The United States Attorney's Office prosecutes federal criminal offenses, seeks recovery of government funds fraudulently obtained, litigates affirmative civil fraud and enforcement actions, and defends the U.S. Government's interest in civil cases. The United States Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania has staff in three offices: Harrisburg, Scranton, and Williamsport. More information about the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania is available at http://www.justice.gov/usao/districts/pam.html
The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania is currently seeking highly qualified applicants for a permanent Assistant United States Attorney opening in our Civil Division, primarily handling immigration cases. All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
The civil immigration attorney will be responsible for coordinating the District's high volume immigration practice including representing the United States, its agencies and employees in responses to habeas petitions, mandamus petitions, complaints under the Administrative Procedures Act, and other immigration related matters. The selected AUSA will handle all aspects of the litigation, including discovery, arguments, alternative dispute resolution, pretrial matters, and bond hearings. The District’s immigration practice is highly habeas-petition centered requiring review, analyzation, research and continual update, understanding, and dissemination of quickly evolving case law.
United States citizenship is required. Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from a law school approved by the American Bar Association, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction) and have at least three years of post-J.D. experience.
Preferred applicants will possess substantial experience in handling civil immigration cases and have experience with complex legal issues. Candidates should possess excellent organizational skills and experience in managing and organizing voluminous documentary evidence and synthesizing the information in these materials to present an effective case. Because most of the civil practice in the U.S. Attorney's Office involves pretrial litigation, applicants must possess superior research and writing abilities and must be able to prepare high-quality and persuasive pleadings. Applicants should possess experience in taking or defending depositions and conducting witness interviews. While not required, post-JD experience in the federal system is desirable. Applicants must demonstrate analytical ability, good judgment, and excellent communication skills. Applicants must exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff, and client agencies.
Applicants will conduct their own legal research and writing and will be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence and pleadings. Applicants must also demonstrate excellent computer literacy skills to include experience with automated research on the Internet, electronic court filing, and electronic e-mail and word processing systems.
Applications must be submitted through the USAJobs on-line application system at www.usajobs.gov. Mailed applications will not be accepted. Applicants should also fill out the Middle District of Pennsylvania’s supplemental questionnaire, and attach it to their application, submitted through the USAJobs on-line system, along with a cover letter and resume. The supplemental questionnaire may be accessed on the Middle District of Pennsylvania’s web-site at https://www.justice.gov/usao-mdpa/jobs
This announcement will be used to fill one immediate position in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania OR Scranton, Pennsylvania. Applicants should specify in their cover letter the location they prefer.
No telephone calls please. Resumes should include complete dates (beginning month and year and ending month and year) for all periods of employment. Please submit only one application. This announcement will be open starting July 16, 2018 and closing July 30, 2018.
Depending on the needs of the office, additional positions may be filled from this announcement within the District.