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/.
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.
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.
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.