The Program is seeking experienced attorney applicants for the position of Assistant United States Trustee to lead and manage the field offices that oversees bankruptcy cases. There are several vacancies available in different locations. Please visit the DOJ Legal Careers Page for specifics.
As the Assistant United States Trustee, the typical duties include the following:
Manage and oversee the administration of the field office, including all bankruptcy cases filed in the judicial district served by the office;
Advise and partner with the Executive Office and the United States Trustee on policy questions, legal issues of national importance arising in cases, and other significant matters to enhance the Program’s mission locally, and help develop and implement policies and strategies designed to faithfully execute a uniform application of bankruptcy law;
Supervise and manage a staff of trial attorneys, auditors, paralegals, and support staff, including assigning and monitoring work at the office and regional level in accordance with principles of shared staffing and functional consolidation;
Oversee and assist in difficult, complex, or precedent-setting bankruptcy cases and in developing and implementing civil enforcement and litigation strategies to address fraud and abuse identified in bankruptcy cases;
Carry a caseload of civil enforcement, chapter 11, and trustee oversight matters;
Participate or provide oversight in all appellate matters before the Bankruptcy Court Appellate Panel (if applicable), the United States District Court, and the United States Courts of Appeal;
Appoint and supervise all private trustees who administer bankruptcy cases filed under chapter 7, 13, and 12 of the Bankruptcy Code;
Provide outreach to other interested constituents and those involved in the bankruptcy systems such as the bankruptcy court, the bar, other federal and state agencies, including public speaking and conducting training, as appropriate;
Work with the Program’s federal and state law enforcement partners to report criminal activity identified through bankruptcy case oversight; and,
Work on other national projects and priorities as assigned.
Required Qualifications: Applicants must demonstrate excellent academic and professional credentials, superior oral and written communication skills, good judgment, and the ability to function with minimal guidance in a demanding legal environment. Further, an applicant must have a J.D. degree from an accredited law school; be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) in good standing; and, have at least five years post-J.D. professional legal or other relevant experience advocating on behalf of clients, interpreting, or 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.
Applicants must be an active member of a state bar in good standing. Please note, in select few jurisdictions, federal attorneys are required to be active members of the jurisdiction’s state bar.
Preferred Qualifications: In addition to the required qualifications listed above, the ideal candidate will have:
Three or more years’ experience in management and personnel supervision;
A minimum of five years of chapter 11 experience;
A demonstrated record of analyzing complex legal problems, interpreting statutory provisions, developing litigation strategies, and superior trial practice skills;
Have outstanding organizational skills and the ability to address a broad array of issues arising in a large volume of cases;
The ability to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a wide variety of cases and projects;
The ability to set, manage, and balance diverse, evolving, and challenging projects and priorities;
Demonstrated initiative and creativity;
Strong information technology skills, including using data bases and IT systems to manage work;
Outstanding presentation and public speaking skills;
Experience working with, or for, federal agencies; and,
A commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this vacancy announcement. If selected for this position, you will be required to provide official proof of J.D. Degree and Bar Membership (including certification of good standing) before a firm job offer is extended.
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.