Attorney

Civil Division
Attorney
1441 Main Street
Suite 500
Columbia, SC 29201
United States
19-DSC-10497528-DE
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of South Carolina is looking for experienced attorneys to represent the interests of the United States. Working with other Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) and federal law enforcement partners, this AUSA will be responsible for the prosecution of civil cases on behalf of the United States. Serving to make society safer, to protect those who are preyed upon, and to ensure the fair and equitable administration of justice makes being an AUSA an extremely rewarding and exciting career.

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

Assistant United States Attorneys in the Civil Division have the opportunity to perform an important public service by representing the interests of the United States of America in civil actions brought by or against the United States in both federal and state courts of law. This position's primary responsibility will be affirmative litigation of cases involving general fraud, health care fraud, violations of the False Claims Act, and violations of the Controlled Substances Act. The position may also include defensive litigation in the areas of medical malpractice, employment discrimination, immigration, Administrative Procedures Act, prisoner, personal injury tort, and other general defensive litigation.

Attorneys in the Civil Division are responsible for handling all aspects of cases and investigations, including researching the appropriate program requirements and the materiality of the allegations of fraud, gathering evidence, taking testimony, writing briefs, participating in negotiations, and appearing in court at hearings and trials.

Qualifications: 

Ideal candidates must possess a strong work ethic, exhibit good organizational skills, exercise fair and sound judgment, be attentive to facts and details, work well both independently and on a team, have leadership skills, be ready and willing to volunteer to assist other AUSAs, possess excellent negotiation skills, have the ability to analyze complex legal and factual issues, write clearly and persuasively, and effectively represent the Government's interests at hearings and trials before the United States District Court

Required Qualifications:
Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 3 year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

United States citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications:-
- Required qualifications include at least 3 years of Post-J.D. Legal or other relevant experience.

-Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability to accurately and precisely identify and articulate critical issues in an investigation and prosecution.

-Applicants must possess excellent written and oral communication abilities and courtroom skills.

-Applicants must demonstrate superior oral and writing skills as well as strong research and interpersonal skills.

-Applicants must demonstrate good judgment.

-Applicants must exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff, law enforcement agents, courthouse staff, and judges.

-Applicants must have a demonstrated capacity to work hard and function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment.

-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.

Salary: 
$66,869 to $146,029 which includes 15.67% locality pay
Travel: 
Occasional Travel
Application Process: 

Applicants must apply using the following link to USAJOBS:

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/533052100

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: 
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated May 8, 2019

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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, 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 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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