The United States Attorney's Office (USAO) for the Western District of Washington is responsible for representing the federal government in virtually all litigation involving the United States in the Western District of Washington (WDWA). This includes 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. WDWA has an authorized strength of approximately 72 Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs). The USAO is divided into two litigating Divisions (Criminal and Civil). The USAO's main office is in Seattle, Washington, with a branch office located in Tacoma, Washington.
The position will be located in the Asset Forfeiture Unit of the Western District of Washington. Asset Forfeiture Unit attorneys participate in investigations to identify assets tied to federal crimes, bring appropriate civil actions against assets that constitute the proceeds of, or that were used to facilitate or conceal, those crimes, and assist prosecutors in the forfeitures associated with criminal cases, including handling the litigation of all third party claims of ownership of assets forfeited from the defendant.
Candidates for the position are requested to address the following in their cover letter and/or resume:
* Experience in Asset Forfeiture matters;
* Commitment to/interest in Asset Forfeiture;
* Experience working on complex civil litigation including;
* Managing or organizing teams in litigation, including supervision of paralegals as part of the litigation team;
* Working on civil discovery, including taking depositions, drafting and responding to discovery requests;
* Experience in conducting or overseeing financial investigations;
* Experience in white collar criminal cases, including investigations/cases involving money laundering.
Who may apply: Any U.S. Citizen.
Type of Position: All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
Location: Seattle, Washington.
The applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least three years post-J.D. experience. Ideal qualifications include at least five years of post-J.D. litigation experience.
Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability and an ability to synthesize a wide range of data, help direct an investigation and have the ability to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case. Applicants must demonstrate superior oral and writing skills, 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, support staff and client agencies. Applicants must have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment and in the highest ethical manner.
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 also must 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.
Interested persons must email in pdf format: (a) a cover letter referencing Vacancy Announcement: 15- WDWA-01 (Asset Forfeiture), addressed as set forth below, (b) a detailed resume; and (c) a writing sample meeting the criteria set forth below, to: USAWAW.Hiring@usdoj.gov.
Annette L. Hayes
Acting United States Attorney
700 Stewart Street, Suite 5220
Seattle, Washington 98101
This position is open until June 1, 2015, however applications received by April 24, 2015 will be given first consideration.
No telephone calls please.
Writing Sample: Include a sample of your legal writing, such as a portion or all of an appellate brief, memorandum of points and authorities, or opinion letter. The writing sample should be a recent example of your work and demonstrate your ability to analyze legal issues and present that analysis in written form. The sample should be predominantly your own work. If the document was edited by others, include a cover memo that briefly describes the level of editing that occurred.
Security Requirements: Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment adjudication. This includes fingerprint and credit and tax checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.