The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Illinois is a fast-paced, collegial, and energetic office which seeks to maintain the highest standards of excellence in the enforcement of federal laws and the representation of the United States. Our headquarters are located in Fairview Heights, Illinois, a suburb of St. Louis, MO. Our branch offices are located in Benton and East St. Louis, in or near the federal courthouse. The office employs 32 attorneys and 34 support staff.
The Southern District of Illinois is comprised of the lower 38 counties of the State of Illinois and has a population of approximately 1.2 million. Our most populous counties, Madison and St. Clair, are adjacent to the Mississippi River and are within the St. Louis, Missouri, metropolitan area.
The USAO has one Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) position available in our Fairview Heights office in the Civil Division. The work of the Civil Division mirrors the varied activities of the federal government and offers perhaps the most challenging and diverse caseload of any law office, public or private, in the country. Civil Division AUSAs handle virtually every conceivable variety of affirmative and defensive civil cases at both the trial and appellate level, involving matters such as health care (medical malpractice claims arising out of treatment at a Veterans Hospital or other federally-supported health facilities), commercial, civil rights (Bivens actions), environmental, false claims, challenges to administrative or regulatory actions, novel constitutional claims, and immigration matters. Thus, its work comprises all types of tort and other claims against the sovereign, its agencies and agents.
All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a time-limited (temporary) basis. Temporary appointments may be extended or made permanent without further competition.
Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school and be an active member in good standing of the bar of any jurisdiction.
Preferred qualifications: Admission to the Illinois bar is not required but is preferred. Preferred experience is at least one year but no more than three years of post-J.D. litigation experience. Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability, good judgment, and superior communication and courtroom skills. Applicants must be team players who exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff and client agencies. Applicants must have demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment.
Interested applicants should e-mail a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail the application to Lindsey Lester-Brutscher, Administrative Officer, United States Attorney's Office, 9 Executive Drive, Fairview Heights, IL 62208.
No telephone calls please. This vacancy announcement will remain open from February 13, 2015 to February 27, 2015.