Assistant United States Attorney (Civil)

Department Of Justice Rochester, NY
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

The United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York encompasses 17 counties: Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans,Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, Yates, Steuben, Schuyler and Chemung. With Offices in Buffalo and Rochester, the United States Attorney, the principal Federal Law Enforcement Officer in the District, prosecutes all violations of Federal Criminal Law and represents every Federal agency in civil cases and matters.

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Employment with the U.S. Attorney's Office offers a unique and challenging experience for the highly motivated attorney. The Civil Division defends the interests of the United States in civil litigation, pursues affirmative civil enforcement in a variety of fraud matters, and collects debts owed to the United States.

United States Attorneys in the Civil Division are responsible for representing the Federal Government and its agencies and employees in civil litigation. They commence civil cases on behalf of the United States in such areas as asset forfeiture, civil rights, health care and government programs fraud, financial litigation, and bankruptcy. Assistant United States Attorneys defend civil actions brought against the Federal Government in areas such as tort, employment discrimination, immigration, and constitutional torts. They are active at both the trial and appellate levels, taking depositions, preparing and answering discovery demands, negotiating settlements, engaging in motion practice, trying cases, and writing and arguing appeals.

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

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel to the Buffalo, NY Office; and Columbia, SC for training.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0905 Attorney

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Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* You must be a United States Citizen or National.

* Background Investigation, credit and tax checks, and drug test required.

* You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.

* J.D. degree and active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) required.

* 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.


Required Qualifications:The District seeks attorneys who have outstanding legal ability, high moral character, mature judgment, and demonstrated excellence in civil litigation. Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 2 years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

United States citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have (1) legal practice experience related to civil litigation; (2) quick analytical ability and the facility to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues involved with a case; (3) superior oral and writing skills, as well as strong research and interpersonal skills; (4) ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with the court, other attorneys, support staff and client agencies; (5) capacity to function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment; and (6) excellent computer literacy skills to include experience with automated research, electronic court filing, electronic e-mail and word processing systems.

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


Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree

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