The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Montana is considered a medium sized district and has offices located in Billings, Butte, Great Falls, Helena and Missoula. The Criminal Division prosecutes a wide range of federal cases involving organized crime, terrorism, complex securities and fraud cases, international narcotics, health care fraud and public corruption. The District also prosecutes in Federal Court violent crime cases which occur on Indian Reservations. These cases include assault, burglary, drugs, sexual assault and homicide. AUSA's assigned to the reservations act as a liaison between the reservation(s) and the United States Attorney. The Civil Division prosecutes every conceivable variety of affirmative and defensive cases filed in the District of Montana, at both the trial and appellate levels, involving matters such as health care, civil rights, environmental, false claims, immigration matters, all varieties of tort and discriminatory claims against the sovereign, the internet, telecommunications, energy policies and First Amendment issues. AUSA's are assigned to a unit within either the criminal or civil divisions in one of the branch offices.
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.
The Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) will work in the Indian Country Unit for the District of Montana as both a prosecutor, and the USAO Tribal Liaison. Duties include serving as the liaison between the USAO and our Tribal government and law enforcement partners. As the Tribal Liaison, the incumbent will arrange and facilitate meetings and communication between Tribal governments and the USA and senior management to collaborate on and address the issues and needs of our Tribal communities. The incumbent will assist the Tribal governments as needed by providing information, training, and resources. Duties also include acting as the advisor to the USA on all Indian Country matters in the District of Montana.
Duties will also include prosecution in Federal Court of Indian Country cases, and serving as the Point of Contact for at least one tribe, training of tribal prosecutors, and attending Multiple Disciplinary Team and Sexual Assault Response Team meetings. Indian Country cases will include assaults, burglaries, drugs, sexual assaults, and murders, as well as other substantive areas. Prosecution duties will encompass approximately 25% to 40% of the work. This will include assisting in criminal investigations by the FBI and other federal law enforcement partners, criminal trial work, and various appeals.
This position will be located in the Great Falls branch office.
Additionally, duties may include serving on local and national boards, task forces, and working groups addressing issues in Indian Country.
Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as 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 one year post-J.D. or other relevant experience. United States citizenship is required.
Hiring for AUSA positions is highly competitive. The ideal candidate will have:
- Superior oral and writing skills as well as strong research and interpersonal skills, and good judgement;
- Excellent communication and courtroom skills;
- The ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorney's, support staff, and client agencies;
- A demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment;
- Excellent computer literacy skills including experience with automated electronic court filing.
You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- Required - Your resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (include month/year), date J.D. was awarded (include month/year), and date of Bar Admission (include month/year).
- Highly Recommended - A cover letter expressing your interest in the position as well as your interest in relocating to Montana, if not currently a resident.
- Highly Recommended - A writing sample.
- Required, if applicable - To get Veterans' Preference, you must submit the appropriate supporting documentation. It is recommended that you include veterans' preference information in your cover letter or resume.
Candidates should submit their application package to:
Applicants without access to e-mail may mail their application materials to the following address:
United States Attorney's Office
Attn: Michelle Gomez
901 Front St.
Helena, MT 59626
Applicants are responsible for ensuring their application materials are received in the USAO, District of Montana, before the deadline.
No phone 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.