Assistant U.S. Attorney

Spokane Washington
920 W. Riverside Ave., Suite 340
Spokane, WA 99201
United States
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Washington has a competent, friendly and talented staff, and an outstanding relationship with its client-agencies.  The main office is located in Spokane, a branch office is located in Yakima, and an unstaffed office is located in Richland.  The Spokane office employs over 59 personnel, including approximately 13 criminal Assistant United States Attorneys and approximately 5 criminal support staff in the Spokane office.

The office is located in Spokane in Eastern Washington.  The Eastern District of Washington is comprised of 20 counties and is bordered by Canada to the north, Oregon to the south, Idaho to the east, and the summit of the Cascade Mountains to the west.  This area is rich in rolling farmland, forested mountains, and arid desert.  Because this area celebrates four distinct seasons, recreational opportunities are numerous and include bicycling, hiking, snow skiing, water sports, fishing and hunting.  More information on Spokane and its educational opportunities, medical facilities, arts, sports, etc., can be viewed on the internet at (link is external).

Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified individuals from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.
Job Description: 

The office currently has an Assistant United States Attorney position available in the Criminal Division, Spokane office.  The attorney selected will be part of a dedicated team assisting in the enforcement and prosecution of federal criminal laws.  The primary assignment for the attorney selected will include the investigation and prosecution of a wide-range of criminal matters to include, for example, firearms, drug trafficking, gangs, immigration, counterfeiting, child exploitation, explosives, violent crimes, and white collar/economic crimes, as well as drafting appellate briefs and arguing cases before appellate court judges.

This is a full-time permanent appointment.  However, all initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.


Required qualifications:  Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited las school, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have a minimum of 4 years post J.D. or other relevant experience.  United States citizenship is required.

Preferred qualifications:  Applicants must possess excellent research and writing skills, superior oral communication skills and demonstrated capacity to function with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment.  Ideal applicants will possess significant trial or other relevant experience involving one or more of the variety of criminal matters identified above..  Applicants must exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with the attorney team leaders, attorneys, staff and client agencies.

$68,773 to $167,423 which includes 15.95% locality pay.
Occasional travel within and outside the District will be required. There will be frequent travel to Richland Courthouse and occasional travel to the Yakima Branch office.
Application Process: 

No later than  June 22,  2019, interested applicants must email: (a.) a signed cover letter referencing Vacancy Announcement 19-WAE-SPO-1 and specifically addressing applicant's qualifications as the ideal applicant; (b.) a detailed resume; (c.) a writing sample written solely by applicant (at least 7 pages in length, containing substantive legal analysis; (d.) a current performance evaluation/rating, if any; and (e.) a list with three professional references all in PDF format to:

United States Attorney's Office

Att'n:  Lauri Garcia, HR Specialist

920 West Riverside Avenue, Suite 340

Spokane, Washington  99201

No telephone calls please.

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.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, June 22, 2020
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated May 29, 2020

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, pregnancy, status as a parent, or any other nonmerit-based factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:  The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. See list of DPOCs.   

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).


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