The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa employs 25 Assistant United States Attorneys. The District’s headquarters office is located in Des Moines. The District has staffed branch offices in Davenport and Council Bluffs, which serve the District’s eastern and western divisions.
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 Des Moines Office, Davenport Office, or Council Bluffs 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 expectation 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 is preferred, but not required, 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.
Applicants should send a resume and Attorney Questionnaire to: USAIAS.Applications@usdoj.gov. Please send entire application package in one pdf file. If you are currently an attorney with a federal agency, please include a copy of your most recent SF 50-B, Notification of Personnel Action.
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.
No telephone calls please.
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