The United States Attorney's Office (USAO), Southern District of Florida (SDFL) is one of the largest USAOs in the nation. Divisions include: Appellate, Asset Forfeiture, Civil and Criminal. The Criminal Division is further divided into Sections: Major Crimes, Economic & Environmental Crimes, International Narcotics & Money Laundering, National Security, Public Corruption & Civil Rights, and Special Prosecutions. SDFL is a leader in the prosecution of health care fraud, bank and other white collar frauds, narcotics offenses, human trafficking cases, public corruption, and national security matters. The Appellate Division provides advice and assistance to the litigation sections in appellate matters and handles all appeals before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The Asset Forfeiture Division handles some of the most significant and complex forfeiture cases in the nation using criminal and civil forfeiture to take the profit out of crime and, in many cases, return assets to victims. The Civil Division defends the interest of the United States from suits alleging statutory torts, constitutional torts, employment discrimination, and a myriad of other claims. The Civil Division also prosecutes cases for fraud and other violations of federal laws and is responsible for collecting monies owed to the government as a result of criminal fines, defaulted student loans, mortgage foreclosures, bond forfeitures and civil judgments. The division's civil rights enforcement program investigates and litigates cases involving discrimination in the areas of housing, public employment, disability, voting and education. There are also three branch offices located in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Fort Pierce.
The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida is seeking an experienced attorney with a working knowledge of the Immigration and Nationality Act to serve in the Civil Division defending the government’s legal position in immigration cases. The majority of the assigned caseload will consist of habeas petitions and complaints filed by individuals seeking citizenship and detainees. Assistant United States Attorney's (AUSAs) engaged in this challenging work will work closely with agency counsel and agency employees from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and spend substantial time analyzing legal and factual issues, conducting legal research and writing, and advocating the government’s position at hearings. Most cases are resolved through motions practice, although in some cases the assigned AUSA becomes engaged in more complex civil litigation, including written discovery, depositions, motions practice, mediation, and trials in federal court.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 1 year post J.D. experience.
Preferred Qualifications: 3 year post-JD litigation experience. Prior immigration law experience. Superior research, writing and oral communication skills, and excellent interpersonal skills.
Reference the vacancy number 18-SDFL-AUSA-06.
A cover letter, resume and a writing sample must be submitted by e-mail to: USAFLS-AUSAResumes@usdoj.gov. Electronic submission of applications is preferred, however, if doing so creates a hardship, applications may be sent by mail to the following address:
United States Attorney's Office
Southern District of Florida
99 NE 4th Street
Miami, Florida 33132
Attention: Attorney Recruitment
No telephone calls please.