The United States Attorney (U.S. Attorney) for the Eastern District of Virginia has four offices which are located in Alexandria, Richmond, Norfolk and Newport News. Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) are assigned to each of these offices to represent federal interests in civil and criminal cases. The district consists of more than 19,000 square miles and has a population of 5,730,000. The Norfolk Office is located in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area, which is named after one of the world’s largest natural harbors, is steeped in 400 years of American history, has one of the world’s largest concentrations of military bases and facilities in a metropolitan area, and contains hundreds of miles of waterfront property and beaches. Its numerous federal facilities include a Veteran Affairs hospital, three military hospitals, community health centers, Coast Guard installations, more than twelve military installations including the largest naval base in the United States, NASA Langley Research Center and the Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. Local attractions such as the Historic Triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown; Busch Gardens; Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge; Great Dismal Swap National Wildlife Refuge, First Landing State Park, and Virginia Beach bring millions of tourists to the area each year. The area also has a thriving music scene, and a variety of performing arts and sports venues.
An appointment as an AUSA with the U.S. Attorney’s Office offers unique and challenging experiences for highly motivated attorneys seeking to represent the interests of the United States in a wide variety of federal and state litigation. This position is in the Civil Division, and the attorney selected will devote his or her practice to two program areas. The attorney will primarily focus on financial litigation/collections and serve as the Financial Litigation Unit (FLU) AUSA. As the FLU AUSA, the attorney spearheads the collection of criminal and civil debt (including court ordered restitution) owed to the United States or crime victims arising out of cases throughout the Eastern District of Virginia. The FLU AUSA leads the FLU enforcement team, and serves as the District’s authority on restitution and enforcement remedies. The FLU AUSA frequently coordinates with other AUSAs, including those in the Monetary Penalties Unit (MPU), to maximize collections. The attorney selected will also serve as the primary bankruptcy AUSA in the Norfolk and Newport News Divisions, handling bankruptcy cases or matters in those Divisions in which the United States or one of its agencies is a creditor or interested party.
All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation. Temporary appointments may or may not be made permanent without further competition.
Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member in good standing of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least one-year post-JD experience in the legal field. Applicants must possess superior oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, good judgment, and the ability to multi-task and function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment.
Preferred qualifications: Experience with, or knowledge of, laws governing financial litigation and collections (including the Federal Debt Collections Procedures Act), and bankruptcy litigation. A federal judicial clerkship is desired.
United States citizenship is required.
Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment 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.
Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which he or she is appointed or within 25 miles thereof. See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district-specific information.
Please send your resume to:
United States Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Virginia
2100 Jamieson Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22314
No telephone calls please. Positions are open until filled, but resumes must be received by March 9, 2018. Please include the vacancy announcement number listed at the top of this announcement (18-EDVA-02) on your resume and all correspondence.