The USAO for the Northern District of West Virginia is charged with the primary responsibility for prosecuting federal crimes involving drugs, firearms, fraud and other criminal acts. Additionally, the Office is charged with representing the United States in civil actions, enforcing regulatory agencies’ authority and recovering criminal and civil debts owed to the federal government. The headquarters office is located in Wheeling, with branches in Clarksburg, Elkins and Martinsburg.
Employment with the United States Attorney's Office offers a unique and challenging experience for highly motivated attorneys, including opportunities to work on their own caseload and handle their own trials. Uncompensated Special Assistant United States Attorneys (SAUSAs) will be assigned to the Civil and Criminal Divisions in the Wheeling Office, Clarksburg Office, or Martinsburg Office. A one-year employment commitment is required.
Candidates for the Civil Positions will have the opportunity to perform an important public service by representing the interests of the United States of America in civil actions brought by or against the United States in both federal and state courts of law.
Candidates for the Criminal Positions will be part of a dedicated team helping 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 SAUSA will receive training in investigating and prosecuting federal crimes, and may have the opportunity to attend formal training or conferences with SAUSAs and Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) from districts across the country.
This is a one-year appointment without compensation. Employee benefits for this position will be limited.
Note: Employees of the Department of Justice, including uncompensated Special Assistant United States Attorneys, may not engage in the compensated practice of law outside the office. Attorneys are not eligible to serve as SAUSAs if they have had an employment offer deferred by a law firm and received a payment for the period of deferral with the exception of future employment with the law firm, or if they will receive any payment from a law firm during their unpaid employment with the Department of Justice. In addition, contractors, including employees of contractors who do business with the Department of Justice, and who are attorneys, are not eligible to serve as uncompensated SAUSAs. 5 CFR 3801.106, Outside Employment, prohibits, generally Department attorneys from engaging in the compensated outside practice of law, with the exception of law professors. Attorneys in this category are employed to teach law, and are not otherwise engaged in the compensated outside practice of law.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree; be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, territory, or the District of Columbia.
Applicants must be active members in good standing of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) and have at least 1 year of post J.D. legal or other relevant experience.
United States Citizenship is required.
Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, as well as drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject of a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
Following appointment, SAUSAs generally must reside in the district for which they are appointed or within 25 miles thereof. See U.S.C. § 545 for district-specific information.
Please send cover letter, resume, legal writing sample (of NO MORE than 10 pages), date when first available to work, and telephone number(s) where applicant can be reached in the day and evenings to:
USAO Northern District of West Virginia
Federal Building, Suite 3000
1125 Chapline Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
ATTN: SAUSA (Uncompensated)
Telephone: (304) 234-0100
Fax: (304) 234-0113
You can also apply by email, at USAWVN.HR@usa.doj.gov. Questions can also be sent to this address.
Resumes should include a detailed description of employment history, to include dates of employment (month/year). This is an open continuous announcement to fill current and future vacancies in our Civil and Criminal Division. Please include the vacancy announcement number listed at the top of the announcement (USAO-WVN-19-SAUSA) on your resume and cover letter.
No telephone calls please.
This and other attorney announcements can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/attvacancies.html and http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/wvn