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Hiring Organization
USAO District of Nevada
Job ID
333 Las Vegas Blvd So, Ste 5000
Las Vegas, NV 89101 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The closing date for this announcement has been extended to June 26, 2015.

The District of Nevada has a dynamic and experienced workforce built on strong teamwork and comradery. Attorneys in the Civil Division do an outstanding job representing the interests of the United States and its agencies in a wide variety of civil matters and cases. From defending agency decisions to filing affirmative civil litigation against those who have obtained improperly government benefits, Civil Division attorneys have saved the government enormous sums, have collected millions of dollars for victims of crimes and have returned equally impressive sums to the United States treasury. We take great pride in the positive impact we have had on this community and on the public fisc.

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

This position primarily involves representing the United States and its agencies and employees in civil litigation brought by and against the government. The case load of the successful applicant may include collections, bankruptcy, tort actions under the Federal Tort Claims Act (premises liability, vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, etc.), Bivens based constitutional tort claims against federal employees, (employment related litigation (Title VII, ADEA, Rehabilitation Act, ADA, etc.), review of agency decisions under the Administrative Procedures Act, and affirmative civil litigation, which can include environmental enforcement actions, claims asserted under the False Claims act, common law tort claims, and actions to impose civil fines.


Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree and be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least three years post-J.D. civil litigation experience.

Preferred Qualifications: The ideal candidate must have significant post-J.D. experience with the civil discovery processes including a demonstrated ability to take and defend depositions, manage documents, propound and respond to discovery requests, and prepare initial and expert disclosures. She or he should also have significant experience retaining, preparing and deposing expert witnesses. The applicant must have superior organizational and analytical skills and experience managing discovery in civil cases. She or he will be proficient in the use of a computer, and will have excellent oral and written advocacy skills in civil litigation matters, including drafting pleadings, motions and other papers in cases litigated in United States district courts, bankruptcy courts or state courts. The preferred applicant will also have civil trial experience, excellent communications skills, and experience acting beyond the scope of advisory counsel. In addition, the preferred candidate will have experience appearing in United States District Courts, United States Bankruptcy Courts, and state courts on civil cases and matters.

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

Application Process

Applications MUST be submitted online at

Required - Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire (online or 1203-FX).

Required - Your resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (include day/month/year) and cover letter stating (a) your interest in the position and (b) working in Nevada.

Required - Writing Sample (NTE 20 pages)

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 under the "Qualifications and Evaluations" Tab above 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.


$51,916.00 - $153,176.00/Per Year

Number of Positions
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses are not 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, 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 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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This and other vacancy announcements can be found under Attorney Vacancies and Volunteer Legal Internships. The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.

Updated April 7, 2016