Assistant US Attorney- US Attorneys Office, Eastern District

Job Description: An appointment with the U.S. Attorney’s Office offers unique and challenging experiences for the highly motivated attorney. Serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) and assigned to the Criminal Division or Appellate Division, you will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty, and property of citizens.

Criminal Division assignments include, but are not limited to, the investigation and prosecution of federal criminal laws involving guns, violence, immigration, terrorism, drug trafficking, crimes against children, government program fraud, health care fraud, other white collar offenses, public corruption, and organized crime.

Appellate Division cases include writing of briefs and arguing appeals before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio, as well as reviewing briefs written by other AUSAs.

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.

Location:  Most opportunities will be at the Detroit, Michigan duty station, with occasional vacancies in the Flint and Bay City branch offices.

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.

Other Benefits: The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:

Salary: Range of starting pay (including locality differential applicable to the USAO, Eastern District of Michigan’s Detroit duty station) is $72,858 to $176,200.
Travel: Occasional travel may be required.
Application Process: Applications for this vacancy will be accepted through June 29, 2022. 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 does not exceed 15 pages. It should be sufficiently complex to highlight your analytical skills. The sample should be primarily your own writing and editing, and it should be as recent as possible.
  4. A completed questionnaire (See attached)

Please send these materials as a single attachment (PDF preferred) 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:

Julie Beck

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 or postmarked by June 29, 2022.

Special note to criminal defense attorneys: Due to actual or perceived conflicts of interest, any criminal defense attorney seeking to apply to the office must obtain written waivers of the actual or perceived conflict of interest from all criminal defendants (whether those individuals have been charged or not) whom the lawyer represents.

For additional information regarding application procedures for AUSA positions, please direct e-mail inquiries to: USAMIE.HIRE@USDOJ.GOV.

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