The United States Attorneys' Offices prosecute federal criminal offenses and represent the interests of the United States in civil and criminal cases. The United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Tennessee serves 22 counties in West Tennessee spanning 11,331 square miles. The office employs over 70 individuals with 35 attorneys assigned to the Memphis office, four attorneys assigned to the Jackson Branch office, and 37 support staff. Our office is large enough to enjoy a wide variety of case assignments and small enough to be collegial and collaborative. We place a high value on diversity of experience and cultural perspective. We encourage applications from trial attorneys from all ethnic groups, all genders, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Our headquarters office is located in Memphis, with a staffed branch office in Jackson, TN. This position is located at the main office in Memphis, TN.
Our Criminal Division investigates and prosecutes federal cases arising from a wide array of criminal activity. The Civil Division handles a wide variety of civil cases at the district court and appellate level.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Tennessee has an opening for Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) to be filled in the Criminal or Civil Division.
Working in the Criminal Division, the AUSA will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal laws and prepare appeals. This attorney will prosecute a wide variety of federal criminal cases, including fraud, immigration, public corruption, money laundering, violent crimes, white collar, firearms, gang prosecutions and environmental crimes.
The Civil Division handles a wide variety of civil cases at the district court and appellate level. These cases include: prisoner litigation, defense of social security claims, defensive torts (property damage and personal injury), Bivens claims, employment discrimination, land condemnations, foreclosures, defensive environment claims, affirmative civil enforcement, commercial litigation, challenges to agency actions, tax matter, affirmative civil rights and bankruptcy.
Type of Position:
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.
Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least one year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.
United States citizenship is required.
Preferred Qualifications: Ideally, applicants will have one to three years of experience litigating cases in federal court or similar relevant experience, with responsibility for all aspects of discovery, pretrial hearings, trials, and appeals. The ideal applicant will also have some appellate writing and oral advocacy experience, and a demonstrated ability to work well with others, from support personnel to supervisors. Applicants must be flexible and willing to learn new areas of the law, forthright and diplomatic in dealing with client agencies and the court, and dedicated to public service by way of a commitment to representing the United States.
Applicants must demonstrate superior written and oral communication skills. They must be able to define and articulate critical issues in a wide variety of cases and areas of law. Applicants must be able to manage a caseload composed of very different kinds of cases with correspondingly different demands and deadlines. Applicants must be self-starters, willing and able to conduct their own legal research and writing, be substantially self-sufficient in managing cases and deadlines, preparing day-to-day correspondence and filings, and using computer programs and systems (CM/ECF, word processing, Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, etc.).
To apply for this position, you must create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the announcement. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on April 20, 2015 to receive consideration.
1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. (It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.) Required documents and information:
• Cover letter that highlights interest in the position and addresses in detail how the applicant meets the qualifications
• Summary of litigation experience, including the number and types of cases handled and tried
• Writing sample; and
No telephone calls please. To receive consideration for this vacancy, applications/resumes must be submitted by 4-20-2015.