The United States Attorney’s Office (USAO), Southern District of Florida (SDFL) is seeking an experienced attorney to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in one of the largest USAOs in the nation.
The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida is the chief federal law enforcement officer for the District. The Southern District of Florida encompasses a geographical area of approximately 15,197 square miles extending south to Key West, north to Sebastian and west to Sebring. The Southern District includes the counties of Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee and Highlands.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida (USAO) is organized as follows: Executive Division, Administrative Division, Criminal Division (which consist of different sections as set forth below), Civil Division, Asset Forfeiture Division, and Appellate Division. The USAO’s main office is in Miami in the heart of the downtown area and close to several public transportation means, such as Brightline, Government Metro-Rail Station and Metro Mover. The USAO has staffed branch offices in Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Ft. Pierce. It has an unstaffed office in Key West.
The Criminal Division is further divided into Sections: Major Crimes, Economic & Environmental Crimes, International Narcotics and Money Laundering, National Security, Public Corruption & Civil Rights, Special Prosecutions and Collateral Litigation. The USAO-SDFL is a leader in the prosecution of federal criminal law, including of health care fraud, bank and other white-collar frauds, environmental, narcotics offenses, firearms, child exploration, human trafficking cases, public corruption, and national security matters.
The Appellate Division provides advice and assistance to the litigation sections in appellate matters and handles all appeals before the Eleventh Circuit.
The Asset Forfeiture Division handles some of the most significant and complex forfeiture cases in the nation using criminal and civil forfeiture statutes to take the profit out of crime and, in many cases, return assets to victims.
The Civil Division defends the interest of the United States from suits alleging statutory torts, constitutional torts, employment discrimination, and a myriad of other claims. The Civil Division also prosecutes cases for fraud and other violations of federal laws and collects monies owed to the government as a result of criminal fines, defaulted student loans, mortgage foreclosures, bond forfeitures and civil judgments. The division’'s civil rights enforcement program investigates and litigates cases involving discrimination in housing, public employment, disability, voting and education. There are also three branch offices located in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Fort Pierce.
The Fort Pierce Office is a city located on the eastern coast of Florida, USA. Popularly known as the Sunrise City and is in the county of St. Lucie. The county is approximately 21 miles of uncrowded and pristine beaches, where nearly half the coastline is public preservation. Fort Pierce is a part of the historical “treasure Cost,” composed of St. Lucie, Martin, and Indian River Counties. The city of Fort Pierce offers small town atmosphere and has a year-round ideal climate. Ft. Pierce is centrally located and two hours from Orlando, Tampa and Miami. There are several restaurants, museums, beaches, and shopping establishment near-by.
The office provides a variety of employee benefits, vacation time, transit subsidy and opportunity for telework determined by the agency.
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.
The incumbent will represent the U.S. Government as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in a wide range of unique and complex criminal cases, in a District that extends over 300 miles from Key West to Vero Beach. The Southern District of Florida carries one of the busiest criminal trial dockets in the nation. Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.
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: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction, in good standing), and have at least 1-year post J.D. experience or other relevant experience.
Preferred Qualifications: Prior experience in criminal investigations and prosecutions is preferred. Applicants should possess superior oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and the capacity to function in a highly demanding environment with minimal guidance. The successful candidate should have strong academic credentials and at least 3 years of post J.D. experience.
Key Requirements: You must be a U.S. Citizen or National and be registered for Selective Service, if applicable. See www.sss.gov.
Security Requirements: Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment adjudication. This includes a fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
Following appointment, Assistant U.S. Attorneys must reside in the district to which they are appointed.
Reference the vacancy number: 23-SDFL-AUSA-04 on the subject line.
A cover letter, resume and a writing sample must be submitted by email to: USAFLS-AUSAResumes@usdoj.gov. Electronic submission of applications is preferred, however, if doing so creates a hardship, applications may be sent by mail to the following address:
United States Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Florida
99 NE 4th Street
Miami, Florida 33132
Attention: Attorney Recruitment
No telephone calls please.
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.