The U.S. Attorney’s Office contains a Civil Division and Criminal Division. The Criminal Division prosecutes violations of federal criminal law – types of cases include, but are not limited to: mail, wire, tax and securities fraud; environmental crimes; firearm crimes; bank robbery; drug crimes; assaults. The Civil Division attorneys act as defense counsel for government agencies and employees. Types of cases include, but are not limited to: discrimination (race, sex, age, disability, religion); public land issues (quiet title, condemnation, land-use, access to public land, endangered species); bankruptcy; immigration; Federal Tort Claims Act (malpractice, etc.); constitutional torts (Bivens). Civil Division attorneys also act as plaintiff’s counsel in areas, which include, but are not limited to: medicaid and medicare fraud; the False Claims Act; and any other cases in which the United States has been injured financially or where injunctive relief is needed. In addition, in Yellowstone National Park, and to a lesser extent in Grand Teton National Park, the District of Wyoming U.S. Attorney’s Office is responsible for prosecuting class A, B and C misdemeanors that arise in the Parks.
Please note: Mammoth Hot Springs is situated within Wyoming and within Yellowstone National Park, and is a community of about 600 persons located approximately 6 miles south of Gardiner, Montana, 55 miles south of Livingston, Montana, and 120 miles northwest of Cody, Wyoming. Yellowstone National Park consists of 2.2 million acres, an area of exclusive federal jurisdiction, and sees over 4 million visitors annually. It should also be noted that most roads crossing the Park are closed from October to May, when weather conditions make driving hazardous. During this time period, only the northern entrance, at Gardiner, Montana, provides access to the Park and the Park’s headquarters in Mammoth Hot Springs, where the U.S. Attorney’s Office is located. Based upon availability and arrangements made with the Park Service, government housing at Mammoth Hot Springs may be available, with the volunteer paying a share of utility costs and a modest fee. If housing is required and is available, the volunteer may need to share accommodations with another Park Service employee or contractor.
In Cheyenne, assignments include: drafting responsive motions, dispositive motions, memoranda of law, and appellate briefs. Volunteers become familiar with the Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, the local rules of practice for the Wyoming United States District Court, and the local and Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. In addition, volunteers may attend depositions, meetings with agents, and accompany the attorneys to observe court proceedings. Law students who have completed one year of law school may be able to handle proceedings on behalf of the government under the guidance of an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA). In Yellowstone, undergraduate volunteers will assist an AUSA with the processing and preparation of misdemeanors for prosecution and will assist with proceedings in U.S. Magistrate Court.
For the spring and fall semesters in Yellowstone, the USAO is interested in considering undergraduate students in a criminal justice or related degree program, who must engage in a semester-long internship to satisfy degree requirements.
For volunteer opportunities in Cheyenne (and for Casper and Lander, if hiring occurs in the branch offices), candidates must be first-year (second semester), second- or third-year law students. Students chosen will be subject to a background check. Volunteers must be U.S. citizens.
Minimum weeks required: 8-12 weeks for Cheyenne and 12 weeks for YNP
ATTN: Jonell Christianson, Human Resources Specialist
Telephone: (307) 772-2124
Email Address: USAWY.Volunteers@usdoj.gov
All applications (both law and non-law) should go to the e-mail address above. For more information on the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Wyoming, including types of cases handled, office organization, locations and staffing, please see our web site, which is located at http://www.justice.gov/usao-wy.
Cover letter including your dates of availability, resume, most recent transcript, e-mail address and telephone number where student can be reached both day and evening.
3 months prior to the semester the student wishes to work:
Spring Semester: October 1
Fall Semester: June 1