The United States Attorney's Office (USAO), Central District of Illinois is seeking an experienced attorney to serve in the Civil Division. The USAO is responsible for representing the federal government in litigation involving the United States in the Central District of Illinois, which includes criminal prosecutions for violations of federal law, civil lawsuits by and against the federal government, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers. The Civil Division handles a variety of cases including affirmative litigation to recover public funds which have been wrongfully obtained by fraud, civil rights enforcement, defensive matters involving government agencies and employees (for example medical malpractice, statutory and Constitutional torts, employment discrimination, and immigration matters), asset forfeiture, and collections. Other divisions within the district include: Appellate, Criminal and Administrative.
We strive to perform our mission in the most efficient and effective manner. To accomplish this mission, assigned personnel work cooperatively with other federal, state and local law enforcement and community agencies to improve the safety and quality of life; protect the public funds and other assets of the United States; maintain a courteous and professional working environment; and, with skill and integrity, seek to achieve justice in every civil and criminal matter.
This position is located in Springfield, Illinois.
For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney's Offices, visit http://www.justice.gov/careers/careers.html
As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.
All initial attorney positions to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis.
Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
AUSAs in the Civil Division are responsible for representing the United States and its agencies and employees in a wide variety of challenging cases. Primary areas of litigation include False Claims Act cases; civil rights enforcement, including Americans with Disabilities Act cases and investigations; asset forfeiture; defending the government in causes of action brought under the Federal Tort Claims Act and those alleging employment discrimination under Title VII, the ADEA, or the Rehabilitation Act; defending against allegations of unconstitutional conduct; and defending agency decisions in Administrative Procedure Act cases. AUSAs in the Civil Division are active at both the trial and appellate levels. They spend substantial time on legal research and writing, formulating case strategies, in discovery (interviewing witnesses, taking and defending depositions, working with expert witnesses, propounding and responding to written discovery requests), engaging in motions practice, attending mediations and settlement conferences, representing the government's interests at hearings and trials, and drafting and arguing appeals. AUSAs must be able to work well both independently and as a member of a team and should demonstrate strong organizational and negotiation skills and the ability to analyze complex legal and factual issues and to write clearly and persuasively.
Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.
Conditions of Employment
Security Requirements: Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
Residency Requirements: Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which he or she is appointed or within 25 miles thereof. See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district-specific information.
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov.
Bar Membership: Must become a member of the Illinois bar within 18 months of appointment if not already licensed in the State.
Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 3 year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience. Must become a member of the Illinois bar within 18 months of appointment if not already licensed.
United States citizenship is required.
At least five years post J.D. legal or other relevant experience. Strong academic credentials, superior legal research and writing skills, quick analytical ability to accurately and precisely articulate critical case-related issues, demonstrated civil litigation experience, good interpersonal skills, the ability to work in a supportive and professional team environment with client agencies, support staff and other attorneys, and a demonstrated commitment to public service.
You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.
To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 05/18/2018 to receive consideration.
1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. (It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.)
3. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.