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Assistant United States Attorney (Civil)

Hiring Organization
Civil Division (CIV)
Hiring Office
Job ID
719 Church Street
Suite 3300
Nashville, TN 37203 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The United States Attorney's Office, Middle District of Tennessee, is located in Nashville, Tennessee.  The United States Attorney's Office prosecutes federal criminal offenses, litigates affirmative civil fraud and enforcement actions, and defends the U.S. Government's interest in civil cases.  The office seeks to maintain the highest standards of excellence in the enforcement of federal laws and the representation of the United States.  More information about the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee is available at

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.

Job Description

The United States’ Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Tennessee is currently seeking applicants to fill an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) position for an experienced civil litigator handling primarily defensive matters. This is a permanent full-time position located in the Nashville office.

The successful applicant will be part of a team defending and litigating complex cases on behalf of the United States and its components and employees in matters primarily before the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Civil AUSAs typically represent the United States' interests in a wide variety of defensive litigation, including alleged violations of constitutional rights, torts (e.g., negligence involving personal injury and often medical malpractice), and Title VII cases alleging discrimination in hiring and employment practices.  Other areas of practice may include immigration, bankruptcy, constitutional challenges, prisoner litigation, requests for representation for Touhy matters, judicial review of administrative findings, and injunctive proceedings. The experienced attorney selected for this position also may work on affirmative matters, including pursuing civil rights violations, as time and need permits.  Newly hired civil AUSAs are expected to quickly develop subject matter expertise in all areas in which the Civil Division regularly practices, and to possess or rapidly acquire expert-level knowledge of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, and the local rules for the Court in which they primarily practice.  Civil AUSAs should be capable of handling a challenging caseload with minimal oversight. In performing this important public service, AUSAs exercise responsibility that is unparalleled in any other job that a litigator might undertake. The ability to partner and communicate well with agency counterparts, colleagues, support staff, witnesses, and supervisors is essential. 


The United States Attorney's Office seeks highly qualified applicants with demonstrated strong advocacy and trial skills and excellent academic and professional credentials to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney. Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member in good standing of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least four years of post-J.D. experience as an attorney.  Appointment is subject to FBI background investigation, including credit, arrest, reference and drug inquiries.

Preferred Qualifications:  The ideal candidate must have strong legal research skills, be able to produce high-quality written work even under short deadlines, and be persuasive oral advocates.

Applicants must also possess expertise in investigating factual allegations, conducting motion practice, preparing and responding to discovery, taking and defending depositions, negotiating settlements, trying cases, and writing and arguing appeals.

Applicants must also demonstrate excellent computer literacy skills to include experience with automated research on the internet, electronic court filing, and electronic e-mail and word processing systems.



Application Process

Applications must be submitted online through the following link: 22-TNM-11499592-DE



Assistant United States Attorneys pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay for this position is $71,939 to $130,000 which includes 16.20% locality pay.

Number of Positions
More than one position may be filled
Occasional Travel - Travel within and outside of the district for either litigation and/or training purposes will be required.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation will not be authorized

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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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

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 their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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Updated May 19, 2022