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  • 07/11/2018 - District Defender, Law Offices of the Public Defender, State of New Mexico - Albuquerque, NM  

The District Defender is responsible for the overall management of an office, including administration, personnel, supervision, training, caseload management, ethics, and all areas necessary to secure the best possible representation for our clients. District Defenders carry a reduced caseload as set forth by the Chief Public Defender, as the nature of the position requires a substantial portion of time overseeing and managing the operations of the District Office. The District Defender reviews, tracks and assigns cases to subordinate attorneys. Applicants must be licensed by the New Mexico Supreme Court or eligible for a limited license, with eight (8) years of experience as a practicing attorney, of which two (2) years must be in a management role. For more information about this position, click here (PDF) or here.

  • 07/10/2018 - County Public Defender, Broome County - Binghamton, NY  

Seeking applicants for the full-time position of Broome County Public Defender to run an eleven Attorney office in Binghamton, NY, which provides representation to indigent criminal defendants at trial and appellate levels. Applicants must have both trial and administrative experience, and be admitted to practice law in the State of New York. Starting base salary: $100,269 plus benefits. Appointment to an initial term of 5 years subject to reappointment by the County Executive. Upon acceptance of the position a Broome County residence will be required. Submit resumes to tbehan@co.broome.ny.us or Broome County Department of Personnel Attn: Thomas H. Behan, Personnel Officer, P.O. Box 1766 Binghamton, NY 13902 by 8/15/18. AA/EOE. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 07/04/2018 - Attorney Director, State Counsel for Offenders, Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Huntsville, TX  

The State Counsel for Offenders is seek an Attorney, Director in Huntsville, Texas. Responsibilities include directing and planning legal activities; overseeing the preparation of legal documents; overseeing hearings; interpreting laws and regulations; rendering legal advice and counsel; and planning, assigning and supervising the work of others. Applicants must have nine years' experience in civil and criminal law, and 5 years' supervisory experience. For more information about this position, click here (PDF) and here.

  • 07/02/2018 - Assistant Federal Public Defender, Federal Public Defender, Southern District of Ohio - Columbus, OH  

The Federal Public Defender, Southern District of Ohio, is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Federal Public Defender to be stationed in the Columbus, OH office. The Assistant Federal Defender provides zealous, professional legal representation to clients charged with federal criminals offenses. Responsibilities include managing an extensive caseload with cases at varying stages of litigation; preparing pleadings, briefs and motions; developing litigation strategies; meeting with clients, experts, witnesses and family members; appearing on behalf of clients in court; and other duties as assigned. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 06/25/2018 - Evaluator & Training Coordinator, Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel - Denver, CO area 

The Office of the Alternative Defense Counsel of the State of Colorado seeks a Evaluator & Training Coordinator, who will be responsible for development, coordination and facilitation of training; evaluating attorney and investigator contractors prior to contract renewal; providing support to the contractors in their practices. The Evaluator & Training Coordinator must have at least 5 years' experience practicing criminal defense, and preferrably all facets, as well as training, teaching and supervisory experience. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 06/25/2018 - Municipal Court Coordinator, Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel - Denver, CO area 

The Office of the Alternative Defense Counsel of the State of Colorado seeks a Municipal Court Coordinator, who will be responsible for developing, administering, coordinating and enhancing the effective involvement of qualified municipality court representation across the state of Colorado for indigent persons charged with municipal code violations. The Municipal Court Coordinator must have extensive experience in criminal law, emphasized on public defense. Duties include designing and coordinating the municipal independent defense program, researching and analyzing relevant criminal law, and evaluating municipal defense counsel for indigent defendants. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 06/15/2018 - Assistant Federal Public Defender, Federal Defender of Alaska  - Anchorage, AK  

The Federal Defender of Alaska seeks trial attorney to fill Assistant Federal Public Defender position, with preference given for federal trial experience. Position will open approximately September 3, 2018. The Assistant Federal Defender (AFD) provides every aspect of legal representation to individuals unable to retain an attorney, but charged with federal criminal offenses in the District of Alaska, the Ninth Circuit, and Supreme Court. Duties include trials and court hearings, direct appeals to the circuit court, habeas, post-conviction and witness representation, and representation in other matters such as supervised release hearings and probation and parole hearings. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 06/11/2018 - Assistant Federal Public Defender - Capital Habeas Unit (CHU), Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Pennsylvania - Pittsburgh, PA  

The Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Pennsylvania is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Federal Public Defender in its Capital Habeas Unit (CHU). The CHU represents death-sentenced prisoners in federal habeas corpus proceedings in the United States District Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. This is a full-time position located in Pittsburgh. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 06/05/2018 - Assistant Federal Public Defender, Federal Public Defender for the District of New Mexico - Las Cruces, NM  

The Federal Public Defender for the District of New Mexico is seeking two full time, experienced trial attorneys for the branch office in Las Cruces. More than one vacancy may be filled from this announcement. Federal salary and benefits apply. Applicant must have one year minimum criminal law trial experience, be team-oriented, exhibit strong writing skills as well as a commitment to criminal defense for all individuals, including those who may be facing the death penalty. Spanish fluency preferred. Writing ability, federal court, and immigration law experience will be given preference. Membership in the New Mexico Bar is required within the first year of employment. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 06/05/2018 - Legal Assistant, Federal Public Defender for the District of New Mexico - Las Cruces, NM  

The Federal Public Defender office for the District of New Mexico is accepting applications for a Legal Assistant position to be stationed in the branch office in Las Cruces, NM. Federal salary and benefits apply. Minimum qualifications are high school graduate or equivalent and at least three years legal secretary experience, federal criminal experience preferred. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 06/05/2018 - Legal Interpreter Spanish – English, Federal Public Defender for the District of New Mexico - Las Cruces, NM  

