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Assistant U.S. Attorney - eLitigation

Hiring Organization
United States Attorney's Office (USAO)
Hiring Office
United States Attorney's Office - District of Minnesota
Job ID
23-MN-12103726-AUSA-eLIT
Location:
300 S. 4th Street, Suite. 600
Minneapolis, MN 55415 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota serves the entire state of Minnesota, with offices located in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

This position is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Office's team of federal Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs) prosecutes and defends cases on behalf of the United States and places a high priority on assembling a diverse team of Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs) with varied backgrounds, experiences, and skills. The U.S. Attorney's Office believes that its team makes better, fairer, and more just decisions when its judgments are the product of a vigorous dialogue among a collaborative and diverse group of their peers.

In all matters, it is our mission to represent the people of the United States in a manner that will instill confidence in the fairness and integrity of our office and the judicial system, and to conduct our work with the highest integrity. We strive to perform our mission in the most efficient and effective manner.

For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney’s Offices, visit http://www.justice.gov/careers/careers/html.

As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

Job Description

Achieving and maintaining eLitigation proficiency among attorneys and staff is a top priority of the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney's Office.

The Assistant United States Attorney selected for this position will be responsible for improving and overseeing the office's eLitigation operations. This includes advising and/or consulting with civil and criminal case teams, automated litigation support and IT personnel, management, and others, such as the Court, Federal Public Defender, law enforcement and client agencies, on substantive electronic litigation (eLitigation) and discovery issues, ensuring optimal discovery processes, evaluating and updating the office's eLitigation policies and protocols, including procedures for processing, reviewing, producing, and managing electronic discovery, and coordinating litigation support work.  The Assistant United States Attorney selected for this position will be responsible for providing training on litigation technology software tools and applications and best practices for use of those tools, as well as developments in the law regarding eLitigation.

This is not a trial AUSA position, The selected candidate will be an attorney advisor, who will be primarily dedicated to coordinating the office's eLitigation program. The AUSA will be located in the Minneapolis office and will be assigned work in the Civil and Criminal Divisions.

While this announcement seeks an attorney interested coordinating the office’s eLitigation program, individuals hired as AUSAS are assigned at the U.S. Attorney’s discretion.  The Office also has an active open and continuous job announcement (23-MN-11856298-AUSA-CRM) that generally seeks attorneys interested in joining our Criminal Division in any of its sections.  Applicants may apply to both announcements if interested in both.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as training and experience progress.

We may use this posting to fill other vacant AUSA positions.

Security RequirementsInitial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment 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.

Residency Requirements: Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which he or she is appointed or within 25 miles thereof. See 28 U.S.C. sec. 545 for district-specific information.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov.

Qualifications

Conditions of Employment:

  • You must be a United States Citizen or National.
  • Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. Continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.
  • J.D. degree and active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) required.
  • Must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof. See 28 U.S.C. sec. 545 for district specific information.
  • All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on 14-month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

Required Qualifications:
Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 1* year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

United States citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications:
Ideal candidates will have two or more of the following:

  • Current or prior experience as an AUSA,
  • Ability to function with minimal guidance in a demanding office.
  • Experience with complex civil or criminal litigation.
  • Experience using litigation technology applications to acquire, organize, analyze, manage, and present electronic discovery and evidence.
  • Experience developing and/or drafting eLitigation policies, procedures, or pleadings.
  • The capacity to work effectively with a team, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment. Experience litigating cases in federal or state courts, with responsibility for investigation, discovery, and trial.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge and ability to use computers and computer applications in performing day-to-day work requirements.

Applicants must also demonstrate the following:

  • Desire to work as an AUSA in the District of Minnesota.
  • Commitment to excellence, strong work ethic, and drive, which may be demonstrated through successful teamwork, leadership, obstacles overcome, and personal, academic, and professional achievement.
  • Quick analytical ability and the facility to articulate the critical issues accurately and precisely in a case.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff, the court, and partner law enforcement agencies.
  • Capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment and be substantially self-sufficient in day-to-day work.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.

Education:  Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree

Other Benefits:  The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The Benefits link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal Employees

Application Process

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Required - Your responses to the Online Occupational Questionnaire (This is completed automatically during the apply online process).
  • Required - Cover letter to include a statement as to why you are applying to be an eLitigation attorney.
  • Required - Your resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (include month/year).
  • Required – Proof of bar membership.
  • Required - A writing sample, not to exceed ten (10) pages, preferably related to eLitigation, in the form of a pleading, policy, memorandum, or other similar format. 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 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.
  • Recommended - Transcript from Law School in which your J.D. was awarded.
  • Recommended - At least two (2) letters of recommendation.
Salary

Assistant United States Attorney's pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay is $74,973 to $183,400, which includes 26.49% locality pay.

Number of Positions
1
Travel
1 to 5 nights of travel required per month.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

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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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit 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, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). 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, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf 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 their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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Updated August 24, 2023