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Assistant United States Attorney (Civil)

Grand Rapids, MI
330 Ionia Avenue
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United States
About the Office: 

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 .

Job Description: 

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.


Required Qualifications:
     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.

Preferred Qualifications:
     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
$65,775 to $143,640, which includes 15.37% locality pay
Occasional travel within the district will be required. Limited travel outside the district, such as to the court of appeals, is likely.
Application Process: 

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

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account.
  2. 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.
  3. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and other supporting documents, including a completed questionnaire (download here) and complete the online occupational questionnaire.
  4. 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) .

  1. 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.
  2. Submit the application package by e-mail to: USAMIW.personnel@usdoj.gov.
  3. 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.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, June 25, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated June 15, 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 targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  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, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). 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, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf 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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