The United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California (USAO) is responsible for representing the federal government in virtually all litigation involving the United States in the Central District of California. This includes criminal prosecutions for violations of federal law, civil lawsuits by and against the government, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers. With an authorized strength of approximately 280 Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs), the USAO is the second largest in the country. The USAO is divided into four litigating Divisions (Criminal, National Security, Civil, and Tax). The USAO's main offices are in Los Angeles. The USAO's Criminal Division has branch offices in Santa Ana and Riverside.
The U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of California is currently interviewing for a limited number of one-year term Uncompensated Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (SAUSA) positions within the Criminal Division in Los Angeles, CA. A SAUSA appointment with the U.S. Attorney's Office offers unique and challenging experiences for the highly motivated attorney. The SAUSA will be primarily responsible for prosecuting misdemeanor and infraction offenses which occur on federal property within the Central District of California such as federal buildings, national parks, military installations, post offices, Veteran Affairs medical centers, national wildlife refuges, and national forests. For example, the SAUSA may be responsible for a trial on a DUI offense that occurred on federal property. The SAUSA will travel to various courthouse within the district for trials, including in Santa Barbara and Riverside counties.
Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least one year post-J.D. experience. Applicants with less than one year of experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis. If not already an active member of the California bar, any applicant hired will be required to take (prior to their entry on duty date) and subsequently pass the California bar exam. SAUSAs must become active members of the California bar and maintain California bar membership.
Appointment is subject to an FBI background investigation, including credit, arrest, and drug use inquiries.
United States Citizenship is required.
Attorneys seeking a position as an uncompensated SAUSA should complete TWO documents:
(1) The application in native .pdf form (click here to reach application): APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT AS AN UNCOMPENSATED SPECIAL ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA; and
(2) A second .pdf containing, in the following order, a cover letter to the attention of First Assistant United States Attorney Tracy Wilkison, resume, law school transcript, and brief writing sample which demonstrates an ability to write persuasively.
The two PDFs should be e-mailed to USACAC.SAUSAHiring@usdoj.gov. Please be sure to indicate that you are applying for the Uncompensated SAUSA position and include all jurisdictions in which admitted to practice law.
NOTE: The application must be submitted in a particular way in order to be uploaded successfully into our system. Specifically, it must remain in native .pdf format with the form fields intact to upload. If it cannot be uploaded, we will ask you to submit again. To submit the application correctly:
- Use a full version of Adobe Acrobat to fill out the application. Do not use simply the Viewer software.
- After you open the application, first download or “save as” the blank application to your computer/ desktop. Then, open it fresh into Adobe. You can then enter the data and save the application as a .pdf
- You do not need to manually or digitally sign the application; your name will fill in
- Do not save any attachments to the application .pdf
- Do not print to .pdf, or print, sign and scan the document to .pdf
This position is open until filled, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis until December 31, 2020. No telephone calls please.
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.