63 So. Royal Street, Suite 600
Mobile, AL 36602
United States
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office prosecutes federal criminal offenses and defends the U.S. Government's interest in civil cases.  The Southern District of Alabama (SDAL) covers approximately 14,000 square miles, including 400 miles of coastline and 1,700 miles of navigable waterways. This District serves 13 counties within the state and a population of approximately 813,400 citizens.

Job Description: 

The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Alabama is seeking qualified applicants for a position to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the Civil Division with secondary responsibilities in the Criminal Division.

The Civil Division defends the interests 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 is responsible for collecting 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 the areas of housing, public employment, disability, voting and education.

The selected candidate’s principle duty will be to represent the government’s interests in Chapter 7, 11, 9, 12, and 13 cases filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.  This representation would include representing the United States in contested matters such as objections to claims, confirmation hearings and Adversary Proceedings.  As a secondary duty, the candidate will assist the Criminal Division in prosecutions of bankruptcy fraud and other white-collar crimes, including review of criminal bankruptcy referrals and advising agents on bankruptcy fraud investigations.  The selected candidate will also be responsible for such other civil cases as are assigned, including occasional appellate work before the Eleventh Circuit.

This is a permanent position; however, all initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.


Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), have at least three-years post-JD experience in the legal field.

The ideal candidate will possess solid experience handling bankruptcy and tax cases and be comfortable appearing in both State and Federal Courts.  A strong civil litigation background would also be preferred.  Candidates should also possess superior oral and written communication skills, exceptional legal research ability; strong interpersonal skills, fair and sound judgment; dedication; interest in public service; and the organizational ability to handle a large caseload.   The candidate would be expected to be a self-starter who aggressively represents the United States, and is a team player with AUSAs in both the Civil and Criminal Divisions.

Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number years of professional attorney experience. The current range of basic pay is $53,062 to $138,790, plus locality pay.
Travel within and outside the District may be required, but should be minimal.
Application Process: 

To receive consideration for this vacancy, your complete application package including a cover letter, resume and writing sample(s) must be received no later than July 30, 2018.  Your resume must include a detailed description of employment history that includes dates of employment (month/year).

We will contact you if we believe an interview is appropriate or if further information is required.

Applications may be submitted by email (preferred) to or by mail to:


United States Attorney’s Office

Southern District of Alabama

63 So. Royal Street, Suite 600

Mobile, AL 36602

ATTN:  Jimmie L. Jones, Human Resources Officer

Please reference Vacancy Announcement Number Vacancy Announcement # 18-SDAL-AUSA-04. 

Mailed packages must be postmarked no later than the above referenced deadline date in order to be considered. 

No Telephone Calls Please

Application Deadline: 
Monday, July 30, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be paid.
Number of Positions: 
Updated July 20, 2018

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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 color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit 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.

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 his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).


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