Assistant United States Attorney

Paducah - Kentucky (KY), 42001

USAO Western District of Kentucky

Job Description:

The United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Kentucky is seeking applications from experienced litigators for an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) vacancy in the Paducah branch office. The attorney selected will be assigned to the Criminal Division, but may from time to time be required to represent the interests of the United States in civil matters and cases. Assistant United States Attorneys assigned to the Criminal Division prosecute federal criminal cases, such as fraud, public corruption, money laundering, immigration offenses, economic crime, narcotics offenses, firearms violations and violent crimes. Responsibilities include grand jury, trial, and appellate practices. The successful applicant will receive extensive Department of Justice training, including trial advocacy courses.

As needed, additional positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.

All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.


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

If not a member of the Kentucky Bar, a successful applicant is encouraged to become a member of the Kentucky Bar within a reasonable period of time.

United States citizenship is required.

Preferred qualifications: Outstanding academic record; three (3) to five (5) years of litigation experience; experience in the preparation and trial of violent crime and narcotics cases; strong legal research and writing ability; strong courtroom advocacy skills; superior organizational skills; and computer literacy skills. Applicants will be expected to do independent legal research and writing and shall be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence and pleadings. Preferred applicants will have excellent communication skills and demonstrated team-building and leadership skills.

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

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.

Assistant United States Attorneys’ pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay is $66,869 to $146,029 which includes 15.67% locality pay.
Travel may be required throughout the Western District of Kentucky to attend court proceedings, interview witnesses, and attend meetings. Travel is also required for training.
Application Process:

To apply for this position, you must create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Applicants must submit a resume and all required documents through Search for Announcement Number 20-KYW-10671679-AUSA or click the link to view:

Complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the announcement. The complete package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EDT) on December 17, 2019, to receive consideration.

Any applicant invited for an interview will be required to submit a writing sample.

Questions concerning this vacancy announcement should be directed to Sandy Focken, Human Resources Officer, at 502-582-5998 or via email at [email protected]

Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.

Application Deadline:
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Relocation Expenses:
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions:
One (1). As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.

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