Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal eDiscovery Coordinator

San Antonio, TX
Attorney
601 NW Loop 410, Suite 600
San Antonio, TX 78216
United States
20-WDTX-10628711-A1
About the Office: 

Our mission is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States, provide Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime,  seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior, and to administer and enforce the Nation's laws to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. We strive to build a stronger office through recruitment efforts and maintain the high standards of the office by promoting professional development. We seek to build a legacy of excellence.

In all matters, it is our mission to represent the people of the United States in a manner that will instill confidence in the fairness and integrity of our office and the judicial system, and to conduct our work with the highest integrity. We strive to perform our mission in the most efficient and effective manner.

The Western District of Texas is a large complex district which includes 68 counties and approximately 93,000 square miles. Offices are located in San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, Del Rio, Midland, Waco, and  Alpine/Pecos.

Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified men and women from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.
Job Description: 

The Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) will be assigned to the Criminal Division and will serve as the Criminal eDiscovery Coordinator for the district, which consists of six branch offices and the headquarters office in San Antonio. The Criminal eDiscovery Coordinator will be responsible for researching, developing, vetting, and implementing a district-wide, comprehensive electronic discovery/electronic litigation program. This program must include pertinent policy guidance, procedures, and protocols designed to address complex issues related to the government’s discovery obligations and data management in every variety of criminal case brought by the USAO in this extra-large, diverse district. The Criminal eDiscovery Coordinator will be required to implement and tailor this program for each of the seven divisional offices of the USAO and to the needs of individual cases.The Criminal eDiscovery Coordinator will be required to work with Criminal AUSAs and support personnel throughout the district during all stages of discovery collection, record keeping, data management, and disclosure. The Criminal eDiscovery Coordinator will also need to consult with federal law enforcement agency personnel during all stages of the process.  Coordination with Main Justice and the USAO’s Civil Division is also required. Once the program is fully developed and implemented, the Criminal eDiscovery Coordinator will continue to work closely with senior district management, line AUSAs and support staff in ensuring compliance with the new program and maintaining efficiencies through the use of all available technology. Extensive travel to support the proper implementation of the discovery regime will be required.

Qualifications: 

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.

Preferred Qualifications:

 Successful candidates should possess experience in eDiscovery and eLitigation practices and software as well as knowledge of how the eDiscovery landscape, federal criminal rules and relevant case law in the area of criminal discovery are evolving. A successful candidate should possess the ability to formulate proactive action plans leading to measurable results. A strong academic background, demonstrated ability to produce high quality work, superior oral, written and interpersonal skills are preferred as is a capacity to function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment.

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

 

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and characteristics:

  • Dynamic, creative,  organized   self-starter with background and aptitude in eDiscovery/eLitigation; experience in large, complex, high-stakes litigation
  • Familiarity with eDiscovery/eLitigation software solutions such as Relativity, IPRO Eclipse, CaseMap and Adobe
  • Ability to lead attorneys and support staff in high pressure, high workload environment
  • Capacity to work collaboratively with others to build a program which will include procedures, policies and best practices in a dynamic and developing field
  • Understanding of federal criminal discovery principles, rules and obligations
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills
  • Upholds the highest standards of ethics and professionalism
  • Willingness to travel extensively within and outside the Western District of Texas
  • Highly proficient with all Microsoft Office products, including Word and Excel
  • Commitment to the highest standards of ethics and professionalism
     
Salary: 
Assistant United States Attorney's pay is administratively determined based. in part, on the number of years of professional experience. The range of basic pay is $62,451 to $163,349 per year which includes 16.07% locality pay.
Travel: 
Travel required throughout the District on an "as needed" basis.
Application Process: 

Applications must be submitted online through the following link:

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/552389700

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.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 31, 2020
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
1 - As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.
Updated January 7, 2020

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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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