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 Assistant U.S. Attorney for its Appellate Division. The Appellate Division is responsible for representing the United States and its agencies in criminal and civil appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Although the principal responsibilities of an Appellate Division Assistant U.S. Attorney involve briefing and arguing federal appeals, the attorney selected for this position will also provide legal advice and expertise regarding proceedings in district court. The District's appellate caseload is extremely heavy; Assistant U.S. Attorneys will be responsible for handling a varied caseload at any given time.
Required qualifications: Applicants must have a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least one year of post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.
Preferred qualifications: Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability and the ability to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case. Applicants must demonstrate superior oral advocacy and writing skills, strong research and interpersonal skills, as well as exemplary judgement, professionalism, ethics and civility. Applicants must exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff and client agencies. Applicants must have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment.
Applicants are expected to perform their own legal research and writing and will be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence and pleadings. Applicants also must demonstrate excellent computer literacy skills to include experience with automated internet research, electronic court filings and electronic e-mail and work processing systems.
Substantial appellate advocacy experience, particularly in federal courts, is strongly preferred, as is federal clerkship experience.
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 July 30, 2018.
Interested applicants must include a cover letter, resume and bar membership information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please identify the position (ex: AUSA Appeals, AUSA Criminal, AUSA Civil) 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
**Applicants who have applied in response to vacancy announcement number #18-WDPA-AUSA-06 need not re-apply as their application will be considered.**
No telephone calls please.