U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Kentucky: Assistant U.S. Attorney (Lexington, KY)

Assistant United States Attorney
Civil Division
Lexington, Kentucky
Announcement No. 12-EDKY-07 (AUSA)

About the Office:
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky is a very progressive District comprised of 43 attorneys located within our three staffed offices.   Our main office is located in Lexington, Kentucky, with smaller staffed branch offices located in Ft. Mitchell and London, Kentucky.  Our office works with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners to ensure the safety of all people within the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered:
The United States Attorney=s Office is seeking applications for an  Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) to join the office’s Civil Division, participating in defensive litigation.   The selected candidate will be fully dedicated to defensive civil litigation and will handle primarily Federal Tort Claims Act litigation (premises liability, vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, etc.).   The case load may also include employment litigation (Title VII, ADEA, Rehabilitation Act, ADA, etc.); statutory and constitutional challenges to government programs and regulations; Administrative Procedure Act challenges to agency decisions; constitutional challenges to federal statutes; Bivens civil rights suits against federal officers and employees; and challenges to land management decisions under a variety of federal land management statutes.  Employment with the United States Attorney=s Office offers a unique and challenging experience for the highly motivated attorney to work on some of the most significant, complex and visible cases being litigated today.


Required qualifications:
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least 1 year post-J.D. experience.  If not a member of the Kentucky Bar, one must become a member of the Kentucky Bar within a reasonable period of time.

Preferred qualifications:
Successful candidates should have a strong academic background and the demonstrated ability to produce high quality written work, work effectively with a team, and analyze complex documents.  Successful candidates should possess strong oral skills, character and interpersonal skills, and have demonstrated the capacity to function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment.  Successful candidates must also possess the knowledge and ability to use computers and computer applications in performing day-to-day work requirements, including the knowledge and ability to effectively use automated litigation support to acquire, organize, analyze and present evidence, create databases and manage documents.

Occasional travel will be required to attend court proceedings and meetings throughout the Eastern District of Kentucky.   Travel is also required for training at the Department of Justice or the National Advocacy Center (Columbia, South Carolina).   Travel to other domestic destinations is possible.

Salary Information:
Assistant United States Attorneys’ pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number years of professional attorney experience.  The range of basic pay is $44,581 to $117,994 plus locality pay where authorized.

Lexington, Kentucky.

Relocation Expenses:
Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Application Process and Deadline Date:
Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter.   All resumes/applications must be received by May 25, 2012.  Please reference the vacancy announcement number listed at the top of this announcement (12-EDKY-07 (AUSA)) on your resume and provide an e-mail address, if available.  Resumes may be transmitted using mail, email, or facsimile.

Mail or deliver your application to:

Kerry B. Harvey, United States Attorney
260 W. Vine Street, Suite 300
Lexington, KY   40507-1612
Attn: Louanne Davis, Human Resources Officer

OR email your application to usakye.staffing@usdoj.gov

No telephone calls please.

Internet Sites:
Eastern District of Kentucky – http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/kye/.

This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/attvacancies.html

Department Policies:
Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which he or she is appointed.  See 28 U.S.C. ‘ 545 for district-specific information.

All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a time-limited (temporary) basis.  Temporary appointments may, or may not, be extended or made permanent without further competition.

The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any non merit factor. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys= Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. Citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department’s mission and would be subject to strict security requirements.  Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

There is no formal rating system for applying veterans= preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans= preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring.  Applicants eligible for veterans= preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions.  Although the Apoint@ system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s).  Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of non service-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

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