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Uncompensated Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA)

U.S. Attorney's Office - Eastern District of Michigan
Attorney
211 W. Fort Street, Suite 2001
Detroit, MI 48226
United States
FY2018-MIE-02-SAUSA
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) has jurisdiction and responsibility in a broad range of areas, all of which involve representing the legal interests of the Federal government in a court of law. The Eastern District of Michigan consists of 34 counties in the eastern half of Michigan’s lower peninsula, and employs approximately 115 Assistant U.S. Attorneys. The office has jurisdiction and responsibility in a broad range of areas, all of which involve representing the legal interests of the Federal government in a court of law. The office has a Criminal Division, Civil Division, Appellate Division, and Branch Offices. 

Job Description: 

A Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (SAUSA) appointment with the U.S. Attorney’s Office offers unique and challenging experiences for the highly motivated attorney looking to develop practical legal skills by working on some of the most significant, complex and visible cases being litigated today.  A SAUSA assigned to the Criminal Division, Civil Division, Appellate Division, or Branch Office location will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty, and property of citizens. Criminal Division assignments include, but are not limited to, the investigation and prosecution of federal criminal laws involving guns, violence, immigration, terrorism, drug trafficking, crimes against children, government program fraud, health care fraud, other white collar offenses, public corruption, and organized crime.  Civil Division cases encompass affirmative litigation where the United States is seeking some type of monetary recovery or injunctive relief (e.g., civil rights, judgment enforcement, bankruptcy, asset forfeiture) and defensive cases involving a variety of lawsuits brought against the Federal government.  Appellate Division cases include the writing of briefs and the arguing appeals before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio, as well as reviewing briefs written by other AUSAs. 

 

Type of position: This position is temporary. Appointments are generally made for a period not to exceed one year, subject to renewal.  Individuals selected to the program will be asked to make a minimum one-year commitment to serve in the office.  Work schedules are generally established on a full-time basis.

 

Additional Conditions of Appointment: Employees of the Department of Justice, including uncompensated Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys, may not engage in the compensated practices of law outside of the office.  Individuals are not eligible to serve as a SAUSA 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.

 

Location:  It is anticipated most opportunities under this program will be at the Detroit duty station, with occasional vacancies in the Flint and Bay City branch offices. 

Qualifications: 

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least two years of post-J.D. legal experience.

Salary: 
None – this is an uncompensated position. Individuals appointed as Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys serve without compensation. Employee benefits for this position will be limited.
Travel: 
Occasional travel may be required.
Application Process: 

This is an open continuous announcement to fill current and future vacancies.  Applications for this vacancy will be accepted through September 30, 2018. Applicants are evaluated by the Hiring Committee on the basis of such factors as academic performance, trial experience, research and writing ability, oral communication skills, and other legal and community service and experience.

 

Interested persons should provide the following information:

 

  1. A cover letter, which must include the vacancy number listed above and the date;
  2. A detailed resume;
  3. One writing sample that is 10 pages or less;
  4. A completed questionnaire.

 

Please send these materials via email to USAMIE.HIRE@USDOJ.GOV.  The preferable method of application is by email, all documents in separate PDF form, but if you would prefer to apply through the mail, send the materials to:

 

Saima Mohsin

First Assistant U.S. Attorney

Eastern District of Michigan

211 W. Fort Street, Suite 2001

Detroit, MI  48226

 

Please use only one method of application (email or traditional mail), do not send multiple applications.  Applications must be received and/or postmarked by September 30, 2018.

 

Special note to criminal defense attorneys: due to actual or perceived conflicts of interest, any criminal defense attorney seeking to apply to the office must obtain written waivers of the actual or perceived conflict of interest from all criminal defendants (whether those individuals have been charged or not) whom the lawyer represents.

 

For additional information regarding application procedures for AUSA positions, please direct e-mail inquiries to: USAMIE.HIRE@USDOJ.GOV.

 

Security Requirements: Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment 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.

 

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov.

 

Internet Sites: The home page for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Michigan, may be accessed at:

 

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mie/index.html

 

Announcements for other DOJ attorney vacancies may be viewed at:

                                                                                                                                   

http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/attvacancies.html

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
One or more
Updated June 1, 2018

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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 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, 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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