Special Assistant United States Attorney - Uncompensated - Civil and Criminal

Northern District of Oklahoma
110 W. 7th Street
Suite 300
Tulsa, OK 74119
United States
About the Office: 

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.

Job Description: 

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 assigned responsibilities that may 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 may 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 may also be assigned to 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.

Position(s) are two-year appointments, without compensation.
Application Process: 

Provide resume, cover letter, a writing sample, and a list of references. Send your application materials to the following:

Ms. Carol De Shaffon
Administrative Officer
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.

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Updated September 30, 2016

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:   The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  See list of DPOCs.    

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).


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