United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Western District of Washington is responsible for representing the federal government in virtually all litigation in the Western District of Washington (WDWA) that involves the United States in some way. A large portion of the work involves criminal prosecutions for violations of federal law. The office also handles civil lawsuits by or against a Department or agency of the United States, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers. The USAO is divided into two litigating Divisions (Criminal and Civil). The main office is located in Seattle, Washington and a branch office is located in Tacoma, Washington. The office has an authorized strength of approximately 72 Assistant United States Attorneys.
The positions advertised will be located in the Criminal Division of the Western District of Washington. The attorney hired for this position will work on Asset Forfeiture matters for at least fifty percent of the time and for the remainder of the time will be assigned a variety of criminal matters involving various areas of federal law. Assistant United States Attorneys working on Asset Forfeiture matters work with federal law enforcement agents and other Assistant United States Attorneys to develop theories of forfeiture and identify assets that are properly subject to forfeiture to ensure that victims receive restitution and that defendants do not gain financially from their criminal conduct. They represent the United States in federal court on both criminal and civil forfeiture matters. Criminal Division Assistant United States Attorneys generally advise federal law enforcement agents on criminal investigations, present criminal cases to the grand jury, try criminal cases before the United States District Court, and at times represent the United States in criminal appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Candidates for the position with prior experience involving asset forfeiture litigation should describe their work in these areas in their cover letter and resume.
The applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least three years post-J.D. experience. Ideal qualifications include at least five years of post-J.D. litigation experience and experience with asset forfeiture matters.
Applicants must demonstrate a strong analytical ability and an ability to synthesize a wide range of data, help direct an investigation and have the ability to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case. Applicants must demonstrate superior oral and writing skills, strong research and interpersonal skills, and good judgment. Applicants must possess excellent communication and courtroom skills, and 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 and in the highest ethical manner.
Applicants will be expected to do 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 research on the Internet, electronic court filing, and electronic e-mail and word processing systems.
Interested persons must email the following items in pdf format to the email address listed below:
(a) A cover letter referencing Vacancy Announcement: 18-WDWA-AUSA-03 (Asset Forfeiture - Seattle);
(b) A detailed resume that includes the month/year start and end dates for each position held; and
(c) A law school transcript for any applicant with less than five years of experience as an attorney; and
(d) A writing sample meeting the criteria set forth below.
Writing Sample: Include a sample of your legal writing, such as a portion or all of an appellate brief, memorandum of points and authorities, or opinion letter. The writing sample should be a recent example of your work and demonstrate your ability to analyze legal issues and present that analysis in written form. The sample should be predominantly your own work. If the document was edited by others, include a cover memo that briefly describes the level of editing that occurred.
Annette L. Hayes
United States Attorney
Attention: Helen J. Brunner
First Assistant United States Attorney
700 Stewart Street, Suite 5220
Seattle, Washington 98101