Assistant United States Attorney

Attorney
1100 Commerce St., Third Floor
Dallas, TX 75242
United States
15-NDTX-AUSA-1482672 NB
About the Office: 

The Office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas is the principal federal prosecution authority for the North Texas area, with offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Lubbock, Amarillo, and Abilene.  The Civil Division is charged with defending agencies of the United States, enforcing regulatory agency authority and recovering funds from violators of U.S. criminal, regulatory, and civil laws.  The Criminal Division prosecutes all federal crimes in our jurisdiction, including acts of terrorism, public corruption, white-collar crime, organized crime, gang activities, internet-related crimes, and many other criminal offenses.  The Appellate Division represents the United States in criminal cases on appeal before the U.S. Court of Appealsfor the Fifth Circuit, responds to post-conviction litigation, and keeps the district informed of developments in the law.

District website: http://www.justice.gov/usao/txn/.

Job Description: 

This is a part-time position which may or may not become full-time at a later date. 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.

Assistant United States Attorneys (“AUSAs”) in the Appellate Division represent the United States in cases on appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, located in New Orleans, Louisiana.  They handle all aspects of appeals from criminal cases prosecuted in the District, writing appellate briefs and presenting oral arguments on a variety of complex and novel issues involving the Constitution, statutory construction, evidentiary disputes, and procedural matters.  Appellate AUSAs also review draft briefs of their fellow AUSAs and participate in moot courts.  In addition to defending criminal convictions from appellate challenge, Appellate AUSAs bring affirmative appeals to the Fifth Circuit from adverse district court decisions.

Aside from their work in the Fifth Circuit, Appellate AUSAs keep abreast of changes and developments in the law, providing valuable guidance to the U.S. Attorney and fellow AUSAs on significant legal issues.  Additionally, the Appellate Division responds to post-conviction matters, such as motions to vacate, set aside, or correct criminal judgments and sentences.  Finally, Appellate AUSAs consult with the Solicitor General’s Office and the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice regarding potential government appeals, petitions for rehearing en banc, and U.S. Supreme Court litigation stemming from criminal cases in the District. One or more positions may be filled from this announcement.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.

Qualifications: 

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 post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.  Qualifying legal experience may include work as an AUSA, a judicial law clerk in either federal or state court, and litigation experience in either the private or public sector.  United States citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications:  Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability and the facility to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues involved with a case.  The position requires superior oral and writing skills, as well as strong research and interpersonal skills and good judgment.  Additionally, applicants must have 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.  They must have a demonstrated capacity to function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment.

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 court filings.  Applicants must also demonstrate excellent computer literacy skills, including experience with internet research, electronic court filing, email, and word-processing systems.

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

Salary: 
Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience and availability of funds. The current range of pay is $54,877 to $145,244 which includes 20.67% locality pay
Travel: 
1-5 nights occasional travel for training purposes.
Application Process: 

Applications may be submitted online through the following: http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/412918200.

The deadline to apply is Friday, August 28, 2015 at 11:59p.m EASTERN TIME.  If unable to apply online, the announcement provides instructions on faxing your documents in the "How to Apply" tab.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, August 28, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
One or more positions may be filled from this announcement.
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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