The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas, with approximately 190 Assistant United States Attorneys, is among the largest in the country. The office prosecutes federal crimes and represents the interests of the United States in civil cases. The Southern District of Texas stretches from the Houston area southwest to the Mexican border. The United States Attorney's Office operates staffed offices in Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Houston, Laredo, McAllen, and Victoria.
Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas seeks one (1) experienced attorney in the Civil Division of its Brownsville office. The incumbent will be primarily responsible for representing the United States on a wide range of issues relating to the Border Fence project. This is a TERM position not to exceed 13 months. The 13 month term begins on the effective date of the applicant's entry on duty. The incumbent will be required to sign a statement regarding the conditions of the TERM appointment.
Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 3 years of full-time post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.
Preferred Qualifications: Hiring preferences include at least five (5) years of civil litigation experience, preferably including litigation of land condemnation cases, oil and gas disputes, and real estate matters. Other desirable experience includes the handling of some or all of the following types of cases: employment litigation, torts, immigration, and bankruptcy. Ideal candidates will have first-chair federal trial experience, strong academics, outstanding organizational skills, superior legal writing and research ability, exceptional computer literacy skills to include experience with automated research on the Internet, electronic court filing, electronic e-mail and word processing systems, demonstrated analytical ability, good judgment and courtroom skills, and a demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility, and public service. Spanish-language skills are useful, but not required. Qualifications must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
United States citizenship is required.
Applications must be submitted online through the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/PrintPreview/406801500. The deadline to apply on-line is 11:59 p.m. (EST) on June 25, 2015. If unable to apply on-line, the announcement provides instruction on faxing your documents in the “How to Apply” tab.
Complete applications submitted through USAJOBS will include:
Required: Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire;
Required: Cover letter (including the announcement number) addressed to: Mitch Neurock, Executive Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney's Office, 1000 Louisiana, Suite 2300, Houston, TX 77002
Required: Resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (include day/month/year);
Required: Brief writing sample (not more than 20 pages); and
Required, if applicable: Documentation supporting claim for veterans' preference or hiring eligibility based on disability status (see Department Policies).
Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. All application materials must be submitted via the USAJOBS website by the closing date of the announcement. No hard copy or E-mailed documents will be accepted.
Please, no telephone calls regarding the status of an application once the announcement has closed.
If you have questions: Feel free to contact Dell Mara Lovell, Human Resources Officer, E-mail Dell.Mara.Lovell@usdoj.gov.