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Assistant United States Attorney

Hiring Organization
USAO Eastern District of Washington
Job ID
920 West Riverside Avenue, #340
Spokane, WA 99201 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The United States Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Washington has three offices, the main office located in Spokane, a branch office in Yakima, and an unstaffed office in Richland. This position is located in the Spokane, Washington office. For additional information about this office refer to our internet site at

The city of Spokane is located near the eastern border of Washington state 29 miles from the Idaho border and referred to as the heart of the Inland Northwest. The Eastern District of Washington is comprised of 20 counties which is inclusive of the area from the Cascade mountains to the Idaho border and from the Canadian to the Oregon border. This is a diverse ecological area with vast timber, desert, and agricultural lands. It offers four distinct seasons which accommodate water sports, biking, hunting, fishing and hiking, and a wide variety of winter sports. For additional information on the Spokane area 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 United States Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Washington has an opening for an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in its Civil Division and is seeking an experienced attorney to fill the position. AUSAs in the Civil Division are responsible for representing the federal government and its agencies and employees in civil litigation and in the collection of fines and restitution in this District. This position will be in the Civil Division and the attorney will run the Financial Litigation Unit. The attorney will also head up Asset Forfeiture. The attorney will also carry a case load as assigned including foreclosures, bankruptcies and adversary hearings, affirmative civil enforcement including health care fraud, and challenges to agency actions. Opportunities to assist in other civil or criminal cases exist as well.

This is a permanent position. However, 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 from an accredited law school, be duly licensed and authorized to practice law as an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have a minimum of four years of post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

Preferred qualifications: Ideally, applicants will have four to seven years of experience litigating civil cases in federal court or similar relevant experience, with responsibility for all aspects of discovery, pretrial hearings, settlement negotiations, and trials. The ideal applicant will also have some subject matter expertise in one or more of the variety of civil cases identified above, proficiency with the federal civil procedure, and a demonstrated ability to work well with others, from support personnel to supervisors. Applicants must be flexible and willing to learn new areas of the law, thoughtful and strategic when it comes to engaging in affirmative litigation, forthright and diplomatic in dealing with client agencies and the court, and dedicated to public service by way of a commitment to representing the United States. Applicants must demonstrate superior written and oral communication skills. They must be able to define and articulate critical issues in a wide variety of cases and areas of law. Applicants must be able to manage a case load composed of very different kinds of cases with correspondingly different demands and deadlines. Applicants must be self-starters and good managers of their time. They must be willing and able to conduct their own legal research and writing and be substantially self-sufficient in managing cases and deadlines, preparing day-to-day correspondence and filings, and using computer programs and systems (CM/ECF, word processing, Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, CDCS, etc.).

Application Process

No later than July 11, 2016, interested applicants must email: (a.) a signed cover letter referencing Vacancy Announcement: 16-WAE-2016-3; (b.) a detailed resume; (c.) a writing sample edited solely by applicant (at least 7 pages in length, containing substantive legal analysis); and (d.) a current performance evaluation/rating, if any, all in pdf format to:


United States Attorneys Office

Attn: Lauri Garcia, HRSpecialist

920 West Riverside Avenue, Suite 340

Spokane, Washington 99201-1494


No telephone calls please.


Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number years of professional attorney experience. The basic range of pay is $51,811 to $135,519 plus locality pay where authorized.

Number of Positions
Occasional travel within and outside the District will be required. (Yakima courthouse 210 miles from Spokane, and Richland courthouse 110 miles from Spokane)
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses are not 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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This and other vacancy announcements can be found under Attorney Vacancies and Volunteer Legal Internships. The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.

Updated June 23, 2016