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Uncompensated Special Assistant United States Attorney

Hiring Organization
USAO Western District of Louisiana
Hiring Office
Job ID
300 Fannin Street, Suite 3201
Shreveport, LA 71101 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Louisiana serves 42 of the state's 64 parishes. It is bordered by Texas to the west, Arkansas to the north, the Mississippi River to the east and the Gulf of Mexico to the south. Geographically, the district encompasses two-thirds of the State of Louisiana. The main office is located in Shreveport, Louisiana, with a staffed, second office of equal size in Lafayette. There are also unstaffed, satellite offices in Alexandria, Monroe, and Lake Charles.

The United States Attorney's Office is responsible for federal criminal prosecutions and civil cases involving the United States Government. Our mission is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States, provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime, seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior, and to administer and enforce the Nation's laws to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

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.

Job Description

The United States Attorney's Office, Western District of Louisiana, is seeking an Uncompensated Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for its Criminal Division in Shreveport. This position is for Attorneys who are willing to accept a temporary position at $0.00 compensation in order to obtain valuable litigation experience.  Attorneys in the Criminal Division are responsible for the prosecution of all types of crimes under federal law ranging from complex white-collar crime, public corruptions, investment schemes, illegal immigration and alien smuggling, drug trafficking, firearms violations and violent crime. The Criminal Division also includes the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council, Appellate, Asset Forfeiture Program and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.


Required qualifications: Applicant must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school, and be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, territory, or District of Columbia.  Applicants must be be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction)  in good standing.

Preferred qualifications: Ideal applicants should have at least one year post JD experience and must possess research and writing ability, strong interpersonal skills, exhibit good judgment, and function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment.  

A Special Assistant United States Attorney generally must reside in the district to which he or she is appointed. 

You must be a United States Citizen. 

While holding this position, you may not engage in the compensated practice of law outside the office. Attorneys are not eligible to serve as Special AUSAs 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. 

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, unofficial law school transcripts and any other required supporting documentation to the mail or email address below. Include the vacancy announcement number 16-WDLA-SAUSA-003 on your application package.  All applications must be received at this office no later than 11:59 p.m. (CST), June 14, 2016, in order to be considered.

Please send your resume to:

Attn:  HR Office

Stephanie A. Finley

United States Attorney

300 Fannin Street, Suite 3201

Shreveport LA 71101

or (Please use .pdf format for emailed documents).

No telephone calls please. Position will be open until June 14, 2016.


This appointment is not to exceed one year and is without compensation or benefits. The position may be eligible for extension.

Number of Positions
Occasional travel both within and outside the Western District of Louisiana will be required.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses will not be paid.

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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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

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 disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. 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, 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, 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 their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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Updated June 9, 2016