Please note the vacancy announcement number has been corrected from 17-WDWA-AUSA-01 to 17-WDWA-AUSA-02.
The United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Western District of Washington is responsible for representing the federal government in virtually all litigation involving the United States in the Western District of Washington (WDWA). This includes civil lawsuits by and against a Department or agency of the United States government, representation of government officials under certain circumstances, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers. The USAO has an authorized strength of approximately 73 Assistant United States Attorneys and is divided into two litigating Divisions (Criminal and Civil). The USAO’s main office is in Seattle, Washington, with a branch office located in Tacoma, Washington.
The anticipated positions will be located in the Civil Division of the Western District of Washington. AUSAs in the Civil Division are responsible for representing the United States government and its Departments, agencies and employees in civil litigation filed in the District. Principle areas of practice include defensive cases under the Federal Tort Claims Act, including medical malpractice arising from treatment at various federal medical facilities, and a variety of personal injury matters, and Title VII cases alleging discrimination in hiring and employment practices by agencies and Departments of the United States. Other areas of practice include immigration law, bankruptcy, collection of debts owed the United States or its Departments and agencies, breach of government contract, judicial review of administrative findings, injunctive proceedings, affirmative civil enforcement actions and defending federal employees accused of constitutional violations.
The Assistant United States Attorneys in the Civil Division participate in litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. They take depositions, prepare and answer interrogatories, negotiate for settlement, engage in motions practice, try cases in the United States District Court and, at times, write appellate briefs and argue before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
The attorneys hired for these positions will be assigned a variety of civil matters involving various areas of federal law. Applicants with prior experience handling one or more of the following types of matters should describe that work in their cover letter:
1.Medical malpractice defense;
3.Employment law; and/or
All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a time-limited (temporary) basis. Temporary appointments may, or may not, be extended or made permanent without further competition.
The applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least three years post-J.D. experience. Ideal qualifications include at least five years of post-J.D. litigation experience.
Applicants must demonstrate strong analytical skills and the ability to accurately identify the critical issues in a case. Applicants must possess superior oral and writing skills, strong research skills, and the ability to exercise good judgment. Applicants must also 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 have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment and in the highest ethical manner.
Applicants will be expected to do their own legal research and writing, and will be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence and pleadings. Applicants also must demonstrate excellent computer literacy skills to include experience with automated research on the Internet, electronic court filing, and electronic e-mail and word processing systems.
Security Requirements: Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment adjudication. This includes fingerprint and credit and tax checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
Department Policies: Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which he or she is appointed. See 28 U.S.C. § 545 for district-specific information.
Interested persons must email the following items in pdf format to the address listed below:
a. A cover letter referencing Vacancy Announcement: 17-WDWA-AUSA-01 (Civil) stating
whether the applicant is interest in a position in the Seattle Office, the Tacoma Office, or both;
b. A detailed resume that includes the month/year start and end dates for each position held;
c. A law school transcript for any applicant with less than five years of experience as an attorney; and
d. A writing sample meeting the criteria set forth below
Annette L. Hayes
United States Attorney
Attention: Micki Brunner
First Assistant United States Attorney
700 Stewart Street, Suite 5220
Seattle, Washington 98101
No telephone calls please
Include a sample of your legal writing, such as a portion or all of an appellate brief, memorandum of points and authorities, or opinion letter. The writing sample should be a recent example of your work and demonstrate your ability to analyze legal issues and present that analysis in written form. The sample should be predominantly your own work. If the document was edited by others, include a cover memo that briefly describes the level of editing that occurred.