U.S. Attorney 501 I Street, Suite 10-100, Sacramento, CA 95814.
Resumes should include a detailed description of employment history, to include dates of employment (month/year). This announcement is open until filled but no later than Friday, April 14, 2023. Applications must be received by email (USACAE.AUSAHiring@usdoj.gov) no later than 11:59pm Pacific Time on the closing date to be considered. Please include the vacancy announcement number listed at the top of this announcement (23-EDCA-05A) on your resume and cover letter.
Applications must be received via the email address indicated above and applications received by mail will not be accepted. No telephone calls please.
This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/attvacancies.html and http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/cae.
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.