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.
This position will be located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania is accepting applications to fill a permanent Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) position in the Civil Division. The Division is comprised of approximately 12 attorneys, paralegals, an auditor and an investigator. The candidate selected for this position will be handling defensive litigation and work in the Harrisburg office. Areas of practice will include complex defensive litigation matters, including personal injury and medical malpractice, constitutional torts, and employment discrimination. Attorneys in the Civil Division perform tasks related to all stages of litigation. The successful candidate should have substantial experience in motion practice, drafting pleadings, conducting witness interviews, taking depositions, negotiating settlement, and preparing civil cases for trial. All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
Required Qualifications: United States citizenship is required. Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) and have at least three years of post-J.D. experience.
Preferred Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have significant civil litigation experience, superior academic records, strong analytical abilities and judgment, excellent oral advocacy and writing skills. Successful candidates must demonstrate an ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff, client agencies, opposing counsel, and court staff. The Civil Division litigates complex cases, so the successful applicant should possess approximately 3 years of litigation experience. 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. Applicants should have strong interpersonal skills, and demonstrate the capacity to function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment. 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
Resumes should include complete dates (beginning month and year and ending month and year) for all periods of employment. Please submit only one application.