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Asst. US Attorney- Criminal Division

Job Description


The Assistant United States Attorneys in the Criminal Division pursue prosecutions for violations of federal law that occur within the District. Criminal Division Assistant United States Attorneys advise federal law enforcement agents on criminal investigations, present criminal cases to the grand jury, try criminal cases before the United States District Court, and at times represent the United States in criminal appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.


The attorneys hired for these positions will be assigned to criminal matters involving various areas of federal criminal law.  These positions may be located in either the Seattle or Tacoma Offices.  Applicants should   state their preference of office location in the cover letter. Further, any applicant hired for a position to be located in the Tacoma Office should anticipate spending the first several months in the position working at   the Seattle office for training.  Work in the Tacoma office also requires periodic travel to Seattle as needed for casework and additional training.



The applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least three years post-J.D. experience. Ideal qualifications include at least five years of post-J.D. litigation experience, with some experience in criminal law.


Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability and an ability to synthesize a wide range of data, help direct an investigation and have the ability to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case. Applicants must demonstrate superior oral and writing skills, strong research and interpersonal skills, and good judgment.  Applicants must possess excellent communication and courtroom skills, and exhibit     the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff and client agencies. Applicants must have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment and in the highest ethical manner.


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 also must demonstrate excellent computer literacy skills to include experience with Internet research, electronic court filing, electronic mail and data management, word processing, and video-conferencing systems.


Salary: $70,120 to $170,700.00.



Occasional travel within and outside the District will be required.


Application Process: Interested persons must email the following items in pdf format to the email address listed below:


Brian T. Moran

Unites States Attorney

c/o Tessa M. Gorman

First Assistant United States Attorney

700 Stewart Street, Suite 5220

Seattle, WA 98101



  1. 1.   A cover letter referencing Vacancy Announcement: 20-WDWA-AUSA-04 (Criminal- Seattle/Tacoma)
  2. 2.   A detailed resume that includes the month/year start and end dates for each position held;
  3. 3.   A law school transcript for any applicant with less than five years of experience as an attorney;   and
  4. 4.   A writing sample meeting the criteria set forth below



Writing Sample:


Include a sample of your legal writing, such as a portion or all of an appellate brief,    motion and memorandum of points and authorities, or opinion letter. The writing sample should be a recent example of your work and demonstrate your ability to analyze legal issues and present that analysis in   written form.


The sample should be predominantly your own work. If the document was edited by others, include a cover memo that briefly describes the level of editing that occurred.


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.

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