The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma is the principal litigation agency for federal agencies for the 11 counties in the northeastern part of the state. The Northern District of Oklahoma has a population of approximately one million. Our office is located in Tulsa, the metropolitan area of which has approximately 75 percent of the district's population. The Civil 5 Assistant United States Attorneys manage both affirmative and defensive civil litigation involving the United States or agencies or officers of the United States.
As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.
The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma seeks Uncompensated Special Assistant United States Attorneys who will be assigned to the Civil and Criminal Divisions of the office. The successful applicant(s) must be willing to accept an unpaid temporary position as a special Assistant U.S. Attorney (SAUSA) in the Civil Division or the Criminal Division. The unpaid position offers a valuable opportunity to gain exposure to the office while also obtaining litigation experience.
The successful applicant (s) for the Civil Division will serve as a SAUSA with responsibilities that include the defense of tort claims, Administrative Procedure Act claims, a wide variety of land use and environmental claims and any other litigation assigned to the Civil Division. The Civil Division SAUSA will draft pleadings, legal briefs, engage in discovery, research legal issues, and conduct hearings and trials.
The successful applicant (s) for the Criminal Division will serve as a SAUSA to enforce federal criminal laws. Assignments will include the investigation and prosecution of firearms, explosives, counterfeiting, fraud, immigration, drug trafficking, and other violent crimes. The successful applicant (s) for the Criminal Division will also conduct legal research and draft appellate and post-conviction petition responses.
This announcement is to fill one or more positions in both the Civil Division and the Criminal Division. A candidate should state in his or her cover letter which Division for which the application is submitted.
The term of any SAUSA appointment is 24 months, with the potential for an additional 12-month extension. At the conclusion of the term of the appointment, the SAUSA will not be hired by this office as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA). However, the SAUSA may apply for any open AUSA positions in the office.
United States citizenship is required.
Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an accredited law school and be an active member in good standing of the bar (any jurisdiction). Required qualifications also include at least one year of post J.D. experience in legal practice related to civil law only for those individuals applying for a SAUSA position in the Civil Division.
Preferred Qualifications: An outstanding academic record, litigation experience, strong legal research and writing ability, strong courtroom skills, superior organizational skills and computer literacy skills are preferred. Preferred qualifications also include one year of post J.D. experience in legal practice related to criminal law only for those individuals applying for a SAUSA position in the Criminal Division.
Provide resume, cover letter, a writing sample, and a list of references. Send your application materials to the following:
Ms. Carol De Shaffon
Office of the United States Attorney
Northern District of Oklahoma
110 West 7th Street, Suite 300
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74119-1013
No telephone calls please. Position is open until filled and multiple appointments may be made from this announcement.
Security Requirements: Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment adjudication. This includes fingerprint and credit checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
Internet Sites: This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at http://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.