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.
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.
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.
Applications must be submitted online through the following link:
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 Sites: This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/careers