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USAO Criminal Division Attorney position open in Fairview Heights

The USAO has one Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) position available in the Criminal Division in our Fairview Heights office. The United States Attorney's Office (USAO), Southern District of Illinois (SDIL), is a fast-paced, collegial, and energetic office which seeks to maintain the highest standards of excellence in the enforcement of federal laws and the representation of the United States.  Our headquarters are located in Fairview Heights, Illinois, a suburb of St. Louis, MO.  Our branch offices are located in Benton and East St. Louis, in or near the federal courthouse. The office presently employs 32 attorneys and 34 support staff.

Job Description: 

The USAO has one Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) position available in the Criminal Division in our Fairview Heights office.

Our Criminal Division is divided into three units: Fraud and Corruption, Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement, and Violent Crimes.  Over two-thirds of our criminal case load consists of drug trafficking crimes and crimes of violence, including child exploitation offenses.  Approximately 15% of our criminal cases are white collar crimes, including official corruption and theft.   

Attorneys may be rotated through the various units depending upon the USAO's staffing needs.


Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school, be an active member in good standing of the bar of any jurisdiction, and have at least one year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

Preferred qualifications:  Admission to the Illinois bar is not required but is preferred.  Three years of post-J.D. litigation experience is preferred.  Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability, good judgment, and superior communication and courtroom skills.  Applicants must be team players who exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff and client agencies.  Applicants must have demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment.

Applicants will be expected to do their own legal research and writing and will be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence and pleadings.  Applicants must also demonstrate excellent computer literacy skills to include experience with automated research on the Internet, electronic court filing, and electronic e-mail and word processing systems.

Salary: $51,811.00 to $121,569.00 / Per year plus locality pay where authorized

Travel: Occasional travel for training, as well as travel to the USAO's Benton, IL office and to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals based in Chicago, may be required.

Application Process: Interested applicants are invited to apply online through USAJobs at the following link:  Please follow the instructions as listed on USAJobs. Completed application packages must be submitted by 11:59 EST on 08/15/2016.

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Posted on August 5, 2016 by Morgan Yingst