The United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania (USAO) is an energetic and collegial office which represents the United States in all criminal prosecution and civil and appellate litigation in the Western District of Pennsylvania. The Western District of Pennsylvania consists of 25 counties in the western part of the state; its main office is in Pittsburgh, with staffed branch offices in Erie and Johnstown. The USAO strives to provide an inclusive, rewarding work environment for employees of all backgrounds.
The United States Attorney's Office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is seeking an attorney for its Civil Division. This dynamic civil practice features a challenging mix of cases and represents a unique opportunity for attorneys seeking greater autonomy and litigation experience. The defensive civil docket includes catastrophic medical malpractice cases, complex employment matters, challenging habeas corpus litigation, and other significant defensive Federal Tort Claims Act litigation that offers significant trial experience to civil AUSAs. Our Civil Division also has an active Affirmative Civil Enforcement litigation practice. Civil AUSAs confront meaningful and compelling issues that have a tangible, positive impact on our district’s residents.
Required qualifications: Applicants must have a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least three years of post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.
Preferred qualifications: Ideal qualifications include at least four to eight years of post-J.D. litigation experience, including experience handling a variety of complex criminal matters, first‑chair federal trial experience, strong academics, outstanding organizational skills, superior legal writing and research ability, and a demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility and public service.
Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability and the facility to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case. Applicants must demonstrate superior oral and writing skills, as well as strong research and interpersonal skills, and good judgment. Applicants must have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment while balancing a high case load. Excellent computer literacy skills are also necessary.
United States citizenship is required.
All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment 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.
Application Deadline is June 1, 2018.
Interested applicants must include a cover letter, resume and bar membership information to email@example.com. Please identify the position (ex: AUSA Civil, AUSA Criminal, AUSA Appeals) for which you are applying. Application materials must be submitted in PDF format and received via e-mail.
Stephen R. Kaufman, First Assistant U.S. Attorney
No telephone calls please.