About the Office:
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California is one of the largest in the country. This office prosecutes federal crimes and defends the interests of the United States Government in civil cases. The Southern District of California encompasses San Diego and Imperial Counties and includes a branch office located in El Centro, California.
The U.S. Attorney's Office is currently interviewing for a limited number of one-year term Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA) positions for the Criminal Division in the San Diego office. The one-year term may be extended in some circumstances. Selected candidates will be assigned to the Reactive Crimes Trial Section, which manages a large volume of reactive cases in U.S. Magistrate and/or U.S. District Court. The casework includes a significant number of drug smuggling and immigration cases, along with a variety of other federal offenses such as alien smuggling, violent crimes, document fraud, and bank robbery. The Applicant may be assigned to the Intake Unit, and/or Fast-Track Sentencing Unit. The Intake Unit is responsible for handling new complaints, initial appearances, detention hearings, removal hearings, and magistrate calendars for all reactive cases in U.S. Magistrate Court. The Fast Track Sentencing Unit is responsible for filing and sentencing documents and appearing in U.S. District Court to handle the sentencing hearings in reactive cases. Opportunities to write Ninth Circuit appeals and work with others on investigations and trials may also exist.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree and must have a full year of post graduate attorney experience. Exceptional lawyers who are members of any state bar will be considered. Proof of an active state bar membership is required. Candidates must possess outstanding academic credentials
Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability and the facility to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case. Applicants must demonstrate superior oral and writing skills, strong research and interpersonal skills, and good judgment. Applicants must possess excellent communication and courtroom skills and exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff, and client agencies. Applicants must also demonstrate excellent computer literacy skills, to include experience with automated research on the Internet, electronic court filing, and electronic e-mail and word processing systems.
All SAUSAs are given training by the U.S. Department of Justice and by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Appointment is subject to an FBI background investigation, including credit, arrest, reference and drug use inquiries. U.S. citizenship is required.
Occasional travel, both within and outside the District, may be required, depending on the needs of particular cases.
The Special Assistant United States Attorney position is an uncompensated position.
San Diego, California and El Centro, California. The Southern District of California is home to the largest concentration of Navy and Marine Corps installations in the world. The entire southern boundary of the District borders the Republic of Mexico. Contained within the District are international ports of entry at San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, Tecate, Calexico (two ports, East and West) and Andrade. The entire western boundary of the District lies on the Pacific Ocean, with a major port in San Diego.
Relocation expenses are not paid.
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Special Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which they are appointed. See 28 U.S.C. § 545 for district-specific information.
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, or on the basis of personal favoritism, or any 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. 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.
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. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys’ Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. Citizens are 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.
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.
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