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Assistant United States Attorney (PART-TIME TERM APPELLATE)

Hiring Organization
USAO Northern District of Ohio
Hiring Office
Criminal Division, Appellate Unit
Job ID
801 West Superior Avenue, Suite 400
Cleveland, OH 44113 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The United States Attorney's Office prosecutes federal crimes and defends the U.S. government's interest in civil cases.  The United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio, includes offices located in Cleveland, Akron, Toledo, and Youngstown, Ohio.  More information about this District can be found on our website at

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 United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio, is interviewing for an Assistant United States Attorney in its Appellate Unit located in the Criminal Division of the Cleveland office.

Appellate attorneys handle appeals from all types of criminal cases prosecuted in the office, including cases involving sophisticated white collar crime; public corruption; violent crime; organized crime and gangs; major drug offenses; weapons offenses; child exploitation; criminal immigration offenses; and more. Such appeals raise issues involving the Fourth Amendment, evidentiary matters, sufficiency of evidence, sentencing matters, and post-conviction claims, among others. Attorneys in the appellate unit write appellate briefs, research legal issues, review briefs drafted by other attorneys, argue before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, prepare appeal recommendations from adverse decisions in the Sixth Circuit to be submitted to the Appellate Section of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, and provide legal advice to other criminal AUSAs on an ongoing basis.

This is a part-time term appointment not-to-exceed 24 months.  Part-time hours will not exceed 20 hours per week or 40 hours bi-weekly.  


Required QualificationsApplicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member in good standing of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least three (3) years post-J.D. experience.

United States citizenship is required.

Preferred QualificationsApplicants should have strong academic credentials, superior legal research and writing skills, quick analytical ability to accurately and precisely articulate critical case-related issues, good interpersonal skills, the ability to work in a supportive and professional team environment with client agencies, support staff and other attorneys, and a demonstrated commitment to public service.

In addition to the foregoing, the ideal candidate should possess the following:

  • Strong oral advocacy skills, preferably with experience arguing at either the appellate or trial court level;
  • Ability to digest and analyze large factual records, identify matters pertinent to the issues on appeal, and organize the same into a coherent, well-organized written work product;
  • Ability to identify strengths and weaknesses of the government's legal positions, and develop a strategy for how to best address the same;
  • Adept at succinct, persuasive writing;
  • Have strong editing skills, both for own work and that of others;
  • Open to constructive criticism; and,
  • Independently manage changing schedule and effectively prioritize completion of work.

Applicants should possess excellent computer skills. Experience with automated research, electronic court filing, and various word-processing systems, including strong proficiency in Microsoft Word, is required.

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

Application Process

Applications may be submitted online through the following link:


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 $33.36 to $72.86 per hour.

Number of Positions
The AUSA may be required to travel to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio, for oral argument, and travel to attend training at the Department of Justice's National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

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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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Updated October 1, 2019