Employment Opportunities within the Profession

 
  • 05/25/2016 - CJA Coordinating Attorney, District of Colorado - Denver, CO

The Office of the Federal Public Defender, Districts of Colorado and Wyoming, is hiring a Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Coordinating Attorney to serve the District of Colorado Criminal Justice Act Panel. This office operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C.§ 3006A, to provide zealous and professional legal representation to persons unable to afford counsel, who are charged with criminal offenses in the United States District Courts in Colorado and Wyoming, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 05/23/2016 - Attorney - Juvenile Lifer Project - Philadelphia, PA - DEADLINE: May 31, 2016 

The Defender Association of Philadelphia has an immediate opening for four attorneys to handle the resentencings for juvenile lifers. The Defender Association‘s Juvenile Lifer Project has been funded by the City of Philadelphia as part of a three year special project to resolve the Philadelphia Juvenile Lifer cases. The Juvenile Lifer Project will represent 225 of approximately 300 juvenile lifers currently serving unconstitutional sentences, and will be responsible for assuring private counsel are trained and appointed to represent the remaining cases. For more information about the position, click here.

  • 05/18/2016 - Assistant Federal Public Defender, Federal Public Defender of South and North Dakota - Fargo, ND 

The Federal Public Defender for the Districts of South Dakota and North Dakota is accepting applications for an Assistant Federal Public Defender position in the Fargo, North Dakota office. The Defender’s Office provides legal representation to indigent people charged with federal crimes. This is a full time attorney position dedicated exclusively to criminal defense work in federal district court and the U.S. Court of Appeals. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 05/12/2016 - Assistant Federal Public Defender, Federal Defender of West Michigan - Grand Rapids, MI - DEADLINE: May 31, 2016 

The Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Michigan is accepting applications for an Assistant Federal Public Defender. The Federal Public Defender operates under the authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006(A), and provides criminal defense services to people charged with federal crimes who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. For more information about the position, click here.

  • 05/12/2016 - Research and Writing Attorney, Federal Defender of West Michigan - Grand Rapids, MI - DEADLINE: May 31, 2016 

The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Michigan is accepting applications for the position of Research and Writing Attorney for the Grand Rapids office. The Federal Public Defender provides legal representation and criminal defense services to individuals charged with federal crimes who are financially unable to retain counsel. The Research and Writing Attorney will provide advanced research and writing services to the staff attorneys on trial and appellate cases in the Grand Rapids and Marquette office. For more information about the position, click here.

  • 05/11/2016 - Chief Public Defender, Ada County Public Defender's Office - Boise, ID 

The Ada County, Idaho Board of County Commissioners is looking for an experienced legal professional to be the next Chief Public Defender.

The Chief Public Defender is responsible for planning, implementing, coordinating, directing, and evaluating activities and programs of the Public Defender’s Office. The Chief Public Defender also serves as the special staff advisor to the Board of Ada County Commissioners on matters relating to public legal defense and representation. For more information about this position, click here.  

  • 04/21/2016 - Deputy Program Director, The International Legal Foundation - New York, NY 

The International Legal Foundation (ILF), an international nongovernmental organization based in New York, NY, was created in 2001 for the purpose of setting up public defender systems in post-conflict countries (www.TheILF.org). With projects in the West Bank, Nepal, Afghanistan and Tunisia, the ILF has over 100 employees worldwide.

The ILF seeks a lawyer with substantial criminal defense experience (preferably as a public defender) and a strong commitment to the mission and values of the ILF to fill the new position of deputy program director. The deputy program director will assist the program director in developing proactive and effective defense lawyers in the countries in which the ILF works, and building more effective indigent defense systems. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter and a team player with strong legal skills, willing and able to travel to and spend several months on assignments in less than comfortable locations, and fluent in French or Arabic. For more information about this position, click here. 

  • 04/21/2016 - Advocacy Director, The International Legal Foundation - New York, NY 

The ILF is committed to continuing its long-track record of demonstrating the critical importance of the right to counsel in criminal cases at the international, regional and country level. In the ILF’s work to expand its global advocacy for this essential component of a fair and effective justice system, the ILF seeks a dynamic and skilled Advocacy Director.

Working closely with the Executive Director, the Advocacy Director will lead the ILF’s efforts to build strategic relationships with governments, United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations, global philanthropy and other key partners to increase awareness, action, and resources devoted to the right to counsel for the indigent accused. The Advocacy Director will also play a key role in developing and implementing the ILF’s internal and external communication strategy at the international and country level, and also work closely with the ILF’s program team to develop and implement strategies to establish effective and sustainable public defender programs in post-conflict countries around the world. For more information about this position, click here. 

