The United States Attorneys Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania (USAO) is an energetic and collegial office which represents the United States in all criminal prosecution and civil and appellate litigation in the Western District of Pennsylvania. The Western District of Pennsylvania consists of 25 counties in the western part of the state; its main office is in Pittsburgh, with staffed branch offices in Erie and Johnstown. The USAO strives to provide an inclusive, rewarding work environment for employees of all backgrounds.
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 USAO for the Western District of Pennsylvania is seeking qualified applicants for a term position as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for its Civil Division, specifically dealing with bankruptcy matters. AUSAs concentrating in bankruptcy law appear on behalf of the United States before the bankruptcy, district, and appellate courts. Most bankruptcy litigation focuses on establishing and protecting the claims of Federal agencies against the objections of Trustees, debtors, other creditors or third parties. The AUSA would be expected to initiate and prosecute complaints that seek the non-dischargeability of tax and student loan indebtedness, and, where appropriate, to negotiate and collect the claims of any affected Federal agency in Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 petitions.
***Note: This is a re-advertisement of vacancy announcement number #15-WDPA-AUSA-01. Applicants who had applied in response to vacancy announcement number #15-WDPA-AUSA-01 need not re-apply as their application will be considered.***
Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) and have at least two years of post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.
Preferred qualifications: At least five years of post-J.D. experience; a strong work ethic, quick analytical ability and exemplary scholarship, communication and advocacy. The candidate should demonstrate capacity to function both independently and on a team in a demanding environment while balancing a significant case load. The candidate should be devoted to justice and public service and be ready and willing to volunteer to assist other attorneys. Computer literacy skills and aptitude are necessary.
United States citizenship is required.
Applications must be received by February 23, 2015, 5:00 pm (EST).
***Note: Applicants who had applied in response to vacancy announcement number #15-WDPA-AUSA-01 need not re-apply as their application will be considered.***
Interested applicants must include a cover letter, resume and bar membership information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Application materials must be submitted in PDF format.
Soo C. Song, First Assistant U.S. Attorney
U.S. Attorney's Office
700 Grant Street, Suite 4000
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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.