The United States Trustee Program (USTP) is a litigating component of the Department of Justice whose mission is to promote the integrity and efficiency of the bankruptcy system for the benefit of all stakeholders―debtors, creditors, and the public. As a national program with 21 regions consisting of 90 field offices, the USTP has broad administrative, regulatory, and enforcement authorities in bankruptcy cases, including chapter 7 and 13 consumer cases and complex chapter 11 corporate reorganizations. The USTP is the only participant in the bankruptcy process uniquely positioned to address multi-jurisdictional misconduct or other issues of national scope that give rise to systemic fraud and abuse, while also effectively combatting local matters affecting the integrity of the bankruptcy system.
The USTP is seeking an experienced attorney to fill the position of Assistant United States Trustee in Austin, TX. The Austin office is in Region 7 of the USTP and covers the Austin and Waco Divisions of the Western District of Texas.
The Assistant United States Trustee leads the activities of the field office. Among the key duties are:
- Overseeing the administration of bankruptcy cases filed under chapters 7, 11, 12, and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code;
- Directing the office’s civil enforcement activities to address violations of the Bankruptcy Code and Rules, including directing difficult, complex, or precedent setting cases;
- Developing an effective criminal referral program and partnering with law enforcement to support the investigation and prosecution of bankruptcy and bankruptcy-related crimes in the district;
- Supervising litigation in chapter 11 cases to ensure compliance with the Bankruptcy Code and Rules, including as they relate to professional employment, conflicts of interest, professional and executive compensation, and financial accountability;
- Overseeing and evaluating the activities of private trustees who handle the day-to-day administration of bankruptcy cases;
- Managing a staff of trial attorneys, auditors, paralegals, and support staff, including supervising work at the office and regional level in accordance with principles of shared staffing and functional consolidation;
- Creating a culture that values human resources and the contributions necessary to maintaining a mission-driven focus;
- Advising and partnering with the United States Trustee and headquarters on policy questions, legal issues of national importance arising in cases, and other significant matters and implementing policies and strategies designed to faithfully execute a uniform application of bankruptcy law; and
- Fostering productive relationships with the private trustees, bankruptcy judges, bankruptcy clerks’ offices, and bankruptcy professionals within the district.
Applicants must hold a J.D. degree from an accredited law school; be an active member in good standing of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction); and have a least five (5) years of post-J.D. legal experience advocating on behalf of clients and interpreting and applying provisions of the United States Bankruptcy Code, the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, and related laws, rules, and regulations that arise in bankruptcy cases. In addition, the most desirable candidates will possess:
- Three or more years of management experience;
- Excellent academic and professional credentials;
- Superior oral and written communication skills;
- Experience analyzing complex legal problems and developing litigation strategies;
- Sound judgment and the ability to address and accurately articulate issues arising in a large volume of cases with minimal guidance;
- Outstanding organizational skills;
- The ability to set, manage, and balance diverse, evolving, and challenging projects and priorities;
- Strong information technology skills, including using databases and IT systems to manage work;
- Experience working with, or for, federal agencies; and,
- A commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards.
If selected for this position, official proof of a J.D. degree and bar membership (including certification of good standing) is required.
Conditions of Employment:
- Must be a U.S. Citizen.
- Must obtain a favorably adjudicated Background Investigation (Public Trust), including drug testing.
Upon entry on duty, the successful candidate will be required to complete an initial public financial disclosure report, with annual reports required thereafter. More information concerning this requirement can be obtained at: https://www.justice.gov/jmd/financial-disclosure.
This vacancy announcement is open to ALL U.S. CITIZENS
To apply, interested candidates must submit as one PDF document:
- A cover letter that highlights the applicant’s interest in the position and addresses in detail how all qualifications are met;
- A current resume that details months and years of education and employment and states the month and year of earliest bar admission;
- A short writing sample, or part of a longer writing sample (not to exceed ten pages), which should be exclusively or primarily the applicant’s work and should include legal analysis; and
- If applicable, the DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 copy); CTAP/ICTAP documentation; and/or Schedule (A) documentation.
Please use the following naming convention for your document: Last name, first name, AUST-Austin‑09-2020. The document should be emailed to email@example.com with the subject line AUST‑Austin-09-2020.
Interviews for this position may be conducted in Austin or Houston, TX. Any travel for interviews will be at the applicant’s personal expense.
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.