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 child exploitation/child pornography, human trafficking, organized crime, terrorism, complex securities and fraud cases, international narcotics, health care fraud, and public corruption. The District also prosecutes in federal court those violent crime cases which occur on Native American Reservations. These cases include white collar, assault, burglary, drugs, sexual assault, and homicide. AUSAs assigned to the reservations act as a liaison between the reservation(s) and the United States Attorney. The Civil Division prosecutes and defends 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. AUSAs 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 District prosecutes a full range of federal criminal cases. The casework for this position would entail the investigation and prosecution of matters ranging from child exploitation/child pornography, drug crimes, violent crimes, including firearms offenses, organized crime, criminal immigration matters, economic crimes, and general crimes. The casework will have an emphasis on violent crime and domestic terrorism offenses. The qualified applicant would be expected to: (a) assist federal law enforcement agents in structuring and implementing criminal investigative plans and strategies; (b) actively participate in grand jury proceedings, including the presentation of witnesses before the grand jury; (c) litigate cases of moderate to high complexity from start to finish with limited supervision; and (d) write and argue his or her own appeals in addition to assisting in the drafting, editing, and arguing of other appeals as assigned.
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 one year of 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 judgment;
- Excellent communication and courtroom skills;
- The ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff, and clientagencies;
- 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 inrelocating 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 also 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 Street, Suite 1100
Helena, MT 59626
Please indicate which vacancy announcement you are applying to. 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.