The Executive Office for U.S. Trustees is the headquarters of the United States Trustee Program (USTP). The USTP is a litigating component of the Department of Justice (DOJ) with responsibility for overseeing nearly all bankruptcy cases filed in the United States. Its employees in Washington DC and in more than 90 field office locations across the country handle a wide range of administrative, regulatory and civil enforcement matters. The USTP's mission is to promote integrity and efficiency of the bankruptcy system for the benefit of all stakeholders - debtors, creditors, and the public. Of particular importance are the USTP's efforts to address fraud and abuse by debtors, creditors and others in the bankruptcy system by taking both formal and informal civil enforcement actions and making criminal referrals to U.S. Attorneys as appropriate.
The USTP places a high value on diversity of experience and cultural perspectives and encourages applications from all interested candidates, including candidates from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, women, LGBT individuals, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
Washington DC: Executive Office. Law student volunteers at the Executive Office work for the Office of the General Counsel (OGC). OGC is responsible for coordinating, directing and developing legal policies, procedures and litigating positions for the USTP in enforcing the Bankruptcy Code, and seeing that institutional interests of the USTP are properly asserted and defended. OGC handles its responsibilities through four legal practice groups, each with a specialized focus: Appellate, Chapter 11, Consumer, and General and Administrative. OGC interns conduct research and assist attorneys in each practice group area on a wide variety of matters, including drafting and editing memoranda and USTP guidance and policy papers, court pleadings, and appellate briefs, participating in moot courts to prepare attorneys for trial, researching FOIA and Privacy Act issues, attending Congressional hearings and preparing summaries for senior leadership.
Field Offices: Interns assist field office attorneys in preparing for bankruptcy court appearances, developing bankruptcy fraud referrals, screening cases for debtor abuse of the Bankruptcy Code reviewing documents in chapter 7, 11 and 13 cases and filing motions and objections as appropriate, and monitoring section 341 meetings between debtors and creditors.
First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students are encouraged to apply. Superior research and writing skills are essential, as well as an eye for detail, a desire to work as part of a small team of professionals, and a commitment to fairness and integrity in the administration of the bankruptcy system. This is an excellent opportunity for students with a background and interest in bankruptcy, litigation, administrative law, and policy and legislation. Must be a U.S. citizen. Interns must be able to commit a minimum of 20 hours per week for 8 continuous weeks in the fall and spring, and 8 to 10 weeks during the summer.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, current law school transcript and legal writing sample (5-10 pages only) via email to Duane Currie at Duane.Currie@usdoj.gov and to Carrie Weinfeld at Carrie.B.Weinfeld@usdoj.gov. All documents should be in .PDF format. Applicants interested in field office internships should indicate their preferred location. Our office locator is available at www.justice.gov/ust. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, until the application deadline.