The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Utah is located in Salt Lake City and employs approximately 90 employees, including 45 Assistant U.S. Attorneys. The U.S. Attorney's Office prosecutes federal crimes, enforces federal law on Indian reservations and federal facilities, enforces civil statutes and defends the United States against lawsuits.
The U.S. Attorney's Office also has a branch office in St. George which is primarily responsible for handling federal criminal matters which arise in southwestern Utah and overseeing the prosecution of criminal violations occurring in national parks and forests and on other public lands.
Both offices seek to maintain the highest standards of excellence in the enforcement of federal criminal law and the representation of the United States, its agencies, and employees in federal civil actions.
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 U. S. Attorney's Office is seeking an experienced attorney to fill one Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) position in the Appellate Section of its Salt Lake City office. In addition to handling appeals (brief writing and argument), the candidate will review appellate briefs written by other AUSAs, report and make appeal recommendations on adverse decisions, and provide expertise and assistance for significant legal issues that may arise in district court.
All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation. Temporary appointments may, or may not, be extended or converted to permanent without further competition.
Applicants must have a J.D. degree, must be an active member of bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 1* year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience. *Note: The required number of years of experience can be increased. However, all applicants must have at least one year of post-J.D. experience, except for uncompensated Special Attorneys, where the 1 year requirement does not apply. Ideal qualifications include at least 5 or more years of post-J.D. litigation experience. The attorney selected to fill the vacant position must also be willing and able to become an active member of the Utah State Bar and the bar of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah within twelve months of his or her appointment.
Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability and the facility to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case. Applicants must demonstrate superior oral and writing skills as well as strong research and interpersonal skills, and good judgment. Applicants must possess 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. Applicants must have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment. Well-qualified applicants will have significant appellate experience, such as an appellate clerkship or appearances before state or federal appellate courts. Applicants with outstanding academic credentials and accomplishments that demonstrate superior writing ability are preferred. Please submit a writing sample of no more than 5 pages (may be an excerpt).
United States citizenship is required.
Please submit a resume and cover letter referencing Vacancy No. 15-UT-09 to the United States Attorney's Office, ATTN: Danna Reichert, 185 South State Street, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111. No telephone calls please. Applications must be postmarked no later than August 28, 2015.
This and other vacancy announcements can be found at: EOUSA Employment Opportunities, http://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/vacancies, http://dojnet.doj.gov/oarm/attvacancies.php, and http://www.justice.gov/usao/ut/index.html
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.