The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of California is one of the largest in the country. The office prosecutes federal crimes and defends the interests of the United States Government in civil cases. The Southern District of California encompasses San Diego and Imperial Counties and includes a branch office located in El Centro, California.
The SDCA is home to the largest concentration of Navy and Marine Corps installations in the world. The entire Southern boundary of the District borders the Republic of Mexico. Contained within the district are international ports of entry at San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, Tecate, Calexico (two ports, East and West) and Andrade. The entire west boundary of the District lies on the Pacific Ocean, with a major port in San Diego.
The U.S. Attorney's Office is currently interviewing for a limited number of one-year term Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA) positions for the Criminal Division in the San Diego office. The one-year term may be extended in some circumstances. Selected candidates will be assigned to the Reactive Crimes Trial Section, which manages a large volume of reactive cases in U.S. Magistrate and/or U.S. District Court. The casework includes a significant number of drug smuggling and immigration cases, along with a variety of other federal offenses such as alien smuggling, violent crimes, document fraud, and bank robbery. The Applicant may be assigned to the Intake Unit, and/or Fast-Track Sentencing Unit. The Intake Unit is responsible for handling new complaints, initial appearances, detention hearings, removal hearings, and magistrate calendars for all reactive cases in U.S. Magistrate Court. The Fast Track Sentencing Unit is responsible for filing and sentencing documents and appearing in U.S. District Court to handle the sentencing hearings in reactive cases. Opportunities to write Ninth Circuit appeals and work with others on investigations and trials may also exist.
Note: This is an open continuous announcement to fill current and future vacancies. The position is open until filled.
Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree and must currently be an active member of a state bar in order to be considered. Proof of an active bar membership is required. One full year of post graduate legal experience is required.
Preferred Qualifications: 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 also have demonstrated excellent computer literacy skills, to include experience with automated research on the Internet, electronic court filing, and electronic e-mail and word processing systems.
SAUSAs are given training by the U.S. Department of Justice and by the U.S. Attorney's Office. Appointment is subject to an FBI background investigation, including credit, arrest, and drug use inquiries.
United States Citizenship is required.
Applications must be submitted through the following link:
You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
-Required-Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire Online (online or 1203-FX)
-Required-Your cover letter and resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (include day, month, year)
-Required-if applicable- Veteran's Preference Documentation (see Benefits and Other Information Section on the job announcement on the link above for details)
-Required-You will have to upload a Legal Writing Sample. Please attach this document as an "Other" document.
-Required- The Uncompensated Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA) Application Form found at http://www.justice.gov/usao-sdca/special-assistant-u-s-attorney-positions.html
(under the Application Form Section in Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Word). Please attach this document as an "Other" document.
The point of contact for this Vacancy Announcement is Nitza Williamson, who can be reached at 619-546-9273 or firstname.lastname@example.org