Assistant United States Attorney

Criminal Division
131 Clayton Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
United States
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Alabama has jurisdiction and responsibility in a broad range of areas, all of which involve representing the legal interest of the federal government, primarily in United States District Court.  The Middle District of Alabama consists of 23 counties in central and southeastern Alabama and employs approximately 52 employees, including 23 Assistant United States Attorneys.  The United States Attorney, Louis V. Franklin, Sr., is currently seeking to hire an outstanding candidate for an Assistant United States Attorney position in the Criminal Division.  More information about our office may be found at our website:

The United States Attorney’s Office in Montgomery, Alabama is located at 131 Clayton Street.  Montgomery is the capital city of the state, but has a small town atmosphere.  The office is a short and easy commute from most outlying residential areas.  Montgomery is a wonderful place to live and raise a family.

As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

Job Description: 

The District is seeking applications from highly qualified attorneys for the position of Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA).  Applicant must possess strong writing skills.  Fifty percent of AUSA’s job will entail writing briefs for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and responses to motions 28 U.S.C. under § 2255 filed by inmates.  The remaining 50% will be spent in the prosecution of violent crimes and other general criminal crimes.  All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a time-limited 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.  Temporary appointments may be extended or made permanent without further competition.  As needed, additional positions may be filled from this announcement.


Required QualificationsApplicant must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member in good standing of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least five (5) years of post J.D. litigation experience as a lawyer.  Applicant must possess strong writing skills.      

Preferred qualifications:   Applicant should demonstrate quick analytical ability and the ability to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case.  Applicant should demonstrate superior oral and writing skills, strong research and interpersonal skills, and good judgment.  Applicant should possess excellent communication skills, strong advocacy skills, courtroom skills and presence, and exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff and client agencies. Applicant should have excellent judgment and the ability to handle high-charged issues. Applicant should possess excellent computer skills which should include experience with automated research and various word-processing systems.  This applicant will be expected to do the majority of his/her own legal research and writing and should be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence and pleadings.  United States citizenship is required.

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.

Security Requirements:  Initial appointment is contingent 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.   

The range of basic pay is $53,062 to $138,790 plus 15.37% locality pay where authorized. Pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number years of professional attorney experience.
Occasional travel within and outside of the District will be required. In addition, there will be some training opportunities both within and outside the state.
Application Process: 

To be considered for a position, applications must include a detailed resume, one writing sample of no more than 15 pages, a cover letter (list the vacancy announcement number 18-MDAL-AUSA-11 in the cover letter) and a list of significant cases which you tried to verdict, either jury or non-jury, as a lead counsel or second chair. 

                                          Louis V. Franklin, Sr., United States Attorney

                                          Middle District of Alabama

                                          Attention:   Retta Goss, Administrative Officer

                                          131 Clayton Street

                                          Montgomery, Alabama 36104

Application materials should be submitted via email to (link sends e-mail) OR mailed to the address listed above.

When emailing application materials, please submit as one pdf file. 

Do not submit your application by both email and regular mail, FedEx, UPS, etc.

No telephone calls please.  No applications or resumes will be accepted by fax.

Applications must be received in the U. S. Attorney’s Office, MDAL by COB (5:00pm CST) on July 20, 2018.

Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, July 20, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be paid.
Number of Positions: 
Updated July 13, 2018

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:  The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. See list of DPOCs.   

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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