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Assistant United States Attorney (Civil Civil Rights)

Hiring Organization
USAO District of Colorado
1801 California Street Suite 1600
Denver, CO 80202 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

If you are looking for an exciting and challenging career, this is the position for you! With a diverse and talented workforce of over 100,000 people, the mission of the Department of Justice is to uphold the rule of law, keep our country safe, and protect civil rights. You will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty and the property of citizens.

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado represents the United States and its agencies in civil and criminal litigation before the United States District Court for the District of Colorado and on appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. The office prosecutes federal criminal offenses, litigates affirmative and defensive civil lawsuits, and collects judgments and restitution for victims and taxpayers. The office values a diverse workforce and welcomes applicants who reflect our country's range of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives arising from differences of culture and circumstance, and it seeks to provide an inclusive, rewarding work environment for all employees.

Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

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 U.S. Attorney's Office is accepting applications for the position of an Assistant United States Attorney to serve in the Civil Division and handle affirmative civil rights investigations and litigation. Civil rights enforcement is central to the mission of the U.S. Attorney's Office, which investigates and, where appropriate, initiates civil proceedings in federal court to remedy civil rights violations.

The attorney may work on a broad variety of investigations, cases, and matters arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Civil Rights Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Equal Educational Opportunities Act, Fair Housing Act, Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, and other federal anti-discrimination statutes. Enforcement actions under these statutes seek to end discrimination in education, employment, housing, lending, and public accommodations, to ensure compliance with federal civil rights laws and the Constitution in state and local policing and law enforcement, and to protect the rights of servicemembers. This civil rights work is described in more detail on the Office's civil rights webpage found at

The attorney will be responsible for developing and implementing community outreach strategies related to the Office's civil rights work, and will also have the responsibility for handling all aspects of civil cases. The attorney would work within the Civil Division, whose work is described at The attorney selected may be assigned other matters that further the mission of the office.

The attorney must be devoted to justice, excellence, and fairness. The attorney must have the ability to write and speak clearly and persuasively, analyze complex legal and factual issues, exhibit good organizational skills, exercise sound judgment, work well both independently and on an inclusive team with attorneys and staff of all backgrounds, negotiate effectively with opposing counsel, and, overall, handle matters with integrity on behalf of the people of the United States of America.

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 U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 1* year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

United States citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications:
Highly desired are: excellent writing, speaking, and analytical skills; interest in and dedication to public service; interest in handling a wide variety of challenging cases on behalf of the United States of America; and the ability to work well both independently and on teams.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.

Application Process

To be considered for a position, applications must be submitted by 11:59pm (EST) on June 26, 2023. Applicant will only be accepted through USAJobs website at:

Resumes will not be accepted by fax or regular mail.

No telephone Calls


$88,160 - $183,400

Number of Positions
one, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.
Occasional travel
Relocation Expenses
Not 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 June 9, 2023