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US Attorney's Office Seeks Attorney for its Civil Division

The United States Attorney's Office (USAO), Central District of Illinois is seeking an experienced attorney to serve in the Civil Division. The USAO is responsible for representing the federal government in litigation involving the United States in the Central District of Illinois, which includes criminal prosecutions for violations of federal law, civil lawsuits by and against the federal government, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers. The Civil Division handles a variety of cases including affirmative litigation to recover public funds which have been wrongfully obtained by fraud, civil rights enforcement, defensive matters involving government agencies and employees, asset forfeiture, and collections.

This position is located in Springfield, Illinois.

Qualifications: AUSAs in the Civil Division are responsible for representing the United States and its agencies and employees in a wide variety of challenging cases. Primary areas of litigation include False Claims Act cases; civil rights enforcement, including Americans with Disabilities Act cases and investigations; asset forfeiture; defending the government in causes of action brought under the Federal Tort Claims Act and those alleging employment discrimination under Title VII, the ADEA, or the Rehabilitation Act; defending against allegations of unconstitutional conduct; and defending agency decisions in Administrative Procedure Act cases. AUSAs in the Civil Division are active at both the trial and appellate levels. They spend substantial time on legal research and writing, formulating case strategies, in discovery (interviewing witnesses, taking and defending depositions, working with expert witnesses, propounding and responding to written discovery requests), engaging in motions practice, attending mediations and settlement conferences, representing the government's interests at hearings and trials, and drafting and arguing appeals. AUSAs must be able to work well both independently and as a member of a team and should demonstrate strong organizational and negotiation skills and the ability to analyze complex legal and factual issues and to write clearly and persuasively.

Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 3 year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience. Must become a member of the Illinois bar within 18 months of appointment if not already licensed.

United States citizenship is required.

The deadline to apply for this position is 11:59 PM (EST) on May 18. For application instructions and additional details, read the full job posting on the Department of Justice website.

Posted on May 4, 2018 by Sara Anderson