The Western District of Kentucky covers 53 western counties in Kentucky. The main office is in Louisville, Kentucky, with branch offices in Bowling Green, Owensboro, and Paducah. The office presently has 40 attorneys and 53 support staff. The office seeks to maintain the highest standards of excellence in the enforcement of federal laws and the representation of the United States.
You may access the webpage for the United States Attorney’s Office, Western District of Kentucky, at https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdky.
The United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Kentucky is seeking applications from experienced litigators for an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the Criminal Division. Assistant United States Attorneys assigned to the Criminal Division prosecute federal criminal cases, such as fraud, public corruption, money laundering, immigration offenses, economic crime, narcotics offenses, firearms violations and violent crimes. The preferred applicant will have significant experience in the investigation and prosecution of a wide range of violent crimes to include those involving firearms and narcotics trafficking. A successful record of working with law enforcement personnel during the investigation and prosecution of cases is crucial. Responsibilities include grand jury, trial, and appellate practices. The successful applicant will receive extensive Department of Justice training, including trial advocacy courses.
As needed, additional positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.
All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least three (3) years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.
If not a member of the Kentucky Bar, a successful applicant is encouraged to become a member of the Kentucky Bar within a reasonable period of time.
United States citizenship is required.
Preferred qualifications: Outstanding academic record; three (3) to five (5) years of litigation experience; experience in the preparation and trial of violent crime and narcotics cases; strong legal research and writing ability; strong courtroom advocacy skills; superior organizational skills; and computer literacy skills. Applicants will be expected to do independent legal research and writing and shall be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence and pleadings. Preferred applicants will have excellent communication skills and demonstrated team-building and leadership skills.
You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of the announcement.
Security Requirements: Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment 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.
To apply for this position, you must create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume and all required documents through www.USAJOBS.gov. Search for Announcement Number 20-KYW-10718006-AUSA or click the link to view: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/559401000.
Complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the announcement. The complete package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EDT) on February 18, 2020, to receive consideration.
Any applicant invited for an interview will be required to submit a writing sample.
Questions concerning this vacancy announcement should be directed to Sandy Focken, Human Resources Officer, at 502-582-5998 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.