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 assiged 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 case 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 division in one of the branch offices.
The United States Attorney is seeking an experienced attorney to serve as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA). The successful applicant will represent the U.S. Government on a wide range of unique and complex cases in the District of Montana handling a variety of civil litigation or criminal prosecutions. Civil Division cases encompass affirmative litigation where the United States is seeking some type of monetary recovery or injunctive relief (e.g. civil rights, judgment enforcement, bankruptcy, asset forfeiture) and defensive cases involving a variety of lawsuits brought against the Federal government. Criminal Division assignments include, but are not limited to, prosecution of economic crime, public corruption, narcotic cases and Indian Country cases. Narcotics prosecution duties include handling both Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and non-OCDETF cases. In addition to trial work, other areas of responsibility include interaction with multi-jurisdictional drug task forces and training of officers. Indian Country cases include prosecution of violent crimes which occur on Indian Reservations. Among other substantive areas, cases will include assaults, burglaries, drugs, sexual assaults and homicides. The successful applicant will be working primarily in the Civil Division. The position may be located in either the Billings, Great Falls or Helena branch office. All applicants should identify in their cover letter which location(s) they are interested in working out of.
Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 3 years 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.