The U.S. Attorneys are the chief federal law enforcement officers in their districts, responsible for federal criminal prosecutions and civil cases involving the United States Government. The Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys provides support and oversight for the 94 offices across the country.
This position is located in Springfield, Illinois.
The United States Attorney's Office (USAO), Central District of Illinois is seeking an experienced attorney to serve in the Civil Division and handle defensive cases where they will defend government agencies and employees of the government sued in an individual capacity in a wide variety of challenging cases and to represent the government in affirmative litigation when public funds have been wrongfully obtained by fraud. The Civil Division defends the interest of the United States from suits alleging statutory torts, constitutional torts, employment discrimination, and a myriad of other claims. The Civil Division also prosecutes cases for fraud and other violations of federal laws and is responsible for collecting monies owed to the government as a result of criminal fines, defaulted student loans, mortgage foreclosures, bond forfeitures and civil judgments. The division's civil rights enforcement program investigates and litigates cases involving discrimination in the areas of housing, public employment, disability, voting and education.
The areas of litigation include defending the government in causes of action brought under the Federal Tort Claims Act in automobile accident, premises liability, and medical malpractice cases; defending the head of government agencies sued for employment discrimination under Title VII, the ADEA, or the Rehabilitation Act; and defending agency action (defending decisions by federal agencies such as the Department of Agriculture, FAA or Homeland Security against allegations of unconstitutional conduct; defending APA actions; defending decisions by CMS contractors to deny or suspend Medicare payments to physicians and medical entities; and defending agency action in the field of immigration and social security disability). The areas of litigation also include prosecuting cases on behalf of the government under the False Claims Act, including joining Qui Tam claims filed by private citizens. AUSAs engaged in this challenging work spend substantial time on legal research and writing and filing dispositive motions, findings of fact and conclusions of law, motions in limine, jury instructions, bench memoranda, etc.; and attending numerous mediations and settlement conferences. Although most cases are resolved through dispositive motion or settlement, these AUSAs also represent the government's interests at hearings and trials in federal court.
Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.
Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 3 years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.
United States citizenship is required.
Strong academic credentials, superior legal research and writing skills, quick analytical ability to accurately and precisely articulate critical case-related issues, courtroom experience, good interpersonal skills, the ability to work in a supportive and professional team environment with client agencies, support staff and other attorneys, and a demonstrated commitment to public service.
Three years of post-JD civil litigation to include bankruptcy litigation experience is preferred.
In addition, applicants should have strong computer skills, superior oral and written communication skills, and excellent interpersonal skills
You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.
You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- Required - Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire (online).
- Required - Your resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (include day/month/year). (cover letter optional).
- Required, if applicable - A recent copy of an SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), showing title, series, grade, and current salary; and a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.
- Required, if applicable - To get Veterans' Preference, you must indicate your preference in response to the appropriate question in your assessment questionnaire and you must submit the appropriate supporting documentation. See the "How you will be Evaluated" section under the "Qualifications and Evaluations" Tab above for details regarding what is appropriate Veterans' Preference documentation. It is also recommended that you include veterans' preference information in your cover letter or resume.
- Required - Transcripts - undergraduate and law (may be an unofficial copy
- Required - Copy of current state bar membership
- Required - A short writing sample of part of a longer writing sample (5-10) pages, which clearly addresses at least one substantive legal issue
To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 05/24/2019 to receive consideration.
1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. (It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.)
3. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. However, should you not be able to apply online, please contact Central District of Illinois at (217) 492-4477 or email at Matthew.Glynn@usdoj.gov, prior to the closing date of this announcement to request an alternate method of applying.
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.