AUSA

Civil Division
Attorney
650 Poydras Street, Ste. 1600
New Orleans, LA 70130
United States
18-LAE-10231708-AUSA
About the Office: 

The Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana, located in New Orleans, is responsible for a wide range of affirmative and defensive litigation, and handles matters involving civil fraud, torts, personal injuries, environmental violations, health care, civil rights, employment discrimination, tax, immigration, and challenges to federal agency actions.

Job Description: 

The Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office is currently accepting applications from experienced attorneys who have a strong civil-litigation background for the position of Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA), with a predominant focus on Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE). The ACE AUSA enables the U.S. Attorney's Office to meet its mission of enforcing the law, protecting the federal fisc, and advancing the legal interests of the United States. The ACE AUSA will be responsible for the investigation and prosecution of a variety of affirmative civil cases, including: civil fraud matters arising out of the False Claims Act, DEA drug diversion and enforcement, agency enforcement actions, and other affirmative actions for civil money damages and penalties. The ACE AUSA will be required to handle necessary actions at the investigative, trial, and appellate levels, which may include: analysis of large document sets, evaluation of relator complaints and agency referrals, witness interviews, intervention/declination recommendations and pleadings, pre-trial discovery, settlement negotiations, motion practice, trial practice, brief writing, and oral argument. Responsibilities will increase in number and complexity as training and experience progress within the office.

Qualifications: 

Required Qualifications:  Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member in good standing of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least 3 years post-J.D. experience.

United States citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications: Applicants must have a demonstrated ability to function as a criminal civil litigator, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment. Applicants also must demonstrate: (1) the ability to quickly, accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case; (2) superior oral and writing skills; (3) strong research and interpersonal skills; (4) good judgment; (5) excellent communication and courtroom skills; and (6) the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff and client agencies.

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

All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

Salary: 
Assistant United States Attorney’s pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay is $61,217.00 to $160,122.00 which includes 15.37% locality pay.
Travel: 
Occasional travel may be required.
Application Process: 

Applications must be submitted online through the following link:

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/501863900

You must provide a complete application package which includes:

  • Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.
  • A cover letter.
  • Your resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (include day/month/year).
  • A writing sample.

The deadline to apply is June 8, 2018. If unable to apply online, the announcement provides instructions on faxing your document in the “How to Apply” tab.

Security Requirements: Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment adjudication. This includes fingerprint and credit checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

Internet SitesThis and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/careers

Application Deadline: 
Friday, June 15, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
More than one attorney may be hired from this announcement if vacancies exist.
Updated June 11, 2018

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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 color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit 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.

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 targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  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, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). 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 who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-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.

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, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf 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 his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

 

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