Assistant US Attorney- Eastern District, Appellate Division

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Job Description: 

Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The United States Attorney’s Office is currently accepting applications for one or more Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) in the Appellate Division. An appointment with the United States Attorney’s Office offers unique and challenging experiences. Appellate AUSAs are responsible for drafting appellate briefs and conducting oral arguments in both criminal and civil cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In addition to handling their own appeals, Appellate AUSAs review other attorneys’ draft appellate briefs, participate on moot courts, and recommend whether the Solicitor General should authorize further review of adverse decisions by direct appeal, a petition for rehearing en banc, or a petition for certiorari. Appellate AUSAs also advise the office on significant changes to the law and assist the office on legal issues that arise during investigations and cases in the district court.      

Type of Position: All initial attorney appointments in the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis. Temporary appointments may, or may not, be made permanent without further competition.

Required Qualifications:  Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least two years of post-J.D. experience. United States citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications: Hiring for AUSA positions within the USAO is highly competitive. The USAO seeks a diverse complement of lawyers with a wide range of exceptional skills and experience, unified by keen intelligence and sincere commitment to public interest. Litigation experience, superior academic record, excellent writing skills, impeccable character, demonstrated interest in public service, courtroom presence, and the ability to work with and relate to a wide variety of people are all taken into account. Most attorneys hired have several years of experience, although highly qualified recent graduates with some experience in practice or as a judicial clerk are also considered.

Salary: AUSA pay is based on the number of years of professional attorney experience.The range of starting pay (including locality differential applicable to the USAO, Eastern District of Michigan’s Detroit duty station) is $68,230 to $166,400.

Application Process: Applications for this vacancy will be accepted through June 9, 2019. Applicants are evaluated by the Hiring Committee on the basis of such factors as academic performance, trial experience, research and writing ability, oral communication skills, and other legal and community service and experience.

Interested persons should provide the following information:

  1. A cover letter, which must include the vacancy number listed above and the date;
  2. A detailed resume;
  3. One writing sample that is 10 pages or less;
  4. A completed questionnaire (see attached).

Please send these materials as a single attachment via email to USAMIE.HIRE@USDOJ.GOV. The preferred method for applying is by email, but you may apply through the mail by sending the materials to:

Saima Mohsin

First Assistant U.S. Attorney

Eastern District of Michigan

211 W. Fort Street, Suite 2001

Detroit, MI 48226

Please use only one method of application (email or traditional mail), and do not send multiple applications. Applications must be received and/or postmarked by June 9, 2019.