The mission of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States. The Southern District of Ohio has offices located in Columbus, Cincinnati, and Dayton, OH. We serve over 5 million citizens in the southern 48 counties of the state. In all matters, we endeavor to represent the people of the Unites States in a manner that will instill confidence in the fairness of the judicial system, and to conduct our work with the highest degree of integrity.
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's Office for the Southern District of Ohio is seeking an exceptional, experienced attorney to join our team as an uncompensated Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA). The SAUSA will enhance the office's capacity to investigate and prosecute a variety of federal crimes.
Applicants will be expected to do their own legal research and writing and will be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence and pleadings. Applicants must also demonstrate excellent computer literacy skills to include experience with e-discovery and e-litigation platforms, electronic court filing, and e-mail and word processing systems.
This position is temporary, and uncompensated, with appointments not to exceed 5 years. This position may be extended without further competition.
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.
As needed, additional vacancies may be filled using this announcement. This announcement is open continuous and applications will be pulled periodically to fill any open vacancies.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction). United States citizenship is required. You must be registered for selective service, if applicable.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications posted in the vacancy announcement. Once your application package is received, it will be reviewed to ensure you meet all requirements and qualifications. You will be notified if selected for an interview. If a tentative job offer is extended and accepted, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation for the selected candidate(s). The background investigation process includes, among other things, the review and approval of your completed security form, fingerprinting, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to favorable adjudication of the background investigation.
Applications for this position will be accepted via email to Rebecca.Walton@usdoj.gov. The subject line should read: Application for Uncompensated SAUSA (Lastname, Firstname). Complete application packages include:
1. Your statement verifying U.S. citizenship.
2. Your Resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (month/year), date J.D. was awarded (month/year), and date of bar admission (month/year).
3. Proof of active bar membership under the laws of a State, Territory, or the District of Columbia. Acceptable documentation include a copy of a bar certifiation card, certificate of good standing, or screenshot of the appropriate bar or disciplinary board website showing active status and dates.
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.