The United States Attorney's Office (USAO) for the District of Puerto Rico has jurisdiction and responsibility in a broad range of areas, all of which involve representing the legal interests of the Federal government in the United States District Courts. The office employs over 100 persons, including Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs), paralegals, legal assistants, and administrative support staff. We are currently seeking to hire experienced attorneys who will be assigned to the Criminal Division, located in San Juan, PR.
The Criminal Division prosecutes a wide range of federal cases involving organized crime, terrorism, complex securities and fraud cases, narcotics, health care fraud, public corruption, and violent crimes.
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.
AUSAs have the opportunity to represent the interests of the United States of America in the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and, in performing this important public service, to exercise responsibility that is unparalleled in any other job that a litigator might undertake. AUSAs immediately undertake numerous cases, many high profile, in any of several units within each division.
Employment with the USAO offers a unique and challenging experience for the highly motivated attorney: an opportunity to work on some of the most significant, complex, and visible cases being litigated today. You will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty, and property of citizens.
All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
Required Qualifications. Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least one (1) year post-J.D legal experience which includes significant trial experience, preferably in Federal Court. United States citizenship is required.
The ideal candidate will possess superior oral and written communication skills in the English language, as well as strong character and interpersonal skills; have demonstrated the capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment. The USAO seeks highly qualified applicants with extensive litigation experience, strong writing skills, excellent credentials, and a demonstrated commitment to public service. All AUSAs are given training by the U.S. Department of Justice and internally by the USAO Training Program.
Preferred qualifications: Candidates must be able to read, write, and speak English. Ability to read, write, and speak Spanish is highly preferred.
A brief type-written explanation of your reasons for applying for this position is required (2 paragraphs).
Candidates must be computer literate.
Applications must be submitted online through the following link: https//www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/442340500. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 1st, 2016. If unable to apply online, the announcement provides instructions on faxing your documents in the “How to Apply tab.
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.