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Opportunities for Attorneys in U.S. Department of Justice

Posted on: 20 Nov 2018 529 views
: Attorneys
: Washington, DC, United States
: Law

About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Washington has a competent, friendly, talented staff and an outstanding relationship with its client-agencies.  The main office is located in Spokane, a branch office is located in Yakima, and an unstaffed trial and preparation office is in Richland.  The District employs approximately 55 personnel, including five Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) and five support staff assigned to the Yakima branch office.

The branch office is located in the city of Yakima in central Washington.  The Eastern District of Washington is comprised of 20 counties and is bordered by Canada to the north, Oregon to the south, Idaho to the east and the summit of the Cascade Mountains to the west.  This area is rich in rolling farmland, forested mountains and arid desert.  Because this area celebrates four distinct seasons; recreational opportunities are numerous and include, bicycling, hiking, snow skiing, water sports, fishing and hunting.  More information on Yakima and its educational opportunities, medical facilities, arts, sports, etc., can be viewed on the internet at (link is external).

The office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified men and women from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.

Job Description: 

The office currently has an Assistant United States Attorney position available in the Criminal Division, Yakima branch office.  The attorney selected will be part of a dedicated team assisting in the enforcement and prosecution of federal criminal laws.  The primary assignments for these attorneys will include the investigation and prosecution of a wide-range of criminal matters involving firearms, drug trafficking, gangs, immigration, counterfeiting, child exploitation, explosives, violent crimes, and white collar/economic crimes.

This is a full-time permanent position.  However, 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 from an accredited law school, be duly licensed and authorized to practice law as an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have a minimum of 4 years of post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.  United States citizenship is required.

Preferred qualifications:  Applicants must possess excellent research and writing skills, superior oral communication skills and demonstrated capacity to function with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment.  Ideal applicants will possess significant trial or other relevant experience involving violent crimes.  Applicants must exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with the attorney team leaders, attorneys, staff and client agencies.


AUSAs' pay is administratively determined on the number years of professional attorney experience. The basic range of pay is $57,012 to $138,790 plus locality pay. The current locality pay for Yakima is 15.37%.


The attorney selected for this position in the Yakima branch office will travel frequently to Richland and occasionally to Spokane. There will be occasional travel outside the District.

Application Process: 

No later than December 14, 2018, interested applicants must email: (a.) a signed cover letter referencing Vacancy Announcement: 18-WAE-YAK-3; (b.) a detailed resume; (c.) a writing sample edited solely by applicant (at least 7 pages in length, containing substantive legal analysis); and (d.) a current performance evaluation rating, if any, and three professional references all in pdf format to:

[email protected]


United States Attorney's Office

Attn: Lauri Garcia, HR Specialist

920 West Riverside Avenue, Suite 340

Spokane, Washington 99201-1494

No telephone calls please.

Application Deadline: 

Friday, December 14, 2018

Relocation Expenses: 

Relocation expenses are not authorized.


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