The Office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa prosecutes federal criminal offenses and defends the interests of the United States in civil cases. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa covers 52 of the state’s 99 counties. The headquarters office is located in the eastern Iowa community of Cedar Rapids, with a branch office located in Sioux City on the western border of Iowa.
Sioux City is located on the Missouri River and is approximately half-way between Minneapolis and Kansas City. Twice named an All-American City by the National Civic League, Sioux City serves as a regional hub for business, employment, industry, retail trade, medical care, educational opportunities and tourism in Northwest Iowa, Southeast South Dakota and Northeast Nebraska. More than 140,000 people live in this tri-state metropolitan area. For more information about Sioux City, visit: http://visitsiouxcity.org/.
More information on the U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/usao/ian/
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.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa has a term criminal attorney vacancy to be filled in our Sioux City office. The attorney in this position will be responsible for handling appellate matters, responding to petitions under Title 28 United States Code Section 2255, and evaluating commutation positions referred to the office by DOJ’s Office of the Pardon Attorney.
These cases involve challenging legal issues, including frequent constitutional issues, affirmative government appeals, appeals involving issues of first impression, and efforts to obtain en banc review.
This attorney may also be involved with investigating and prosecuting a variety of criminal cases, including, but not limited to, cases involving narcotics trafficking, child exploitation, violent crime, white collar crime, firearms offenses, environmental offenses, cybercrime, and immigration offenses.
This position is being filled on a Term basis with a not-to-exceed date 14-months from the date of appointment. Appointments made from this announcement may be extended and/or made permanent without further competition. This position may be filled on a full-time or a part-time basis based on the availability of candidates, as well as the needs of the office.
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. professional legal experience.
Preferred qualifications: Hiring for AUSA positions within the USAO is highly competitive. The USAO seeks a diverse complement of lawyers with a wide range of exceptional skills and experience, unified by keen intelligence and sincere commitment to public interest. Litigation experience, superior academic record, excellent writing skills, impeccable character, demonstrated interest in public service, courtroom presence, and the ability to work with and relate to a wide variety of people are all taken into account. Most attorneys hired have several years of experience, although highly qualified recent graduates with some experience in practice or as a judicial clerk are also considered.
Preferred applicants will demonstrate excellent oral and written advocacy skills. Preferred applicants will have experience in preparation of appellate briefs and presentation of appellate arguments.
United States citizenship is required.
Interested persons should direct cover letters and resumes to:
Human Resources Specialist
United States Attorney's Office
111 7th Ave SE, Box 1
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Please specify the vacancy announcement number in your application materials.
No phone calls please. Hand-carried applications must be received by 5:00 pm Central Time on Monday, September 26, 2016; mailed applications must be postmarked by Monday, September 26, 2016.
Applications may also be emailed to: USAIAN.HR@usdoj.gov
Persons applying by email are responsible for ensuring that email and any attachments are received no later than 11:59 pm Central Time on Monday, September 26, 2016. (Note: The Northern District of Iowa cannot be responsible for lost/misrouted/delayed email transmissions.)
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.