As the principal litigator for the United States of America in the District of Massachusetts, the United States Attorney prosecutes all criminal and civil cases brought by the Federal government and defends the United States when it is a party in a civil case. The District of Massachusetts is committed to developing and maintaining strategic partnerships among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to ensure the effective deployment of resources to positively impact the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents.
The office is interviewing for one AUSA in the Appeals Section of our Criminal Division. AUSAs in the Appeals Section handle or supervise all of the Office's criminal cases before the First Circuit Court of Appeals. The position involves the drafting and reviewing of appellate briefs, oral arguments and other matters before the First Circuit.
Cases to be handled involve some of the most challenging legal issues in criminal law, including frequent constitutional issues, complex evidentiary and statutory issues, affirmative government appeals, and appeals involving issues of first impression. AUSAs in the section have also worked closely with the Solicitor General's Office to determine which cases raise significant legal issues that are worthy of government appeal, en banc rehearing, or Supreme Court review.
The position of an Assistant U.S. Attorney provides one with the responsibility and the authority to effect positive changes in the lives of Americans who live in Massachusetts and across the United States, whether that is through the prosecution of a drug dealer who terrorizes a local community, a civil suit against a company for failing to comply with the laws protecting disabled Americans, the prosecution of a major pharmaceutical company for cheating in the sale of drugs and devices, or combating intellectual property crime. Effecting such positive changes is deeply satisfying; many lawyers look back on their days as an Assistant U.S. Attorney as among the most satisfying of their professional career.
Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least four years post-JD experience.
Preferred qualifications: Hiring for AUSA positions is highly competitive. The USAO seeks a diverse complement of lawyers with a wide range of exceptional skills and experience, unified by keen intelligence and sincere commitment to public interest. Preferred qualifications include: exceptional academic achievement; an appellate clerkship; at least three years of litigation experience which includes substantial appellate writing and experience in federal courts; outstanding writing skills; a demonstrated interest in public service; experience making oral arguments in appellate or trial courtrooms; an ability to work in close collaboration with trial AUSAs and under substantial time pressure. Ties to the District of Massachusetts will be considered.
To apply, please complete the AUSA Job Application found at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/ma/employment/USAapplication.pdf and forward with a resume and a cover letter indicating your interest in the position to:
John T. McNeil, First Assistant U.S. Attorney
U.S. Attorney’s Office
John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse
1 Courthouse Way, Suite 9200
Boston, MA 02210
No telephone calls please.