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ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY: District of South Dakota Pierre, SD – Criminal Division

ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY: District of South Dakota Pierre, SD – Criminal Division


Pierre, SD – Criminal Division

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Dakota is seeking an experienced attorney to fill one Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) position in the Criminal Division of its Pierre office.  AUSAs in the Criminal Division advise federal law enforcement agents on criminal investigations, present criminal cases to the grand jury, prepare and argue a broad range of motions, and try criminal cases before the United States District Court.  Candidates should be capable of handling a variety of significant and complex criminal prosecutions, including Major Crimes Act violations involving murder, child sex abuse, rape; white collar and economic crime; narcotics and immigration.  The majority of the cases prosecuted in this position will involve violent crime in Indian Country.  While work will certainly vary; the applicant should expect to primarily prosecute violent crimes in Indian Country. 

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More information about the U.S. Attorney’s Office, South Dakota can be found at:

Required qualifications:  Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) and have at least one year of post-JD legal or other relevant experience. Be a U.S. citizen or National.  In addition, applicant must also be a member, or be eligible to become a member, of the federal district court bar.  If the successful candidate is not a member of the South Dakota Bar, he or she must become a member of the South Dakota Bar within twelve months.

Preferred Qualifications:  Applicants must demonstrate superior analytical ability; strong research, writing and courtroom skills; exercise fair and sound judgment; follow all Department of Justice and United States Attorney’s Office policies; exhibit the ability to work collaboratively in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff, and law enforcement agencies; superior analytical and communications skills; handle matters in court persuasively and justly on behalf of the United States of America; and be devoted to excellence.


Assistant United States Attorneys pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional experience.  The range of starting pay including a 16.50% locality payment is $69,107 to $180,756.

Provide cover letter, resume, writing sample (not to exceed 20 pages), and list of three professional references with contact information. All documents should be submitted electronically in one continuous .pdf attachment and include the announcement number (23-SD-CRIM-003) in the subject line of your email. Email address for application package:

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. CST, Friday, June 2, 2023

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Doctoral

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