The Federal Public Defender for the District of New Mexico is accepting applications for the position of Spanish-English Legal Interpreter for the Las Cruces office. The Federal Public Defender operates under the authority of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA), 18 U.S.C. §3006A, to provide defense services for indigent persons in federal criminal cases and related matters in the federal courts. The Spanish Interpreter provides oral and written interpretation and translation services (to and from English) between members of a defender organization defense team and its client(s). State Court Certification required; Federal Court Certification preferred. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 06/01/2018 - Assistant Federal Defender Capital Habeas Unit, Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Ohio - Columbus, OH 

The Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Ohio is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Federal Defender for the Capital Habeas Unit to be stationed in the Columbus office. The Federal Public Defender, a branch of the U.S. Courts operates under the authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 USC 3006A, to provide defense services to indigent persons in federal criminal cases and related matters in the federal courts. The Capital Habeas Unit represents state death sentenced individuals in federal habeas and state clemency proceedings. The Assistant Federal Defender is an attorney position which provides representation to clients in federal habeas proceedings who have been sentenced to death in the state courts of Ohio. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 05/31/2018 - Executive Director, Still She Rises - Tulsa, OK 

Still She Rises is the first public defender office in the country dedicated exclusively to the representation of mothers in the criminal justice system. Women are the fastest-growing prison population in the U.S. and Oklahoma incarcerates a higher percentage of its women than any other state. A particularly egregious history of racial violence makes North Tulsa the most under-resourced and marginalized section of the city, exacerbating the social inequities that drive low-income women and women of color into the criminal justice system. Still She Rises goes to the ground zero of this crisis, bringing the model of holistic defense pioneered by The Bronx Defenders to the women of North Tulsa. Each client we represent has access to an interdisciplinary team of attorneys, social workers, legal advocates, and investigators committed to fighting by her side. Still She Rises was conceptualized as a new model for representing women in the American justice system. The Executive Director will be charged with building this model and leading the organization into its next stage of rapid expansion. The ED will be a local and national leader in public defense and criminal justice. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 05/31/2018 - Supervising Attorney, Office of Public Advocacy - Juneau, AK  

The Office of Public Advocacy is seeking an experienced attorney to be the supervising attorney for its Juneau Criminal Section. This section represents indigent criminal defendants charged with all levels of misdemeanors and felonies from arraignment through trial. It also represents minors in juvenile delinquency proceedings and parents in Child in Need of Aid matters. The successful candidate should expect to appear frequently in both district and superior courts throughout Southeast Alaska. Salary to be determined by training and experience, but starts at approximately $96,000 per year plus State benefits. This position is available immediately and will remain open until filled with a suitable candidate. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 05/29/2018 - Assistant Federal Public Defender, Federal Public Defender for the Districts of South Dakota and North Dakota - Bismarck, ND 

The Federal Public Defender for the Districts of South Dakota and North Dakota is accepting applications for an ASSISTANT FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER in the Bismarck, North Dakota office. The Defender’s Office provides legal representation to indigent people charged with federal crimes, largely violent crimes from Indian Country with a heavy trial calendar. This is a full time attorney position dedicated exclusively to criminal defense work in federal district court and the U. S. Court of Appeals. Some travel is be required. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 05/24/2018 - Experienced Capital Habeas Attorney, Georgia Appellate Practice and Educational Resource Center (Georgia Resource Center) - Atlanta, GA 

The Georgia Resource Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit law office established in 1988 to provide free, high quality representation to indigent death-sentenced Georgia prisoners in state and federal habeas corpus proceedings challenging their capital convictions and death sentences. As part of the defense team, the attorney will undertake all aspects of state and federal habeas corpus litigation and clemency proceedings, including: identifying habeas issues through exhaustive review of trial, appellate, and collateral records; working with investigators and experts to develop those issues into legal claims; conducting legal research; drafting and filing appellate briefs and pleadings; conducting depositions; preparing expert and lay witnesses for and presenting evidence at state evidentiary hearings; appearing in court for other hearings and oral argument; and providing legal and investigative assistance to pro bono attorneys. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 05/24/2018 - Entry Level Capital Habeas Attorney, Georgia Appellate Practice and Educational Resource Center (Georgia Resource Center) - Atlanta, GA 

The Georgia Resource Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit law office established in 1988 to provide free, high quality representation to indigent death-sentenced Georgia prisoners in state and federal habeas corpus proceedings challenging their capital convictions and death sentences. As part of the defense team, the attorney will undertake all aspects of state and federal habeas corpus litigation and clemency proceedings, including: identifying habeas issues and related investigative and expert needs, conducting legal research, drafting pleadings and briefs; working with investigators and experts; conducting investigations and depositions; preparing expert and lay witnesses for and presenting evidence at state evidentiary hearings; appearing in court for other hearings and oral argument; and providing legal and investigative assistance to pro bono attorneys. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 05/24/2018 - Attorney, Office of Public Advocacy - Bethel, AK 

The Office of Public Advocacy is seeking an experienced attorney for its Bethel Section. This section represents indigent criminal defendants charged with all levels of misdemeanors and felonies from arraignment through trial. It also represents minors in juvenile delinquency proceedings and parents in Child in Need of Aid matters. The successful candidate should expect to appear frequently in both district and superior court. Salary to be determined by training and experience, but starts at $134,000 per year plus State benefits. This position is available immediately and will remain open until filled with a suitable candidate. For more information about this position, click here  (PDF).

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