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 U.S. 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, commercial, 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.
This Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) will handle the prosecution of economic crime, public corruption, narcotic cases and Indian Country cases for the District of Montana. The narcotic prosecution duties include handling both Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and Non-OCDETF narcotics cases. In addition to trial work, other areas of responsibility include interaction with multi-jurisdictional drug task forces and training of officers. The Indian Country duties include violent crime cases which occur on Indian Reservations in Federal Court. Among other substantive areas, cases will include assaults, burglaries, drugs, sexual assaults and homicides. The position is also responsible for appellate work. This position may be located in either Billings, Great Falls or Helena, MT dependent upon the preference and location of the successful candidate.
Required Qualifications: 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. legal or other relevant experience. United States citizenship is required.
Preferred Qualifications: Hiring for AUSA positions is highly competitive. The ideal candidate will have:
- a quick analytical ability and the facility to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case;
- 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 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.
To apply, interested candidates should submit their resume and a cover letter that address in detail their educational and professional background as well as a listing of all bar memberships to:
Applicants without access to email may mail their application materials to the following address:
United States Attorney's Office
Attn: Theresa Hutchison
901 Front St., Ste 1100
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.