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/.
Sioux City is located on the Missouri River and is approximately half-way between Minneapolis and Kansas City. Twice named an All-American City by the National Civic League, Sioux City serves as a regional hub for business, employment, industry, retail trade, medical care, educational opportunities and tourism in Northwest Iowa, Southeast South Dakota and Northeast Nebraska. More than 140,000 people live in this tri-state metropolitan area. For more information about Sioux City, visit: http://visitsiouxcity.org/.
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 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 court actions. Individuals selected for this uncompensated Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA) will be assigned to the Criminal Division and will be assigned matters with responsibility for investigating and prosecuting a variety of cases, including those involving firearms, immigration, narcotics trafficking, child exploitation, and/or white collar crime.
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.
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.