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U.S. Attorney’s Office Seeks Assistant U.S. Attorney (Appellate)

The U.S. Attorney's Office Central District of Illinois is accepting applications for an assistant United States attorney opening in its Appellate Division.

The applicant selected will be responsible for researching and drafting briefs and motions for filing in the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, handling post-conviction Habeas Corpus (28 U.S.C § 2241) matters in district courts, reviewing and editing briefs and motions for colleagues, participating in moot courts to prepare for oral argument, and providing research support for AUSAs in the Criminal and Civil Divisions. Briefs will involve a wide variety of constitutional, statutory, and other claims arising under substantive and procedural federal criminal and civil law and primarily respond to defense claims of error in convictions and/or sentences, while at times, the government will file an appeal challenging district court decisions or orders.

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

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree and be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction). U.S. citizenship is required.

Preferred qualifications include at least three years post-J.D. experience, which includes significant legal writing and oral advocacy experience that demonstrates strong writing skills, legal practice in federal court (or a federal court clerkship), and/or practice in criminal matters or civil matters. Demonstrated ability and willingness to be self-reliant and motivated in order to: review and distill voluminous records involving complex fact patterns; understand and articulate complex legal doctrines; routinely prepare high-quality and persuasive briefs on strict time deadlines; make persuasive oral arguments; and to assist other attorneys in all divisions. Possess advanced computer literacy skills, including experience with automated legal research, electronic court filing, and electronic email and word processing systems.

The salary range for the position is $68,773 to $167,423. The application deadline is May 22, 2020.

For additional details, view the job posting on the U.S. Department of Justice website.

Posted on May 7, 2020 by Rhys Saunders

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