The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of California is one of the largest in the country. The office prosecutes federal crimes and defends the interests of the United States Government in civil cases. The Southern District of California encompasses San Diego and Imperial Counties and includes a branch office located in El Centro, California.
The SDCA is home to the largest concentration of Navy and Marine Corps installations in the world. The entire Southern boundary of the District borders the Republic of Mexico. Contained within the district are international ports of entry at San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, Tecate, Calexico (two ports, East and West) and Andrade. The entire west boundary of the District lies on the Pacific Ocean, with a major port in San Diego.
The U.S. Attorney's Office is currently seeking experienced attorneys for one or more positions as an Assistant U.S. Attorney ("AUSA") in the Criminal Division.
The Criminal Division is organized into six sections, which consist of the Major Crimes Section, the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF Section), the Major Frauds and Public Corruption Section, National Security and Cybercrimes Section, the Financial Litigation and Asset Forfeiture Unit, and the Appellate Section. (See the San Diego U.S. Attorney’s website www.justice.gov/usao-sdca for a detailed description of each section.)
Commensurate with experience and needs of the Office, AUSAs may be assigned to different sections in the U.S. Attorney’s Office. New hires are expected to start in the Major Crimes Section. The Major Crimes Section is the largest section in the Criminal Division and accounts for approximately 95 percent of the cases prosecuted in the Southern District of California. The Major Crimes Section handles a large volume of reactive cases that arise from policing the 141-mile long border between California and Mexico, six Ports of Entry, and the roughly 70 miles of coastline stretching from the U.S.-Mexico border to the northernmost tip of San Diego County. Cases commonly include illegal entry and reentry, drug importation and alien smuggling prosecutions. This section consists of an Intake Team, Fast-Track Team, and four prosecution teams with specific areas of concentration. These include violent crime and firearms, sex trafficking and child exploitation, border corruption, civil rights, drug trafficking including overdose death cases, alien smuggling. Major Crimes Section attorneys try a large number of cases and often oversee the use of investigative tools like search and tracking warrants, undercover operations, confidential sources, grand jury investigations, and wiretaps.
Enclosed is a link to the Southern District of California's web page for more information about the office.
Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree and must currently be an active member of a state bar in order to be considered. Proof of an active bar membership is required. One full year of post graduate legal experience is required.
Preferred Qualifications: Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability and an aptitude for accurately articulating the critical issues in a case. Applicants must demonstrate superior oral and writing skills, as well as strong research and interpersonal skills and good judgment. Applicants must 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 also have demonstrated excellent computer literacy skills, to include experience with automated research on the Internet, electronic court filing, and electronic e-mail and word processing systems.
AUSAs receive training by the U.S. Department of Justice and by the U.S. Attorney's Office. Appointment is subject to an FBI background investigation, including credit, arrest, and drug use inquiries.
Residency Requirements: 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.
United States Citizenship is required.
Applications must be submitted through the following link:
You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
-Required-Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire Online (online or 1203-FX)
-Required-Your cover letter and resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (include day, month, year)
-Required-if applicable- Veteran's Preference Documentation (see Benefits and Other Information Section on the job announcement on the link above for details)
-Required-You will have to upload two (2) Legal Writing Samples. Please attach this document as an "Other" document.
-Required- The Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Application Form found at https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdca/assistant-u-s-attorney-positions
(Under the Application Form Section in Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Word). Please attach this document as an "Other" document.
The point of contact for this Vacancy Announcement is Nitza Williamson, who can be reached at 619-546-9273 or firstname.lastname@example.org