The United States Attorney Office for the Northern District of Illinois has over 160 Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) working in its Criminal and Civil Divisions. AUSAs assigned to the Criminal Division handle a wide variety of cases, including drug trafficking and money-laundering crimes, terrorism-related offenses, firearms, and other violent crime offenses, cyber-crimes, environmental crimes, and a variety of fraud, public corruption, and white-collar offenses. AUSAs assigned to the Civil Division handle an array of defensive and affirmative litigation on behalf of the United States, its agencies, and employees. Defensive litigation includes medical malpractice and other personal injury cases, employment discrimination cases, challenges to agency actions, FOIA, immigration, etc. Affirmative matters include civil rights, environmental, food and drug, along with health-care and other civil fraud cases.
The District has two offices that are located in Chicago and Rockford. AUSAs are assigned to each of these offices to handle criminal and civil cases. Attorneys in both offices work closely with agents of all of the federal investigative agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service, Secret Service, the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the offices of inspector general of the various federal agencies and departments (such as the Departments of Defense and State). The office also encourages extensive cooperation between state, local and federal law enforcement agencies. On the Civil side, virtually every federal agency, law-enforcement or not, is our client when it or its officials are sued.
As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.
The Northern District of Illinois, Chicago Office is accepting applications for Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) openings to serve jointly in our Civil and Criminal Divisions in Rockford, Illinois. The applicants selected will represent the U.S. Government as an AUSA in a wide range of unique and complex cases. When working on civil matters, AUSAs will focus on handling prisoner litigation. These cases include tort claims (including medical malpractice claims), various constitutional Bivens claims, Religious Freedom Restoration Act claims, and petitions for writs of habeas corpus challenging the fact or length of confinement. When working on criminal matters, AUSAs will handle a wide variety of cases, involving violent crimes and firearms offense, drug trafficking crimes, and a variety of fraud, public corruption, and white-collar offenses. The percentage of time devoted to the civil and criminal dockets is likely to vary over time, and will be driven by mission needs.
Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.
All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a time-limited (temporary) basis. Temporary appointments may, or may not, be extended or made permanent without further competition.
Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction) and have at least 2 years post-J.D. experience.
Preferred qualifications: Excellent academics, significant litigation experience, civil law experience (for our Civil Division), strong legal writing skills, and a demonstrated commitment to public service.
United States citizenship is required.
Application information for AUSA-NDIL-23-4 is available at the following site: https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndil/job-listing.
The Northern District of Illinois only accepts electronic submissions. Mailed packages will not be reviewed. Please send all materials, in PDF format only, to: email@example.com
No telephone calls please.
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.