This office prosecutes federal crimes and defends the interests of the United States Government in civil cases. The Southern District of California encompasses San Diego and Imperial Counties and includes a branch office located in El Centro, California.
The Southern District of California is home to the largest concentration of Navy and Marine Corps installations in the world. The entire southern boundary of the District borders the Republic of Mexico. Contained within the District are international ports of entry at San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, Tecate, Calexico (two ports, East and West) and Andrade. The entire western boundary of the District lies on the Pacific Ocean, with a major port in San Diego.
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The U.S. Attorneys Office is currently interviewing for a limited number of one-year term Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (SAUSA) positions in the Criminal Division for its San Diego office. The one-year term may be extended in some circumstances. Selected candidates will be assigned to the Reactive Crimes Trial Section, which manages a large volume of reactive cases in U.S. Magistrate and/or U.S. District Court. The casework includes a significant number of drug smuggling and immigration cases, along with a variety of other federal offenses such as alien smuggling, violent crimes, document fraud, and bank robbery. The applicant may be assigned to the Intake Unit, Grand Jury Unit, and/or Fast-Track Sentencing Unit. The Intake Unit is responsible for handling complaints, initial appearances, detention hearings, removal hearings, and magistrate calendars for all reactive cases in U.S. Magistrate Court. The Grand Jury Unit is responsible for negotiating pre-indictment dispositions of reactive cases and presenting those that do not resolve to the Grand Jury for indictment. The Fast Track Sentencing Unit is responsible for the filing of sentencing documents and appearing in U.S. District Court to handle the sentencing hearings in reactive cases.
This position is located in San Diego, California. As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.
Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment 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.
Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree and must currently be an active member of a state bar in order to be considered. Proof of an active state bar membership is required. Although one full year of prior post graduated legal experience is preferred, the positions are open to highly qualified lawyers who have recently graduated from law school or who currently are in the process of completing a judicial clerkship.
United States citizenship is required.
You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing of this announcement.
Preferred Qualifications: Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability and the facility to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case. Applicants must demonstrate superior oral and writing skills, as well as strong research and interpersonal skills and good judgment. Applicants must possess excellent communication and courtroom skills and exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff, and client agencies. Applicants must also demonstrate excellent computer literacy skills, to include experience with automated research on the Internet, electronic court filing, and electronic e-mail and word processing systems.
SAUSAs may be given training by the U.S. Department of Justice and by the U.S, Attorney's Office. Appointment is subject to FBI background investigation, including credit, arrest, reference and drug inquiries.
You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.
Application Process: Applications must be submitted online through the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/398248400
You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
· Required - Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire (online or 1203-FX).
· Required - Your cover letter and resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (include day/month/year).
· Required, if applicable - Veterans' Preference documentation (see Benefits and Other Information section for details).
· Required: You will have to upload the Legal Writing Sample and the Uncompensated Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA) Application Form found at http://www.justice.gov/usao/cas/employ/ausaPositions.html under the Application Form section in Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Word) and attached these documents as “Other”.
The point of contact for this vacancy announcement is Nitza Williamson, who can be reached at 619-546-9273 or Nitza.firstname.lastname@example.org
We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process have been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation, to include a credit and tax checks, and a drug test by urinalysis.