The Office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa prosecutes federal criminal offenses and defends the interests of the United States in civil cases. The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa covers 52 of the state's 99 counties. The headquarters office is located in the eastern Iowa community of Cedar Rapids, with a branch office located in Sioux City on the western border of Iowa.
More information on the U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/usao/ian/.
Cedar Rapids is Iowa's second largest city with a metro population of around 120,000. The city is located in the east central part of the state and is centrally located from major Midwest cities including Minneapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Kansas City. Cedar Rapids has placed among the top 20 Forbes Magazine “Best Places” and has been named a “kid-friendly” city based on such factors as school quality. Cedar Rapids boasts an ideal blend of commerce, culture, leisure and education opportunities. Great jobs, safe neighborhoods, theaters, museums, schools, symphonies, shopping, sports and recreation abound in the Cedar Rapids area. For more information on Cedar Rapids visit: http://www.cedar-rapids.com/.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa is seeking attorney applicants who are willing to accept an unpaid temporary position that offers a valuable opportunity to gain exposure to the office while also obtaining litigation experience. An appointment with the U.S. Attorney's Office offers unique and challenging experiences for the highly motivated attorney. The responsibilities of the SAUSA will include: researching legal issues; drafting legal memoranda, pleadings, and briefs; drafting and responding to discovery requests; case document review and organization; and appearing in various federal in various federal district, bankruptcy, and state court actions. Individuals selected for this uncompensated Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA) will be assigned to the Civil Division and will have the opportunity to perform an important public service in representing the interests of the United States of America in civil actions brought by or against the United States in both federal and state courts of law to include foreclosure and monetary penalty hearings.
This is a temporary uncompensated Special Assistant U.S. Attorney position not-to-exceed 1 year. This position may be extended beyond 1 year without further competition if needed. More than one position may be filled under this announcement.
The SAUSA will not be automatically hired by this office as an Assistant U.S. Attorney if a position becomes available, but the SAUSA may apply for any AUSA position in this office, or any office within the Department of Justice.
Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree and be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction). Applicants will be expected to do their own legal research and writing and shall be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence and pleadings.
Preferred qualifications: Applicants should have at least one year post-J.D. experience and must possess superior oral and written communication skills as well as strong interpersonal skills, exhibit good judgment, and function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment. Prior litigation experience is preferred but the position is open to lawyers who are finishing one-year judicial clerkships. Recent law school graduates who have passed the bar should include a copy of their law school transcript with their application.
United States citizenship is required.
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.
Interested persons should direct cover letters and resumes to:
Human Resources Specialist
United States Attorney's Office
111 7th Ave SE, Box 1
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
No phone calls please. Hand-carried applications must be received by 5:00 pm Central Time on Friday, April 24, 2015; mailed applications must be postmarked by Friday, April 24, 2015. Applications may also be emailed to USAIAN.HR@usdoj.gov. Persons applying by email are responsible for ensuring that email and any attachments are received no later than 11:59 pm Central Time on Friday, April 24, 2015. (Note: The Northern District of Iowa cannot be responsible for lost/misrouted/delayed email transmissions.)
As multiple vacancies (different locations and specialties) are open simultaneously, interested persons must submit a separate application for each position which clearly indicates (in either a cover letter or email message) to which announcement he/she is applying.