The Tucson branch of the United States Attorneys Office for the District of Arizona has primary responsibility for prosecuting federal crimes occurring in and relating to Southern Arizona. Law student clerks will handle research and writing projects from the office's of Criminal, Civil, and Appellate Divisions:
Criminal Division : Assistant U.S. Attorneys working in the Criminal Division prosecute violations of the federal criminal code including: narcotics trafficking crimes, violent crimes occurring on the Indian reservations and federal facilities located in southern Arizona, white collar crimes (including mortgage fraud, tax fraud, corruption, and money laundering), crimes affecting the national security of the United States (including alien smuggling, weapons smuggling, and terrorism) and crimes particularly prevalent in the southwest border states (including illegal reentry of a removed alien and alien smuggling).
Appellate Division: Assistant U.S. Attorneys working in the Appellate Division research and write appellate briefs and conduct oral argument on behalf of the United States before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. They also provide legal advice to the attorneys in the Civil and Criminal Divisions and help draft pleadings of first impression. In addition to working on appellate briefs, law clerks may be invited to attend moot courts that are conducted before every Ninth Circuit oral argument.
Civil Division: Assistant U.S. Attorneys working in the Civil Division handle an extensive volume of cases, including defending the actions of federal agencies, handling Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act cases, defending medical malpractice actions and employment discrimination claims, and defending Federal Tort Claims Act cases. Attorneys also represent federal law enforcement officers. The Civil Division handles bankruptcy matters, and contains the Financial Litigation Unit, which handles collections on behalf of the government.
Law clerks will conduct legal research and draft motions and pleadings filed in U.S. District Court, and will have the opportunity to assist with court and trial preparation. Clerks may also have the opportunity to help draft appellate briefs filed with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Law clerks are encouraged to watch federal court proceedings, attend legal trainings, and explore federal practice and procedure.
Successful applicants should: 1) be proactive self-starters who are interested in working in a fast-paced environment offering a variety of opportunities and experiences; 2) have solid research and writing skills; and 3) have a demonstrated interest in public service, particularly including experience working in a prosecution office. Clerks will be given assignments in as many different practice areas and with as many different attorneys as possible, providing exposure to a number of subject matters and styles of practice. Additionally, interested individuals participating in the Summer Clerkship Program will have the opportunity to tour a port of entry facility along the U.S./Mexico border, and a federal prison.
Enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school as a rising 2L or 3L. Must be a U.S. citizen. Strong grades and excellent research and writing skills. Completion of a law school Evidence course is a plus. A background check must be completed upon acceptance of the clerkship offer because of the sensitive nature of the work performed by the United States Attorneys Office. Prior criminal arrests and/or convictions, illegal drug or alcohol use, unresolved debtor or tax issues could disqualify the student. Applicants who are available for at least 10 weeks during the summer are preferred.
Applications should be e-mailed to Micah Schmit. Applications should include the following materials: (a) résumé, (b) law school transcript, (c) legal writing sample, (d) dates of availability, and (e) telephone number(s) where the applicant can be reached in the daytime and evenings. A cover letter is optional. For Summer 2019, please submit your applications to Mr. Schmit, Gerard.firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15th, 2019.