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.
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.
Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The United States Attorneys Office seeks one experienced attorney to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney in its Houston office. The incumbent will serve in the district's Financial Litigation Unit. The Financial Litigation Unit has primary responsibility for enforcing the restitution and fine orders imposed in criminal cases, and for collecting judgments and penalties awarded to the United States in a variety of civil cases, including delinquent student and small business loans, environmental penalties, and bankruptcy judgments. This is a TERM appointment not to exceed 13 months.
Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least three years of full-time post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.
Hiring preferences include, significant first-chair criminal litigation experience, strong academics outstanding organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills, superior legal writing and research ability, and a demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility, and public service. Familiarity with statues and regulations regarding restitution, forfeitures, and financial litigation is desirable, 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/420201100. The deadline to apply on-line is 11:59 p.m. (EST) on November 13, 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;
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 with questions regarding the application process.
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.