About the Office: 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 Houston, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Laredo, McAllen, Victoria, and Galveston.
Visit the Southern District of Texas website at: http://www.justice.gov/usao/txs/
As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.
All initial attorney positions to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis.
Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
The U.S. Attorney's Office is currently seeking experienced attorneys to fill Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) positions in the Criminal Division of our Houston office. AUSAs are responsible for prosecuting a variety of violations of federal laws, such as immigration, drugs, firearms, public corruption, and white collar crime. The AUSA positions will focus on prosecuting violent crimes. This district is among the busiest and largest in the nation, spanning 43 counties and 44,000 square miles and representing 8.3 million people.
Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 3 year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.
United States citizenship is required.
Strong academic credentials, superior legal research and writing skills, quick analytical ability to accurately and precisely articulate critical case-related issues, high-volume courtroom experience, outstanding organizational and interpersonal skills, the ability to work in a supportive and professional team environment with client agencies, support staff and other attorneys, and a demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility, and public service. Significant courtroom experience, including first-chair jury trials, is preferred. Successful candidates will also be computer proficient, capable of doing their own legal research and writing, and self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence and pleadings. Relevant favorable experience would include investigating and prosecuting or defending complex criminal offenses, specifically violent crimes, organized crime, drug and gang offenses, immigration, or multi-defendant conspiracy cases. Expertise in grand jury practice is also desirable, as is experience with investigatory and prosecution techniques.
You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.
Applications must be submitted via USAJobs. Visit the following link to access this job announcement on USAJobs: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/489253500
Detailed instructions for applying are listed under the section "How to Apply." The complete application must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 01/30/2018 to receive consideration.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- Required - Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire (online).
- Required - Brief writing sample (not more than 20 pages).
- 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, if applicable - A recent copy of an SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), showing title, series, grade, and current salary; and a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.
- Required, if applicable - To get Veterans' Preference, you must indicate your preference in response to the appropriate question in your assessment questionnaire and you must submit the appropriate supporting documentation. See the "How you will be Evaluated" section for details regarding what is appropriate Veterans' Preference documentation. It is also recommended that you include veterans' preference information in your cover letter or resume.