Assistant United States Attorney

Attorney
211 W. Fort St., Suite 2001
Detroit, MI 48226
United States
FY 2015-EDMI-04-AUSA
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office (USAO) has jurisdiction and responsibility in a broad range of areas, all of which involve representing the legal interests of the Federal government in a court of law. The Eastern District of Michigan consists of 34 counties in the eastern half of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, and employs approximately 115 Assistant U.S. Attorneys.

Job Description: 

An appointment with the U.S. Attorney's Office offers unique and challenging experiences for the highly motivated attorney. Serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) and assigned to the Civil Division, you will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce federal civil laws on behalf of the United States and its executive agencies. Civil Division cases encompass affirmative litigation brought on behalf of the United States and seeking monetary recovery or injunctive relief (e.g., False Claims Act, health care fraud, mortgage fraud, judgment enforcement, bankruptcy) and defensive cases involving a variety of lawsuits brought against the Federal government. Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.

Currently, we anticipate an opening for an AUSA in the Affirmative Litigation Unit of the Civil Division at the Detroit office. Additional opportunities are also likely in the near future at the Detroit, Michigan duty station, with occasional vacancies in the Flint and Bay City branch offices.

All initial attorney appointments in the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis. Temporary appointments may, or may not, be made permanent without further competition.

Qualifications: 

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least two years of post-J.D. experience. United States citizenship is required. Experience in health care law and/or False Claims Act litigation preferred but not required.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.

Salary: 
The range of starting pay (including locality differential applicable to the USAO, Eastern District of Michigan's duty stations) is $51,917. to $158,600.
Travel: 
Occasional travel may be required.
Application Process: 

This is an open continuous announcement to fill current and future vacancies. Applications must be received for this vacancy will be accepted May 4, 2015 through May 18, 2015. Applicants are evaluated by the Hiring Committee on the basis of such factors as academic performance, trial experience, research and writing ability, oral communication skills, and other legal and community service and experience. Interested persons should send a detailed resume with a cover letter, writing sample(s), and completed questionnaire (see attached) to:

Jennifer Gorland
First Assistant U.S. Attorney
Eastern District of Michigan
211 W. Fort Street, Suite 2001
Detroit, MI 48226

For additional information regarding application procedures for AUSA positions, please direct e-mail inquiries to: Alicia.Collier@usdoj.gov.

Applications must be received and/or postmarked by May 18, 2015.

Security Requirements: Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov.

Internet Sites: The home page for the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Michigan, may be accessed at:
http://www.justice.gov/usao/mie/index.html

Announcements for other DOJ attorney vacancies may be viewed at:
http://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/vacancies

Application Deadline: 
Monday, May 18, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
One or more.
Updated April 7, 2016

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:   The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  See list of DPOCs.    

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

 

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