Open & closing dates: 04/01/2019 to 03/31/2020
Salary: $83,892 to $170,700 per year
The Appellate section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California primarily litigates appeals from decisions in the district court in criminal cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. We are seeking an attorney who is motivated by the mission of doing justice and by the prospect of sophisticated legal advocacy to join our team.
Day-to-day responsibilities include writing motions and briefs to be filed in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing appeals before the Court, assisting and editing colleagues in their appellate work, providing analysis and guidance on legal questions arising in the district court, participating in complex district court litigation, and training.
Several permanent AUSA positions will be filled. In addition, positions of a limited term, not to exceed 2 years, are available and will be filled. TERM-limited positions may be extended and may be converted to permanent positions without further competition. On your cover letter, please indicate the type of appointment(s) you would like to be considered for (permanent, term-limited or both).
There are offices in San Francisco; Oakland; and San Jose, California. Therefore, please state your location preference on your cover letter (SF, Oak, SJ).
This announcement opens April 1, 2019 and closes on March 31, 2020. Applicants who previously applied online for the Assistant U.S. Attorney (Criminal) position under announcement number 19-NDCA-10338451-ES that closed on November 19, 2018 should not reapply. Your resume will be fully considered under this announcement. If you did not submit your resume online under the previous announcement, you should apply for this posting.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will hear from the office within 90 days of submitting an application.
Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as an attorney's training and experience progress.
Conditions of Employment
Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment 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. As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.
Security Requirements: Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment 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.
Residency Requirements: Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which they are appointed or within 25 miles thereof. See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district-specific information.
The Residency Requirement ensure an adequate background investigation can be completed. It applies to all DOJ applicants, both U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens, whose job location is within the U.S. In addition, for a total of three years (not necessarily consecutive years) of the five years immediately prior to applying for a position, the applicant must have: 1) resided in the U.S.; 2) worked for the U.S. overseas in a Federal or military capacity; or, 3) been a dependent of a Federal or military employee serving overseas.
Examples of exceptions are:
- Applicant's spouse worked for the U.S. overseas in a Federal or military capacity; or
- Applicant's employment was in the Peace Corps; or
- Applicant has a background investigation that was completed within the last 5-years
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.
Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least three (3) years of experience as a licensed attorney (or post-law school graduation judicial clerkships) preparing for, participating in, and/or reviewing formal hearings or trials involving litigation at the federal, state, or local court level.
Applicants must be licensed to practice law in any state, U.S. Territory or the District of Columbia. Applicants must be active members in good standing of the bar (any jurisdiction).
If you currently represent an opposing party in litigation with the U.S. Department of Justice, please refer to Rule 3-310 of the California Rules of Professional Conduct: If you currently represent an opposing party in litigation with the U.S. Department of Justice or represent a client under investigation by the U.S., please refer to Rule 1-7 of the California Rules of Professional Conduct and / or the relevant conflict of interest Rules of Professional Conduct in the jurisdiction in which you are licensed to practice. The U.S. Attorney's Office considers California Rule 1-7 to be implicated when an attorney licensed in California applies for a position with the U.S. Attorney's office while also representing a client in litigation opposing the U.S. or knowingly under investigation by the U.S.
United States citizenship is required.
Hiring preferences include strong academics, outstanding organizational skills, superior legal writing and research ability, demonstrated analytical ability, good judgment and courtroom skills, and a commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility and public service.
The ideal candidate has briefed and argued appeals. The ideal candidate also has excellent judgment and outstanding legal-analysis, writing, editing, oral-advocacy, and interpersonal skills. Appellate attorneys should have experience or be willing to gain experience prosecuting crimes in the district court.
You must meet all qualification requirements upon the submission date of your application.
Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree
You must complete an Application Package which includes:
- Your responses to the Online Occupational Questionnaire (Completed automatically during the apply online process).
- Your resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (include day/month/year).
- Cover letter. Please state the type of appointment you are interested in (Permanent, Term, or both). Also indicate your location preference (SF, Oak, SJ).
- Writing Sample along with a letter certifying that the writing sample reflects your work only.
- if applicable - A recent copy of an SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), showing title, series, grade, and current salary; and a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.
- if applicable - You must indicate your veteran's preference in response to the appropriate question in your assessment questionnaire and you must submit the appropriate supporting documentation. See the "How you will be Evaluated" section for details regarding what is appropriate Veterans' Preference documentation. It is also recommended that you include veterans' preference information in your cover letter or resume.
The Point of Contact for this vacancy announcement is Northern District of California who can be reached at (415) 436-7276 or [email protected]
Department of Justice Policies
Equal Employment Opportunity: 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, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other 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.
Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities: The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements. Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority. Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to [email protected] (link sends e-mail) and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line. Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com (link is external). Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department's Disability Points of Contact (DPOC). See list of DPOCs.
Suitability and Citizenship: 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. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee's Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is 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. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement.
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