The U.S. Trustee Program (USTP) is seeking experienced attorneys to fill two Assistant United States Trustee positions--one in Austin, TX and one in Houston, TX. Both offices are in Region 7 of the USTP. The Austin field office covers the Austin and Waco Divisions of the Western District of Texas, and the Houston field office covers the Houston, Galveston, Laredo, and Victoria Divisions of the Southern District of Texas.
The Assistant United States Trustee leads the activities of the field office. Among the key duties are:
Overseeing the administration of bankruptcy cases filed under chapters 7, 11, 12, and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code;
Directing the office’s civil enforcement activities to address violations of the Bankruptcy Code and Rules, including directing difficult, complex, or precedent setting cases;
Developing an effective criminal referral program and partnering with law enforcement to support the investigation and prosecution of bankruptcy and bankruptcy-related crimes in the district;
Supervising litigation in chapter 11 cases to ensure compliance with the Bankruptcy Code and Rules, including as they relate to professional employment, conflicts of interest, professional and executive compensation, and financial accountability;
Overseeing and evaluating the activities of private trustees who handle the day-to-day administration of bankruptcy cases;
Managing a staff of trial attorneys, auditors, paralegals, and support staff, including supervising work at the office and regional level in accordance with principles of shared staffing and functional consolidation;
Creating a culture that values human resources and the contributions necessary to maintaining a mission-driven focus;
Advising and partnering with the United States Trustee and headquarters on policy questions, legal issues of national importance arising in cases, and other significant matters and implementing policies and strategies designed to faithfully execute a uniform application of bankruptcy law; and
Fostering productive relationships with the private trustees, bankruptcy judges, bankruptcy clerks’ offices, and bankruptcy professionals within the district.
Applicants must hold a J.D. degree from an accredited law school; be an active member in good standing of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction); and have a least five (5) years of post-J.D. legal experience advocating on behalf of clients and interpreting and applying provisions of the United States Bankruptcy Code, the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, and related laws, rules, and regulations that arise in bankruptcy cases. In addition, the most desirable candidates will possess:
Three or more years of management experience;
Excellent academic and professional credentials;
Superior oral and written communication skills;
Experience analyzing complex legal problems and developing litigation strategies;
Sound judgment and the ability to address and accurately articulate issues arising in a large volume of cases with minimal guidance;
Outstanding organizational skills;
The ability to set, manage, and balance diverse, evolving, and challenging projects and priorities;
Strong information technology skills, including using databases and IT systems to manage work;
Experience working with, or for, federal agencies; and,
A commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards.
If selected for this position, official proof of a J.D. degree and bar membership (including certification of good standing) is required.
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The deadline for applications is Friday, October 9, 2020.
Additional Salary Information: Experience will determine the salary. As a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, USTP employees have access to a top-notch benefits package, including health, dental, vision, and life insurance; a generous leave program; a comprehensive retirement plan; and flexible spending accounts.
About U.S. Trustee Program, U.S. Department of Justice
The United States Trustee Program (USTP) is a litigating component of the Department of Justice whose mission is to promote the integrity and efficiency of the bankruptcy system for the benefit of all stakeholders—debtors, creditors, and the public. In legislative history, the USTP is called the “watchdog” of the bankruptcy system. The USTP carries out administrative, regulatory, and enforcement responsibilities covering about 1.5 million ongoing bankruptcy cases annually. Among other things, the USTP: appoints and oversees about 1,200 private trustees who administer cases, liquidate assets, and distribute an average of nearly $10 billion annually to creditors; prescribes financial reporting for trustees, consumer debtors, and corporations seeking reorganization; and approves approximately 200 credit counselors and debtor education providers to offer pre-filing and pre-discharge services to individuals. Annually, the USTP takes more than 30,000 formal and informal civil enforcement actions against debtors, creditors, professionals, and other parties with a potential monetary impact of about $1 billion. Additionally, it makes more than 2,000 criminal referrals to its law enfor...cement partners and may assist in prosecutions. The USTP consists of an Executive Office, 21 regions, and 90 field office locations. Staff appear in about 275 bankruptcy courts and preside over statutory meetings of creditors held in every bankruptcy case in about 400 locations. The USTP employs about 1,000 staff, including attorneys, financial analysts, and other professional and support personnel.