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, Northern District of Georgia, is located in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to the main office in downtown Atlanta, we maintain three intermittently staffed offices located in Rome, Newnan, and Gainesville. More information about the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia is available at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/gan.
The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia is currently seeking highly qualified applicants for a permanent Assistant United States Attorney opening in our Civil Division. 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 selected Civil AUSA may be asked to handle litigation in the following areas: affirmative civil enforcement, defensive, civil rights, financial enforcement, or some combination of these types of cases.
- Affirmative Civil Enforcement Litigation involves investigating fraud, waste and abuse in government funded programs, where federal agencies and taxpayers are the victims, most often under the False Claims Act, and often involving health care fraud, financial fraud, procurement fraud, and contractor fraud. Matters may also involve enforcement of agency action, particularly in the area of opioid enforcement.
- Defensive Litigation involves defending a vast array of civil cases brought against the United States and its agencies, and its employees, including employment discrimination cases; personal injury actions; Bivens actions; medical malpractice claims arising out of treatment at Veterans' hospitals or other federally funded health facilities; challenges to agency determinations such as decisions by immigration authorities as to residency, deportation, or detention aliens.
- Civil Rights Litigation involves enforcing a number of federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, disability, and other protected characteristics, involving a number of areas, including education, housing, employment, and police practices. These matters require investigation, negotiation, community outreach, and traditional litigation work.
- Financial Litigation involves enforcement and collection of criminal restitution judgments and referred civil judgments.
Required qualifications: 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 one year of post-J.D. experience.
United States citizenship is required.
Preferred qualifications: The Civil Division litigates complex cases on behalf of the United States, which requires that candidates have a strong academic background, superior legal writing and research ability, and a commitment to public service. Hiring preferences include significant civil litigation experience, although we consider applicants with a variety of litigation backgrounds that demonstrate analytical ability, judgment, and advocacy skills. Favorable experience includes experience in pretrial litigation, taking or defending depositions, and conducting witness interviews. Experience in handling high-level negotiations and/or trial experience is also favored. Finally, preferred candidates must possess the ability to manage complex cases and investigations which involve a large number of documents, electronic data, and challenging witnesses.
(*Note: You must become a member of the Georgia bar within 18 months of appointment as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. If you are a member of the bar in any jurisdiction other than Georgia, you may apply for admission on motion without examination to membership in the bar must have comity for bar admission purposes with the State of Georgia. Reciprocity Order, eligibility criteria, and instructions for admission on motion without examination are available at http://www.gabaradmissions.org).
If you are interested in relocating to a great United States Attorney's Office in the beautiful, rapidly growing, and still relatively affordable Atlanta area, please email a resume (one page preferred) and cover letter (pdf file preferred) to USAGAN.Resumes@usdoj.gov.
Or, resumes may be mailed to:
Human Resources Specialist
United States Attorney's Office
Northern District of Georgia
75 Ted Turner Drive, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303
Please submit only one application via email or postal mail and reference the vacancy posting.
Resumes should include complete dates (beginning month and year and ending month and year) for all periods of employment.
If you have previously applied to a prior announcement, please reapply referencing this vacancy posting number for consideration.
Applicants selected for an interview may be subject to a short writing test separate and apart from a writing sample.
No telephone calls please.
Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.