The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Mexico has approximately 165 employees and contractors. The main office is located in Albuquerque. The branch office in Las Cruces is located approximately 225 miles south of Albuquerque, is 50 miles from the Mexican border, and includes approximately 45 of the district employees and contractors. The District also has an unstaffed office in Santa Fe.
The United States Attorney's Office is seeking applications for a full-time uncompensated Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA) who is willing to accept a temporary position that, while unpaid, offers valuable opportunity to gain exposure to the office while also obtaining valuable legal experience. This uncompensated SAUSA will be assigned to the Criminal Division in Albuquerque, NM and will have the opportunity to represent the United States in federal court.
This uncompensated position is temporary, not-to-exceed 12 months. It may be extended without further competition. At the conclusion of the temporary appointment, the uncompensated SAUSA will not be automatically hired by this office as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA). However, the uncompensated SAUSA may apply for any vacant AUSA positions in the office after completing service as a SAUSA.
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.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree; be an active member, in good standing, of the bar (any jurisdiction); and have at least one (1) year of post-J.D. experience.
Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability and the facility to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case and 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 have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding office and courtroom environment.
Applicants will be expected to conduct their own legal research and writing and must be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day to day correspondence and pleadings. Applicants must also possess computer literacy skills to include experience with automated research, electronic court filing, electronic e-mail and word processing systems.
Any interested applicant should submit a cover letter and resume by mail, post marked by March 31, 2015, or submit via electronic mail no later than March 31, 2015.
No telephone calls please. We will contact you if we believe an interview is appropriate or if further information is required.
mail to: USANM.HR@usdoj.gov.
Or you may mail your application materials to the following address:
U.S. Attorneys Office
ATTN: HR Office
201 3rd Street NW, Suite 900
Albuquerque, NM 87102