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.
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.
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.
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:
- A cover letter, which must include the vacancy number listed above and the date;
- A detailed resume;
- One writing sample that is 10 pages or less;
- 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:
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:
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