The United States Attorney's Office is the principal federal litigator in the Eastern District of Wisconsin and is responsible for coordinating federal investigations within the district. The district is divided into two divisions with the main office in Milwaukee and a smaller office in Green Bay. The district is located in the Seventh Circuit.
The United States Attorney has the responsibility and authority to prosecute violations of federal criminal statutes, defend the government in civil actions, seek enforcement of a variety of civil enforcement statutes, and institute proceedings for the collection of fines and penalties, among other things. There are approximately 38 Assistant United States Attorneys. The office is divided into a criminal section and a civil section. Law student volunteer interns work with attorneys in both sections of the office.
Law student volunteer interns will work with a number of different AUSAs in both the criminal and civil division over the course of the summer. The experience is largely research and writing oriented, with interns producing memoranda, briefs and various legal pleadings, and related documents. Interns may also have an opportunity to assist AUSAs with trial and hearing preparation, which may include interviewing witnesses, assembling exhibits, and in the case of trials, drafting trial briefs and jury instructions. Student interns who qualify to practice under the student practice rule may also have the opportunity to appear on the record under the supervision of an AUSA. All interns are encouraged to observe proceedings in the magistrate and district courts and we make an effort to provide an opportunity for interns to observe a day of appellate arguments at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.
Students who have completed their first or second year of law school. Law school graduates are not eligible for volunteer intern positions. Students should have strong legal research and legal writing skills. Must be a U.S. citizen and will be subject to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the office. No student will be allowed to begin work until the office receives notice of the security clearance.
Students should be available to work full time for 10 weeks, with some flexibility in start and end dates.
Application deadline is March 1, 2015 for the 2015 summer program (June-August).
Applications should include a cover letter that includes dates of availability and daytime and evening telephone numbers, a resume, a copy of the most recent law school transcript, one legal writing sample and two letters of reference.
The application should be sent to AUSA Carol L. Kraft or AUSA Matthew D. Krueger at the above address. The application materials, including the reference letters, may, in the alternative, be e-mailed to the following: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org