Employment Opportunities within the Profession

  •  9/01/2015 - Attorney Advisor - Washington, DC, DEADLINE: September 15, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST 

The Office of the Pardon Attorney (OPA), United States Department of Justice, is seeking an Attorney Advisor to work in Washington, DC. The Office of the Pardon Attorney, in consultation with the Attorney General or her designee, assists the President in the exercise of executive clemency as authorized under Article II, Section 2, of the United States Constitution. OPA receives petitions for executive clemency, initiates the necessary investigations, and prepares the recommendations to the Deputy Attorney General and the President in connection with the consideration of all forms of executive clemency, including commutation (reduction) of sentence, pardon, remission of fine and reprieve. The Attorney Advisor will focus heavily on the clemency initiative. Knowledge of and experience with federal criminal law (from either the prosecution or defense perspective, or both), sentencing policy and guidelines, re-entry, and related issues are all helpful for this position. For more information, click here.

  •  9/01/2015 - Assistant Federal Defender - Asheville, NC 

Federal Defenders of Western North Carolina, Inc. (“FDWNC”), a community defender organization, is accepting applications for an Assistant Federal Defender position in the Asheville Office. FDWNC is a nonprofit corporation, funded by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. The organization is not an agency of the federal government; staff members are not federal employees. FDWNC represents indigent criminal defendants in the federal courts in Charlotte, Statesville, and Asheville. For more information about the position, click here.

  •  9/01/2015 - Assistant Federal Defender - Charlotte, NC 

Federal Defenders of Western North Carolina, Inc. (“FDWNC”), a community defender organization, is accepting applications for an Assistant Federal Defender position in the Charlotte Office. FDWNC is a nonprofit corporation, funded by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. The organization is not an agency of the federal government; staff members are not federal employees. FDWNC represents indigent criminal defendants in the federal courts in Charlotte, Statesville, and Asheville. For more information about the position, click here.

  • 8/24/2015 - Attorney Position - Capital Cases - Jacksonville, FL, DEADLINE: September 30, 2015 at 5:00 PM EST 

The Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel has openings for two attorneys handling capital cases in its Jacksonville Office.  Applicants for these positions must be members in good standing of The Florida Bar and have a minimum of ten (10) years of criminal trial law experience, including significant experience handling homicide and death penalty cases.  Additionally, applicants must meet the requirements to be lead counsel in death penalty cases as set forth in Fla.R.Crim.P. 3.112.   Salary is commensurate with experience, but capped at $104,000.   Each position is a full time, attorney position with attendant state benefits including health insurance and retirement benefits, among others.  Applicants for this position must submit a cover letter, a resume, contact information for a minimum of three references, a list of all homicide cases tried (name, case number, county & state, name of co-counsel, if any, as well as the name of opposing counsel) and a completed State of Florida application to: 

Jeffrey E. Lewis, Regional Conflict Counsel, jeffrey.lewis@rc1.myflorida.com and to Carla Georgieff at carla.georgieff@rc1.myflorida.com

The deadline for applying is September 30, 2015 at 5:00 PM EDT. Interviews for successful applicants will be scheduled the following week.

  • 8/3/2015 - United States Federal Public Defender - Western District of Michigan at Grand Rapids, DEADLINE: September 2, 2015.  

Federal Public Defender: Appointment for four-year term. For notice of vacancy, click here. Full public notice with application and qualification standards are also available at www.ca6.uscourts.gov. For further information contact Clarence Maddox, Circuit Executive, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, phone (513) 564-7200. 

  • 7/13/2015 - Federal Public Defender - Northern District of Ohio at Cleveland, Extended DEADLINE: August 10, 2015. 

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is soliciting applications from persons interested in appointment as Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Ohio at Cleveland. The authorized staff includes the Federal Public Defender, 14 assistant defenders, and investigative and administrative support positions. The term of appointment is four years. The salary of the position of federal public defender is equal to the salary of the U.S. Attorney for the district served, currently $158,700. For more information, click here!

  • 7/02/2015 - Civil Litigation/Criminal/Domestic Practice Secretary - Rockville, MD 

Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll P.C., a large Rockville, Maryland law firm, has an immediate opening for a full time, legal secretary/legal assistant with at least 4 years’ experience in a law firm handling civil litigation, criminal and domestic practice areas. Qualified applicants should enjoy daily client contact and multi-tasking. Position requires calendar tracking, transcription experience, ability to type 70 wpm accurately, experience with filings in Maryland courts and knowledge and experience with various computer software. Qualified applicants send salary requirements and resumes to recruiting@steinsperling.com.

  • 6/30/2015 - Capital Defense Chief Counsel, Office of the Ohio Public Defender - Columbus, OH, Open until filled. 

The Office of the Ohio Public Defender is looking to hire a new Chief Counsel for their Death Penalty Division. The DP Division represents capital clients on direct appeals, post-conviction proceedings, re-sentencings, federal appeals, and clemency applications. For more information, click here! You can also apply through the State of Ohio's online hiring system.

  •  6/16/2015 - Deputy Public Defender I, Monterey County Public Defender Office - Salinas, CA, DEADLINE: June 19, 2015.   

Monterey County is recruiting lawyers to prepare and defend criminal cases for indigent juveniles and adults. Excellent benefits package! $4,981-$6,799/monthly based upon experience. For more information, click here!

  •  6/16/2015 - Deputy Public Defender II, III, and IV, Monterey County Public Defenders Office  - Salinas, CA, DEADLINE: July 17, 2015.   

Monterey County is recruiting lawyers to prepare and defend criminal cases for indigent juveniles and adults. Excellent benefits package! $5,982-$12,599/monthly based upon experience. For further information click here!

  • 6/8/2015 - United States Federal Public Defender, Northern District of Ohio at Cleveland 

Federal Public Defender: Appointment for four-year term. Full public notice with application and qualification standards are available at www.ca6.uscourts.gov. For further information contact Clarence Maddox, Circuit Executive, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, phone (513) 564-7200. Applications must be received by July 7, 2015. For more information, click here.

  • 5/26/2015 - Trial Attorney (Assistant Federal Defender) - Spokane, Washington 

Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho is now accepting applications for a Trial Attorney position in Spokane, Washington (previously Yakima). For more information, click here

  • 5/8/2015 - Assistant Federal Defender - Honolulu, Hawaii 

The Federal Public Defender for the District of Hawaii is accepting applications for an Assistant Federal Defender position.  For more information, click here

  • 5/8/2015 - Investigator - Honolulu, Hawaii     

The Federal Public Defender for the District of Hawaii is accepting applications for an Investigator.  For more information, click here.

  • 5/7/2015 - Deputy Public Defender - Rapid City, SD     

Our office currently has an open position of Deputy Public Defender in the Pennington County Public Defender’s Office located in Rapid City, SD.  For more information, click here.

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