The United States Attorney's Office prosecutes federal criminal offenses, seeks recovery of government funds fraudulently obtained, litigates affirmative civil fraud and enforcement actions, and defends the U.S. Government's interest in civil cases. The United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Georgia, is located in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to the main office in downtown Atlanta, we maintain three intermittently staffed offices located in Rome, Newnan, and Gainesville. More information about the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia is available at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/gan.
Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The Northern District of Georgia is currently seeking applicants for two permanent Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) openings in our Criminal and Civil Divisions. All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
The selected Criminal AUSA will initially be assigned to the General Crimes Section. New Criminal AUSAs join this section and, depending on their level of experience, may remain in the section for a year or longer as they develop case experience and trial skills. After successfully completing this training program, the AUSA will be permanently assigned to one of the sections described below at the U.S. Attorney's discretion:
- Violent Crime & National Security Section focuses on national security, human trafficking, Hobbs Act robberies, immigration, child exploitation, child pornography, and firearm offenses.
- Organized Crime & Gang Section focuses on investigating and prosecuting gangs and other organized criminal groups for a range of racketeering activity, including fraud, theft, murder, extortion and other violent crimes.
- Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs Section focuses on investigating and prosecuting complex drug trafficking, money laundering, and other related offenses, many of which involve Title III and other cutting-edge electronic surveillance.
- Complex Frauds Section focuses on investigating and prosecuting a wide variety of white-collar crimes, including mail and wire fraud, identity theft, corporate fraud, and criminal healthcare fraud.
- Public Integrity and Special Matters Section focuses on investigating and prosecuting public corruption cases, criminal civil rights cases, and other matters of special importance to the district.
- Cyber & Intellectual Property Section focuses on investigating and prosecuting cyber intrusions, intellectual property infringement, computer fraud and other fraud schemes.
- Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section focuses on financial investigations, forfeiture actions, and when appropriate, bringing criminal charges against individuals and/or corporate defendants for money laundering and other financial crimes.
The selected Civil AUSA will be handling a wide range of civil litigation, including affirmative civil enforcement litigation, defensive litigation, civil rights litigation, and financial litigation.
- Affirmative Civil Enforcement Litigation involves investigating fraud, waste and abuse in government funded programs, where federal agencies and taxpayers are the victims.
- Defensive Litigation involves defending a vast array of civil cases brought against the United States, its agencies, and its employees, including employment discrimination cases; personal injury actions; Bivens actions; medical malpractice claims arising out of treatment at Veterans' hospitals or other federally funded health facilities; challenges to agency determinations such as the denial of Social Security disability benefits; and decisions by immigration authorities to deport or detain aliens.
- Civil Rights Litigation involves enforcing a number of federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, disability, and other protected characteristics, involving a number of areas, including education, housing, employment, and police practices. These matters require investigation, negotiation, community outreach, and traditional litigation work.
- Financial Litigation involves enforcement and collection of criminal restitution judgments and referred civil judgments.
Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from a law school approved by the American Bar Association, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least three years of post-J.D. experience.
United States citizenship is required.
Preferred qualifications: Hiring preferences include federal or state criminal trial experience if applying for the criminal position and significant civil litigation experience if applying for the civil position, although we consider applicants with a variety of litigation backgrounds that demonstrate analytical ability, judgment, and advocacy skills. Candidates must possess a strong academic background, superior legal writing and research ability, organizational skills, and a commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility, and public service. Finally, preferred candidates must possess the ability to manage complex cases and investigations which involve a large number of documents, electronic data, and challenging witnesses.
(*Note: You must become a member of the Georgia bar within 18 months of appointment as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. If you are a member of the bar in any jurisdiction other than Georgia, you may apply for admission on motion without examination to membership in the bar must have comity for bar admission purposes with the State of Georgia. Reciprocity Order, eligibility criteria, and instructions for admission on motion without examination are available at http://www.gabaradmissions.org.
If you are interested in relocating to a great United States Attorney's Office in the beautiful, rapidly growing, and still relatively affordable Atlanta area, please email a resume (one page preferred) and cover letter (pdf file preferred) to USAGAN.Resumes@usdoj.gov.
Or, resumes may be mailed to:
Human Resources Specialist
United States Attorney's Office
Northern District of Georgia
75 Ted Turner Drive, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303
Please submit only one application via email or postal mail and reference the vacancy posting.
Resumes should include complete dates (beginning month and year and ending month and year) for all periods of employment. Please indicate in your cover letter for which Division, Criminal and/or Civil, you would like to be considered.
If you have previously applied to a prior announcement, please reapply referencing this vacancy posting number for consideration.
Applicants selected for an interview may be subject to a short writing test separate and apart from a writing sample.
No telephone calls please.
Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.