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Assistant United States Attorney

Hiring Organization
USAO Western District of Michigan
Hiring Office
U.S. Attorney's Office- Grand Rapids
Job ID
330 Ionia Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The Western District of Michigan includes the western half of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan and all of the Upper Peninsula, a total of more than 35,000 square miles with a population in excess of 3.5 million. The district has approximately 37 Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs), most of whom are located in the Grand Rapids office. Three AUSAs are located in a branch office in Marquette, Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula. Court proceedings take place in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Marquette, Michigan. The district includes 11 federally-recognized Indian tribes, which together comprise the largest Native American population in a district east of the Mississippi River.

The main office is located in Grand Rapids, a mid-sized city that is a short distance from beaches, state parks, and quaint coastal towns. The area is also noted for its cultural amenities. For more information about Grand Rapids visit For more about our office, visit

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.

Job Description

The district is soliciting applications for a Criminal Division Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) position in the Grand Rapids, Michigan office. Depending principally on placement within the organization of the Criminal Division and the needs of the Division, assignments in this district may cover the full range of federal offenses, including child exploitation, drug, firearm and white collar crimes, and will encompass responses to collateral attacks and appeals. Criminal Division AUSAs are responsible for substantial legal research and writing, both at the trial and appellate levels.


Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least three years of post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience. United States citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications: Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following qualities.

--Intelligence and aptitude, measured by professional experience/growth potential, academic record, the writing sample and any interview performance.

--Commitment to excellence, strong work ethic and drive, as may be demonstrated through successful team work, leadership, obstacles overcome and personal, academic and professional achievement.

--Sound judgment and good character.

--Balance, both professionally and personally, in terms of interests and abilities.

--Desire to work as a criminal AUSA in the Western District of Michigan.

Application Process

Send a cover letter, resume, completed questionnaire and writing sample (such as an appellate brief, substantive district court brief or memorandum of points and authorities). The writing sample should reflect your own work and not exceed a total of 25 pages.

Submit the application package by e-mail to Please scan all materials into one PDF (.pdf) file.

List the vacancy announcement number 16-WDMI-A01 on your resume and in the subject line of all e-mail traffic.

You may apply also by mail. The application package may be mailed to:

Raphael Trujillo, Human Resources Officer
United States Attorney's Office, WDMI
P.O. Box 208
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49501-0208

No telephone calls please. Your application materials must be received in our office by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on November 30, 2015.

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$51,917 to $137,409 -- depending on years of experience and budget .

Number of Positions
One or more positions. Applications may be used to fill other permanent positions that become available at a later date.
Occasional travel within the district will be required. Limited travel outside the district, such as to the court of appeals, is likely.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

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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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

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 disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. 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, 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 must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-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. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

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, 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 their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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Updated April 7, 2016