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If you are looking for an exciting and challenging position, this may be the opportunity for you!  With a diverse and talented workforce of over 100,000 men and women, Justice leads the Nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. You will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty and the property of citizens.

The United States Attorney's Office is a great place to work.  The Department of Justice ranked #8 out of 19 large Federal cabinet agencies and the Executive Office of the United States Attorney’s Office/United States Attorney’s Offices ranked #54 out of 292 agency subcomponents in a study, "The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, 2012 Rankings" published by the Partnership for Public Service.  See

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of South Carolina is seeking applications from attorneys who are interested in an unpaid position as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Appellate Division in Columbia, SC.

About the District: The attorney selected for this position will join approximately 50 attorneys in representing the interests of the United States Attorney's Office for the District of South Carolina, located in Columbia, Greenville, Florence, or Charleston, South Carolina. The State of South Carolina offers a wonderful climate and a wide variety of cultural, educational, recreational, and social activities. More information about the office may be accessed at:

This posting is for an uncompensated Special Assistant United States Attorney position.  Note: Employees of the Department of Justice, including uncompensated Special Attorneys, may not engage in the compensated practice of law outside the office. Attorneys are not eligible to serve as Special Attorneys if they have had an employment offer deferred by a law firm and received a payment for the period of their deferral with the expectation of future employment with the law firm, or if they will receive any payment from a law firm during their unpaid employment with the Department of Justice. In addition, contractors, including employees of contractors who do business with the Department of Justice, and who also are attorneys, are not eligible to serve as uncompensated Special Attorneys.

This is a one year appointment WITHOUT benefit entitlements.

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

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Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered:  The selected applicant will serve as an uncompensated Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA) assigned to the Appellate Division.  Attorneys in the Appellate Division handle all aspects of appeals from criminal cases prosecuted in the District, writing appellate briefs and presenting oral arguments on a variety of complex and novel issues involving the constitution, statutory construction, evidentiary disputes, and procedural matters. Appellate AUSAs also review draft briefs of their fellow AUSAs and participate in moot courts. In addition to defending criminal convictions from appellate challenge, Appellate AUSAs bring affirmative appeals to the Fourth Circuit from adverse district court decisions.

Aside from their work in the Fourth Circuit, Appellate AUSAs keep abreast of changes and developments in the law, providing valuable guidance to the U.S. Attorney and fellow AUSAs on significant legal issues. Additionally, the Appellate Division responds to post-conviction matters, such as motions to vacate, set aside, or correct criminal judgments and sentences. Finally, Appellate AUSAs consult with the Solicitor General's Office and the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice regarding potential government appeals, petitions for rehearing en banc, and U.S. Supreme Court litigation stemming from criminal cases in the District.

The uncompensated SAUSAs’ primary roles will be (1) drafting appellate briefs; and (2) drafting responses to post-conviction matters, such as motions to vacate, set aside, or correct criminal judgments and sentences. The SAUSA may also assist at evidentiary hearings in post-conviction matters.

Travel Required:  Occasional travel both within and outside the District may be required.