The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California represents the Federal government in virtually all litigation involving the United States in the Eastern District of California. This includes all criminal prosecutions for violations of Federal law, civil lawsuits by and against the government, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California is headquartered in Sacramento. The District includes the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada Mountains and encompasses most of the land mass of California – from the Coastal Mountain Range to the Nevada border, and from Bakersfield in the south to the Oregon border. The Fresno Office serves the counties of Calaveras, Tuolumne, Stanislaus, Mariposa, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, Inyo, and Kern.
Fresno is one of the fastest growing cities in California, due in part to its central location to major tourist areas in California. Fresno is located in the middle of the fertile San Joaquin Valley, also known as the Central Valley, which is a major supplier of food and agricultural products for the United States and the world. This area also includes national treasures such as Yosemite National Park and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks.
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 is seeking a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (SAUSA) in the Criminal Division, Misdemeanor Unit of the Fresno office. The SAUSA will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal laws with an emphasis on prosecuting misdemeanor violations within the Eastern District of California. The SAUSA will receive substantial training in investigating and prosecuting federal crimes, and will 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 Special Assistant United States Attorneys if they have had an employment offer deferred by a law firm and received a payment for the period of their 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 also are attorneys, are not eligible to serve as uncompensated Special Assistant United States Attorneys. 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.
Required Qualifications: By the time of appointment, applicants must possess a J.D. degree, and be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, territory, or the District of Columbia. By the time of appointment, applicants must be active members in good standing of the bar (any jurisdiction).
We encourage graduating law students and recent law school graduates to apply, however, selectees must meet the required qualifications by the time of appointment with our office. Graduating law students can apply before graduation and before passing the bar, but appointment is contingent on meeting all of the required qualifications as indicated above.
United States Citizenship is required.
Security Requirements: Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
Following appointment, SAUSAs generally must reside in the district to which they are appointed or within 25 miles thereof. See 28 U.S.C. § 545 for district-specific information.
Interested applicants should send a complete application package which should include a resume, cover letter, and recent writing sample via email to USACAE.AUSAHiring@usdoj.gov. The cover letter should be addressed to: United States Attorney's Office, Attn: Phillip A. Talbert, U.S. Attorney, 501 I Street, Suite 10-100, Sacramento, CA 95814
Resumes should include a detailed description of employment history, to include dates of employment (month/year). This announcement is open until filled but no later than Friday, April 14, 2023. Applications must be received by email (USACAE.AUSAHiring@usdoj.gov) no later than 11:59pm Pacific Time on the closing date to be considered. Please include the vacancy announcement number listed at the top of this announcement (23-EDCA-11A) on your resume and cover letter.
Applications must be received via the email address indicated above and applications received by mail will not be accepted.
No telephone calls please.
This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/attvacancies.html and http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/cae.
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.