The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas, with approximately 190 Assistant United States Attorneys, is among the largest in the country. The office prosecutes federal crimes and represents the interests of the United States in civil cases. The Southern District of Texas stretches from the Houston area southwest to the Mexican border.
The United States Attorney's Office operates staffed offices in Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Houston, Laredo, McAllen, and Victoria.
About the McAllen Division: The McAllen Division handles an extremely heavy criminal caseload. In 2013 alone, the McAllen office indicted over 1,900 felony cases. A total of 19 attorneys work in the office, 11 of whom prosecute the bulk of the divisions criminal cases. The successful applicant will thus have ample and immediate opportunity for courtroom work.
Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The United States Attorneys Office seeks one or more experienced criminal prosecutors to serve as Assistant United States Attorneys to fill one or more vacancies in its McAllen office. The incumbent(s) will investigate and prosecute violations of federal laws, primarily involving immigration, drug, and firearms offenses.
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 years of full-time post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.
Preferred Qualifications: Hiring preferences include strong academics, significant first-chair criminal litigation experience, outstanding organizational, superior legal writing and research ability, and a demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility, and public service. Spanish language skills and familiarity with South Texas are highly desirable, but not required.
Qualifications must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
United States citizenship is required.
Applications must be submitted online through the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/PrintPreview/393185300. The deadline to apply on-line is 11:59 p.m. (EST) on February 13, 2015. If unable to apply on-line, the announcement provides instruction on faxing your documents in the "How to Apply" tab.
Complete applications submitted through USAJOBS will include:
Required: Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire;
Required: Cover letter (including the announcement number) addressed to: Mitch Neurock, Executive Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney's Office, 1000 Louisiana, Suite 2300, Houston, TX 77002
Required: Resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (include day/month/year);
Required: Brief writing sample (not more than 20 pages); and
Required, if applicable: Documentation supporting claim for veterans' preference or hiring eligibility based on disability status (see Department Policies).
Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. All application materials must be submitted via the USAJOBS website by the closing date of the announcement. No hard copy or E-mailed documents will be accepted.
Please, no telephone calls regarding the status of an application once the announcement has closed.
If you have questions: Feel free to contact Dell Mara Lovell, Human Resources Officer, E-mail Dell.Mara.Lovell@usdoj.gov with questions regarding the application process.