  • 04/12/2016 - Clinical Professor, Innocence Project - The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law 

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law seeks applications for a clinical professor who will be the primary instructor for the UMKC/University of Missouri Innocence Clinic and related courses. The Clinic works in conjunction with the Midwest Innocence Project (MIP), which is housed on the Country Club Plaza near the School. For more information about the position, click here. 

  • 04/05/2016 - Chief Administrator, Montana Office of the Public Defender - DEADLINE: April 29, 2016  

The Montana Office of the Public Defender is seeking a Chief Administrator. We’re looking for an experienced manager with a passion for state service and the ability to lead a complex organization. We’re seeking a candidate with strong leadership, change management, and analytical skills who has experience managing a large, complex, statewide organization. 

The Chief Administrator manages administrative, legislative, and financial functions, oversees workforce and operations planning, and develops and implements public relations strategies in support of the agency’s mission to ensure equal access to justice for Montana’s indigent. The Office of the Public Defender is directed by Public Defender Commission and consists of four offices: The Chief Administrator Office with Central Services, State Public Defender Office, Appellate Defender Office, and Conflict Office.  The Chief Administrator manages the Central Services program. The Chief Administrator is appointed by the Public Defender Commission, serving at the pleasure of the Commission. 

For more information and application instructions, click here. 

  • 04/01/2016 - Executive Director - Federal Defender (ED-FD), Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin, Inc. - Milwaukee, Madison, or Green Bay, WI - DEADLINE: May 13, 2016  

Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin, Inc., ("FDSW") is accepting applications for the position of ED-FD. FDSW is a Community Defender Organization organized under 18 U.S.C. § 3006A(g)(2)(B), providing defense services to indigent criminal defendants in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin. For more information about the position, click here. 

  • 03/09/2016 - Bilingual Staff Attorney (Clinical Instructor), The Wisconsin Innocence Project - Madison, WI - DEADLINE: March 15, 2016  

The Frank J. Remington Center, a University of Wisconsin Law School clinical program, has an opening for a clinical instructor. The position envisions a candidate who is interested in working as a clinical instructor/staff attorney in the Remington Center's Wisconsin Innocence Project (WIP). In this position, the attorney will work with other clinical faculty and law students on a project to proactively identify cases of Hispanic defendants in Wisconsin that are suitable for postconviction DNA testing that could establish the guilt or innocence of the convicted individuals, and will litigate on behalf of those inmates selected as appropriate for the testing in these cases. Admission to practice law or eligibility to become licensed in Wisconsin is required. For more information about the position, click here. 

  • 03/09/2016 - Bilingual Intake Specialist, The Wisconsin Innocence Project - Madison, WI - DEADLINE: March 15, 2016  

The Wisconsin Innocence Project (WIP), a University of Wisconsin Law School clinical program, has an opening for a Project Administrator and Case Intake Specialist. This position entails managing and coordinating the screening of requests for assistance and the database records of client requests for assistance, managing project files and records, managing the administration of grant funds, and reporting of progress to granting authorities. Fluency in Spanish and/or extensive experience with limited English proficiency populations required. For more information about the position, click here.  

  • 03/09/2016 - Managing Attorney, The Pennsylvania Innocence Project - Pittsburgh, PA 

The Managing Attorney will be responsible for teaching the clinical program for Duquesne and University of Pittsburgh law students and supervise volunteer lawyers and law students in evaluating cases. In addition the Managing Attorney will be responsible for all case development and litigation (at the trial court and appellate level) primarily in the western part of Pennsylvania. For more information about the position, click here. 

  • 03/09/2016 - Staff Attorney, Juvenile Law Center - Philadelphia, PA - DEADLINE: April 15, 2016 

Juvenile Law Center seeks a dedicated, creative, and experienced lawyer to join our legal staff. The attorney should have a minimum of five years of experience in juvenile justice, child welfare, criminal justice, civil rights, or a closely related field. For more information about the position, click here. 

  • 03/08/2016 - Federal Public Defender, US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit - East St. Louis, IL - DEADLINE: COB on April 1, 2016 

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is accepting applications from all qualified applicants for the position of Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Illinois headquartered at East St. Louis. The appointment is for four years at a current salary of $160,300. The Federal Public Defender provides federal criminal defense services to individuals unable to afford counsel. The courts are an equal opportunity employer. For more information about the position, click here. 

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