Closing Date: 26th July, 2024

Description:

Summary:
The United States Attorney's Office, District of Vermont, is located in Burlington, Vermont. The office has approximately 25 Assistant United States Attorneys and 26 support staff, which support both the criminal and civil divisions. Our office has a competent, friendly and talented staff, an outstanding relationship with the courts, and enjoys excellent professional working relationships with the agencies.

Duties:
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Vermont is seeking one highly qualified candidate to serve as an AUSA in the Civil Division. Civil Division AUSAs are responsible for representing the federal government and its agencies and employees in civil litigation in the District. This position offers a unique and challenging experience for a highly motivated attorney who is interested in working to advance civil rights in Vermont.

The AUSA will work in a variety of affirmative civil enforcement practice areas that may include housing and fair lending, ADA enforcement, educational equity, voting rights, service members' rights, pattern and practice policing investigations, and employment discrimination. This position will also involve coordination with the District's Criminal Division in criminal civil rights cases involving human trafficking, hate crimes, and color of law prosecutions. In addition, the AUSA will work closely with the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, forge relationships with local civil rights organizations, and participate in numerous community outreach events throughout the district.

While this position will be dedicated to advancing civil rights, the AUSA also will handle other litigation assignments based on the needs of the U.S. Attorney's Office, including defensive cases. Our affirmative and defensive practices are incredibly diverse, including torts, health care fraud, bankruptcy, environmental matters, employment discrimination, immigration matters, commercial litigation (including collections), and challenges to federal agency actions, among others.

Civil Division AUSAs handle their matters with high levels of independence at both the trial and appellate levels, conducting interviews, leading site visits, taking depositions, preparing and answering interrogatories and other discovery requests, negotiating settlements, engaging in motion practice, trying cases, and writing and arguing appeals. Responsibilities are assigned commensurate with experience and will increase in complexity as the AUSA progresses.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.

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 he or she is appointed or within 25 miles thereof. See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district-specific information.

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.

Requirements:
Conditions of Employment:
  • You must be a United States Citizen or National.
  • Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. Continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.
  • J.D. degree and active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) required.
  • Must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof. See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

Qualifications:
Required Qualifications:
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) and have at least 3 years post-J.D. or other relevant experience.

United States citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications:
Applicants must also have litigation experience, excellent writing skills, superior oral communication skills, and a demonstrated capacity to function in a highly demanding environment with minimal guidance.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.

Education:
Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree