The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia (USAODC) is unique among the 94 United States Attorneys’ Offices across the nation by virtue of its size and its varied responsibilities. It is the largest United States Attorney’s Office with up to 350 Assistant United States Attorneys and 350 support personnel. The size of this Office is the result of the breadth of our responsibility for criminal law enforcement and our location in the nation’s capital. We are responsible not only for the prosecution of all federal crimes, but also for the prosecution of all serious local crimes committed by adults in the District of Columbia. In addition, we represent the United States and its departments and agencies in civil proceedings filed in federal court in the District of Columbia. As the principal prosecutor for all criminal offenses in this jurisdiction, and as the principal litigator for the United States in the nation’s capital, this Office offers extensive litigation experience before over 100 judges in the federal and local courts and unique opportunities for important public service.
The USAODC is seeking experienced attorneys for positions as Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) in the Criminal Division. The Criminal Division consists of the following five sections: National Security, Fraud and Public Corruption, Violent Crime and Narcotics Trafficking, Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering, and Cyber Crime. AUSAs represent the United States in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. AUSAs work closely with Special Agents of all federal investigating agencies, as well as detectives and officers of state and local law enforcement entities, to investigate a broad spectrum of criminal activity. The USAODC’s Criminal Division investigates and prosecutes significant national security cases, including international and domestic terrorism, espionage, export violations, cyber security, and other criminal matters that have significant national security implications. The Criminal Division also investigates and prosecutes transnational organized crime, public corruption, government fraud, narcotics, gang, and child exploitation cases, among other national priorities. Given our location in the nation’s capital, the Criminal Division handles these many assignments in the face of very close scrutiny. Investigations and prosecutions throughout the Criminal Division have drawn, and continue to draw, attention at the highest levels of the Department and in the national and international media. Please note that this job description is different from the job description for AUSAs in the Superior Court Division (18-DC-AUSA-01).
The ideal candidate will have outstanding legal ability, high moral character, mature judgment, a keen desire for public service, and an exceptional aptitude for litigation. Selections are made of the most highly qualified attorneys who apply, without regard to race, sex, religion, creed, color, national origin, handicap, age, marital status, gender identity, sexual orientation or political affiliation. Interested applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any state, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and have at least three years post J.D. legal experience. Prior trial or litigation experience is required. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing. United States citizenship is required. Applicants should review D.C. Bar Opinion 210 and ascertain whether they have a conflict of interest that they need to address.
An application package for a position with this Office should include a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample and an official law school transcript. Cover letters must include the vacancy announcement number and the Division. The writing sample selected for submission should be the applicant’s exclusive work product. If the writing sample was edited, or if there were other contributors, applicants are expected to identify those portions of the writing sample not exclusively their own work product and the extent of editing done by others. Applicants may also submit letters of reference from persons recommending appointment. All applications and supporting documentation for Criminal Division AUSA positions should be emailed to: email@example.com
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