Uncompensated Special Assistant United States Attorney

Attorney
1801 4th Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203
United States
15-NDAL-06
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Alabama serves the District by representing the interests of the United States in litigation and community affairs related to law enforcement. The Office prosecutes violations of federal criminal law. It also defends the United States in civil law suits and seeks to recover from instances of fraud committed against the United States and take other affirmative civil enforcement action. The Office works with federal, state, and local law enforcement to protect and serve the district. The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Alabama covers 31 of the state's 67 counties, and has a branch office located in Huntsville, Alabama. Our mission is threefold: (1) to prosecute violations of federal criminal law, (2) to prosecute on behalf of or defend the United States in civil actions, and (3) to collect otherwise administratively uncollectible financial judgments on behalf of the United States. Assistant United States Attorneys in this district are charged with demonstrating exceptional competence, unquestionable integrity, and a commitment to serve the citizens of this district as they accomplish the office's mission.

This position is located in the Birmingham office. Birmingham is an area of rolling hills, beautiful lakes, downtown lofts, evening concerts in the park, nationally ranked restaurants, and an amusement and theme park.

Other information about the United States Attorneys Office for the Northern District of Alabama may be found at: http://www.justice.gov/usao/aln/.

This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/attorneys-vacancies.

Job Description: 

The United States Attorney's Office is seeking resumes for one full time uncompensated Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA) who is willing to accept a temporary position that, while unpaid, offers a valuable opportunity to gain exposure to the office while also obtaining litigation and potentially trial experience. This position requires a minimum commitment of one year and may be extended for up to one additional year. Prior litigation experience is preferred, but the position is open to attorneys who are finishing judicial clerkships. Applicants must possess superior legal research and writing skills. If invited for an interview, applicants must furnish a writing sample that shows depth in analytical thinking and proficiency in legal research. This position is located in the Civil Division and the person selected will be responsible for cases involving enforcement of laws and statutes related to interference of rights of all Americans under such statutes as The Civil Rights Act of 1964, The Fair Housing Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

SAUSAs will not automatically be hired by this office as Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSA). However, they may apply for any future AUSA positions upon the conclusion of their SAUSA appointment.

Qualifications: 

Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least 1 year post-J.D. experience. The person selected for this position must be fully and exclusively invested in the Northern District of Alabama.

Preferred qualifications: Applicants for this position will have a solid academic background, strong legal research and writing skills, and experience with complex case investigations.

United States citizenship is required.

This is a one year appointment without compensation. This appointment may be extended for one additional year.

Salary: 
Uncompensated.
Travel: 
Occasional travel, both within and outside the District, may be required.
Application Process: 

All resumes/applications should be mailed to :

Human Resources
United States Attorneys Office
1801 Fourth Avenue North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203

No telephone calls please.

Resumes must be postmarked by the closing date of this announcement, 05/14/2015. Resumes and cover letters should include the vacancy announcement number shown at the top of this announcement (15-NDAL-06).

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated April 7, 2016

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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 color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit 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.

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 targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  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, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). 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 who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-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.

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, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf 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 his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

 

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