Assistant United States Attorney

Attorney
New Orleans, LA
United States
About the Office: 

If you are looking for an exciting and challenging career, this is the position for you!  With a diverse and talented workforce of over 100,000 men and women, Justice leads the Nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms.  You can be a part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty, and the property of citizens.

The Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana is responsible for a wide range of affirmative and defensive litigation, and handles matters involving torts, personal injuries, environmental violations, health care, civil rights, employment discrimination, tax, immigration, and challenges to federal agency action.

Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified men and women from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.
Job Description: 

This is a temporary position not-to-exceed 24 months.  This position may be extended for up to four years total.  This position may be made permanent without further competition.

This position primarily involves representing the United States and its agencies and employees in litigation brought against the government in a wide variety of subject matters.  The caseload includes employment ligitation (Title VII, ADEA< Rehabilitation Act, ADA, etc.); Fedral Tort Claims Act ligitation (premises liability, vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, etc.); statutory and constitutional challenges to government program snad regulations; Administrative Procedure Act challenges to agency decisions; constitutional challenges to federal statutes; Bivens civil right suits against federal officers and employees; collections; backruptcy; and challenges to land management decisions under a variety of federal land management statutes.

Responsibilites will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.

Qualifications: 

Required Qualifications:  Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 3 years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.  Applicants will be required to become licensed with the Louisiana Bar within 3 years of employment. 

United States citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Applicants must have a demonstrated ability to function as a civil litigator, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment.  Applicants also must demonstrate: (1) the ability to quickly, acurately, and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case; (2) superior oral and writing skills; (3) strong research and interpersonal skills; (4) good judgment; (5) excellent communication and courtroom skills; and (6) the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with our attorneys, support staff, and client agencies.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.

Salary: 
Assistant United States Attorney's pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay is $65,775 to $143,639, which includes 15.37% locality pay.
Travel: 
Occasional Travel Required.
Application Process: 

Applications must be submitted online through the following link:

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/519601200

You must provide a complete application package which includes:

  • Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.
  • A cover letter.
  • Your resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (include day/month/year).
  • A writing sample.

 

The deadline to apply is December 21, 2018. If unable to apply online, the announcement provides instructions on faxing your document in the “How to Apply” tab.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 21, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated December 17, 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 color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit 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.

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, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). 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, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf 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 his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

 

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