The Western District of Michigan includes the western half of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan and all of the Upper Peninsula, a total of more than 35,000 square miles with a population in excess of 3.5 million. The main office is located in Grand Rapids, a mid-sized and growing city that is a short distance from iconic sandy beaches, state parks, and quaint coastal towns. Grand Rapids has recently been rated: the #1 fastest growing economy (headlightdata.com ); the #2 best place to be a millennial (Trulia.com ); #3 among big cities with the healthiest housing markets (smartasset.com ); #3 among best places to live in the U.S. for quality of life (U.S. News and World Report ); #19 among best cites in the U.S. (USNews.com);#1 place to visit in the U.S. for 2015 (Groupon ). Grand Rapids is situated geographically along Interstate 96 just three hours from Chicago, two hours from the Detroit Metro Area, four hours from Indianapolis, and approximately five hours from each of Ohio's major metropolitan areas (Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati). Gerald R. Ford International Airport, also in Grand Rapids, serves 24 major market destinations with nonstop flights. The area is noted for its cultural amenities including the world famous ArtPrize, an international art competition held annually in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The district has approximately 37 Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs), most of whom are located in the Grand Rapids office. Three AUSAs are located in a branch office in Marquette, Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula. Court proceedings take place in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing and Marquette. The district includes 11 federally-recognized Indian tribes, which together comprise the largest Native American population in a district east of the Mississippi River. For more information about Grand Rapids, visit http://www.rightplace.org/ (link is external) . For more about our office, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao-wdmi .
The U. S. Attorney's Office is currently accepting applications from experienced attorneys who have a strong civil litigation background for the position of Assistant United States Attorney, with a primary focus on Affirmative Civil Enforcement. Attorneys doing this work are responsible for the investigation and prosecution of a variety of civil cases. These may include actions in which there have been false or fraudulent claims or false statements made to the United States, violations of the Controlled Substances Act, violations of federal civil rights or environmental laws, and other types of cases.
Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least three (3) years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.
Applicants must demonstrate:
- superior analytical ability
- strong research, writing and courtroom skills
- the ability to exercise fair and sound judgment
- a willingness follow all Department of Justice and United States Attorney's Office policies
- the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff, and law enforcement agencies
- the ability to negotiate effectively with opposing counsel; handle matters in court persuasively and justly on behalf of the United States of America
- a devotion to excellence
To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
There are three ways to apply for this vacancy: You are encouraged to apply online.
Apply online-- Follow this link to USAJobs and then follow the instructions below. https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/501387500
- To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account.
- Once you log in to your account be sure to upload all required documents: a cover letter, resume, completed questionnaire (download here) and writing sample (such as an appellate brief, substantive district court brief or memorandum of points and authorities). The writing sample should reflect your own work and not exceed a total of 25 pages.
- Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and other supporting documents, including a completed questionnaire (download here) and complete the online occupational questionnaire.
- Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. (It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.)
*To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
Apply by email (see below for details) .
- Send a cover letter, resume, completed questionnaire (download here) and writing sample (such as an appellate brief, substantive district court brief or memorandum of points and authorities). The writing sample should reflect your own work and not exceed a total of 25 pages.
- Submit the application package by e-mail to: USAMIW.email@example.com.
- Please scan all materials into one .pdf file. List the vacancy announcement number on your resume and in the subject line of all emails.
The application package may also be mailed to:
Raphael Trujillo, Human Resources Officer
United States Attorney's Office, WDMI
P.O. Box 208
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49501-0208
*You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. However, should you not be able to apply online, please contact Western District of Michigan at (616) 808-2080 or email at Raphael.Trujillo@usdoj.gov, prior to the closing date of this announcement.