The Office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa prosecutes federal criminal offenses and defends the interests of the United States in civil cases. The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa covers 52 of the state's 99 counties. The headquarters office is located in the eastern Iowa community of Cedar Rapids, with a branch office located in Sioux City on the western border of Iowa.
Cedar Rapids is Iowa's second largest city with a metro population of around 120,000. The city is located in the east central part of the state and is centrally located from major Midwest cities including Minneapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Kansas City. Cedar Rapids has placed among the top 20 Forbes Magazine “Best Places” and has been named a “kid-friendly” city based on such factors as school quality. Cedar Rapids boasts an ideal blend of commerce, culture, leisure and education opportunities. Great jobs, safe neighborhoods, theaters, museums, schools, symphonies, shopping, sports and recreation abound in the Cedar Rapids area. For more information on Cedar Rapids visit: http://www.cedar-rapids.org/
More information on the U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/usao/ian/
This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at: https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/attorneys-vacancies/
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa has a civil attorney vacancy to be filled in our Cedar Rapids office. The attorney filling this position will have the opportunity to focus on the office’s Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) cases, where the attorney will be responsible for the investigation and litigation of ACE matters, including health care fraud cases, civil violations of the Controlled Substances Act, and other affirmative investigations. The attorney’s assigned matters may also include defensive tort actions, suits brought under the Administrative Procedures Act, bankruptcy actions, state and federal foreclosures, social security cases, Touhy issues, Bivens cases, summons enforcement actions, ADA enforcement proceedings, and other miscellaneous civil matters. Depending on office needs and candidate preferences, the attorney in this position may also have some responsibilities for handling criminal cases and criminal appellate matters (including arguments before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit), as well as some limited responsibilities for responding to petitions under Title 28 United States Code Section 2255.
The hired attorney’s responsibilities may include handling all aspects of investigations – including gathering evidence, taking testimony, writing briefs, participating in negotiations, and appearing in court or at trials – as well as researching legal issues, drafting legal pleadings and memoranda, drafting and responding to discovery requests, reviewing and organizing documents, taking and defending depositions, and representing the United States as primary and/or secondary counsel in judicial proceedings, such as hearings, trials, and appeals in various federal, bankruptcy, and state court actions.
Required Qualification: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least one year post-J.D. professional legal or other relevant experience as of the closing date of this announcement.
Preferred Qualifications: Preferred applicants will possess civil litigation or significant legal writing experience. Applicants should be committed to public service, possess superior oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills and should demonstrate incisive analytical ability, excellent judgment, and strong advocacy skills.
United States citizenship is required.
Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
Interested persons should direct cover letters and resumes to:
Human Resources Specialist
United States Attorney's Office
111 7th Ave SE, Box 1
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
No phone calls please. Hand-carried applications must be received by 5:00 pm Central Time on Thursday, March 14, 2019; mailed applications must be postmarked by Thursday, March 14, 2019.
Applications may also be emailed to USAIAN.HR@usdoj.gov
Persons applying by email are responsible for ensuring that email and any attachments are received no later than 11:59 pm Central Time on Thursday, March 14, 2019. (Note: The Northern District of Iowa cannot be responsible for lost/misrouted/delayed email transmissions.)