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  HOME | Job Openings in the Americas

U.S. Department of Justice Seeks Assistant Attorney to Work in Puerto Rico

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
SPECIAL ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY (UNCOMPENSATED)
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
District of Puerto Rico
13-PR-SAUSA-01



About the Office: The United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the District of Puerto Rico has jurisdiction and responsibility in a broad range of areas, all of which involve representing the legal interests of the Federal government in the United States District Courts. The office employs over 100 persons, including Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs), paralegals, legal assistants, and administrative support staff. We are currently seeking experienced attorneys who will be appointed as uncompensated Special Assistant United States Attorneys (SAUSAs) assigned to the Criminal Division, located in San Juan, PR.

The Criminal Division prosecutes a wide range of federal cases involving organized crime, terrorism, complex securities and fraud cases, narcotics, health care fraud, public corruption, and violent crimes. In addition, the work of the Civil Division mirrors the varied activities of the Federal Government and offers perhaps the most challenging and diverse caseload of any law office, public or private, in the country. AUSAs and SAUSAs also represent the United States before the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: SAUSAs have the opportunity to represent the interests of the United States of America in the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and, in performing this important public service, to exercise responsibility that is unparalleled in any other job that a litigator might undertake. SAUSAs immediately undertake numerous cases, many high profile, in any of several units within each division.

Appointment as a SAUSA in the USAO offers a unique and challenging experience for the highly motivated attorney: an opportunity to work on some of the most significant, complex, and visible cases being litigated today. You will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty, and property of citizens.

Qualifications:

Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least three (3) years post-J.D legal experience which includes significant trial experience, preferably in Federal Court. United States citizenship is required.

The ideal candidate will possess superior oral and written communication skills in the English language, as well as strong character and interpersonal skills; have demonstrated the capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment. The USAO seeks highly qualified applicants with extensive litigation experience, strong writing skills, excellent credentials, and a demonstrated commitment to public service. SAUSAs are given training by the U.S. Department of Justice and internally by the USAO Training Program.

Preferred qualifications: Candidates must be able to read, write, and speak English. Ability to read, write, and speak Spanish is highly preferred.

A brief type-written explanation of your reasons for applying for this position is required (2 paragraphs).

Candidates must be computer literate.

ONLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATES WILL BE CONSIDERED.

Travel: SAUSAs will be required to travel throughout the District of Puerto Rico to attend court proceedings, interview witnesses, take depositions and attend meetings. Travel is also required for training at the Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina. Frequent travel to other domestic and foreign destinations is probable.

Type of Position: This position is temporary, not-to-exceed 1 year. It may be extended without further competition.

Salary Information: This is an uncompensated position. Employees of the Department of Justice, including Special Assistant United States Attorneys, may not engage in the compensated practice of law outside the office. Attorneys are not eligible to serve as Special Assistant United States Attorneys if they have had an employment offer deferred by a law firm and received a payment for the period of their deferral with the expectation of future employment with the law firm, or if they will receive any payment from a law firm during their unpaid employment with the Department of Justice. In addition, contractors, including employees of contractors who do business with the Department of Justice, and who also are attorneys, are not eligible to serve as Special Assistant United States Attorneys.

Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Application Process and Deadline Date: Interested applicants must submit a current resume, a legal writing sample, a brief type-written explanation of your reasons for applying for this position is required (2 paragraphs), and, if available, a current performance appraisal with a cover letter to:

U. S. Attorney’s Office
District of Puerto Rico
ATTN: Pura López, HR Officer
Torre Chardón, Suite 1201
350 Chardón Street
San Juan, PR 00918

No telephone calls please. Applications must be received by August 2, 2013.

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.

Internet Sites: This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/attvacancies.html.

Department Policies: Special Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which he or she is appointed or within 25 miles thereof. 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, 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.

There is no formal rating system for applying veterans’ preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, 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. Although the “point” system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

 

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