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.
The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas seeks one or more experienced appellate prosecutors to serve as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) in its Houston office. The incumbent will brief and argue direct criminal appeals before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The incumbent will also litigate habeas cases in district and appellate courts, and will provide real-time assistance to trial prosecutors throughout the district. The district's appellate caseload is extremely heavy; the incumbent will file multiple appellate briefs each month.
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.
United States citizenship is required.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience in federal criminal appellate practice is preferred. This position is for an experienced attorney with a proven track record in high-volume federal criminal appellate work. Other hiring preferences include superior legal writing and research ability, outstanding organizational and time management skills, strong academics, and a demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility, and public service.
Applications must be submitted online through the USA Jobs website, available here: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/PrintPreview/460508000. The deadline to apply on-line is 11:59 p.m. (EST) on January 12, 2016. If unable to apply online, 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 (include day/month/year);
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 regarding the application process please contact Dana Sullivan, Human Resources Specialist, at Dana.Sullivan@usdoj.gov.