The Middle District of Georgia encompasses 70 of Georgia’s 159 counties and covers 25,471 square miles with a population of approximately 2,450,000. The district is home to Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Ft. Benning in Columbus, and the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany and has courthouses in Macon, Athens, Albany, Columbus and Valdosta.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Middle District of Georgia is charged with the primary responsibility for prosecuting all federal crimes, from acts of terrorism to public corruption, white-collar crime, organized crime and gang activities, internet-related crimes, and many other criminal acts.
The Civil Division of the USAO encompasses a broad practice base.
- Defensive Litigation: The USAO defends lawsuits brought against the United States in the areas of medical malpractice, negligence (e.g., personal injury), employment discrimination, defense of federal programs and agency decisions, immigration, Social Security, constitutional torts, and prisoner litigation. The USAO also handles bankruptcy matters and property liens on behalf of the United States.
- Affirmative Litigation: The USAO is responsible for recovering federal funds from violators of U.S. criminal, regulatory, and civil laws through its enforcement of healthcare fraud, procurement fraud, and other forms of fraud against the federal government under the False Claims Act. In coordination with the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, the USAO also assists in the enforcement of civil rights statutes.
Prior law student volunteers from the USAO for the Middle District of Georgia have gone on to work at various district attorney’s offices, in federal and state judicial clerkships, for the Department of Justice (including the USAO for the Middle District of Georgia), and various private law firms.
Law student volunteers will be assigned to the Civil Division and will perform research projects, draft pleadings and other court papers, and may assist in trial preparation and/or work on appellate briefs. Volunteers will work with numerous Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) over the course of the internship. Through research projects and interaction with the AUSAs, volunteers will be introduced to the federal court system and will learn the ins and outs of federal civil litigation. Volunteers are encouraged to attend depositions, court hearings, and trials with AUSAs. Our goal is for our volunteers to gain an introduction to the federal legal system, to develop their legal skills, and, above all, to enjoy their internship.
To be eligible for this position, an applicant must (1) be a first-year (1L) or second-year (2L) law student; (2) be a U.S. citizen who has lived in the United States for three of the last five years; and (3) pass a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the United States Attorney’s Office.
Eight-week full-time commitment preferred.
Students interested in applying for the 2021 summer program must submit:
1. Cover Letter
3. Law School Transcript
3. Writing Sample (10 pages maximum)
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis but must be submitted no later than November 8, 2020.
Applications should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.