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  • 10/17/2018 - Assistant Federal Public Defender, Office of the Federal Public Defender, Western District of Pennsylvania - Erie, PA 

The Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Pennsylvania is accepting applications for an experienced trial attorney to serve as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in its Erie branch office. The position primarily involves legal representation of indigent persons charged with criminal offenses in the United States District Court, though the position may also require providing representation to individuals in federal habeas corpus proceedings. Travel to the Pittsburgh headquarters or the Johnstown branch office may be required. Responsibilities include managing a caseload with cases at varying stages of litigation; preparing pleadings, briefs and motions; appearing on behalf of the client in court hearings and at other related proceedings; developing litigation strategies; meeting with clients, experts, witnesses and family members, and other duties as assigned. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 10/17/2018 - Investigator (part-time), Office of the Federal Public Defender, Western District of Pennsylvania - Erie, PA 

The Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Pennsylvania is accepting applications for the position of Investigator in its Erie branch office. This is a part-time position. The Federal Public Defender represents indigent criminal defendants in the federal courts in Pittsburgh, Johnstown and Erie, Pennsylvania, under the authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A. The Investigator will assist the case attorney by investigating and analyzing cases, locating and interviewing victims, witnesses and law enforcement personnel, locating and gathering records, reports and documents, and serving subpoenas. The Investigator may need to visit and recreate crime scenes by measuring, photographing and sketching, and must be able to establish and maintain good working relationships with individuals and agencies that interact with this office, prepare clear oral and written reports, use complex hardware and software programs, cameras, audio recorders and other equipment, assist attorneys and other staff in preparation for court proceedings, and testify in court. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 10/17/2018 - Capital Case Staff Attorney, U.S. District Court, District of Alaska - Anchorage, AK 

The Capital Case Staff Attorney performs legal research and substantive writing and is responsible for preparing bench memos and orders on matters pending before the district judges related to the district’s death penalty caseload. Attorney will perform legal research and prepare recommendations to the court regarding pretrial motions, motions, evidentiary hearings, jury selection, jury instructions, disposition on the merits, and post trial proceedings. Other responsibilities include reviewing pleadings and motions, attending court proceedings, drafting orders, acting as a liaison between the court and litigants, advising appropriate personnel regarding the status of death-eligible cases, and participating in conferences with counsel and experts regarding appointment and compensation. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 10/16/2018 - Public Defender, Law Offices of the Public Defender - Roswell, NM 

The New Mexico Public Defender is looking for a public defender who will provide professional legal services in representing juvenile and adult indigent clients in areas of litigation, appeal, counsel, research and analysis. Responsibilities include providing guidance to lower level attorneys and law clerks, conducting plea bargaining when appropriate, attending seminars and trainings, and drafting legal documents. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 10/11/2018 - Managing Attorney, Law Offices of the Public Defender - Alamogordo, NM 

The Managing Attorney will direct and supervise a unit or an office of the Law Offices of the Public Defender in providing professional level services representing juvenile and adult indigent clients, handle highly complex appeals or serve as lead counsel for serious violent felony or appeals and other highly complex litigation cases. Responsibilities include managing attorneys in a unit, conducting legal research, preparing for litigation and appeal, counseling and advising clients, keeping clients informed, and attending seminars. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 10/11/2018 - Criminal Defense Attorney, Law Offices of the Public Defender - Alamogordo, NM 

The Criminal Defense Attorney, at the PD2, PD3, or PD4 level, will provide professional legal services for the Law Offices of the Public Defender in representing juvenile and adult indigent clients in areas of litigation, appeal, counsel, research and analysis. Responsibilities include representing clients in a variety of misdemeanor, felony, and/or juvenile cases, preparing legal documents, and attending seminars. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 10/10/2018 - Assistant Public Defender, Texas Regional Public Defender Office for Capital Cases - Lubbock, TX 

Appointed by the Chief Public Defender, the Assistant Public Defender is responsible for providing legal representation for capital defendants in criminal proceedings and ensuring their constitutional rights are upheld. Serves as lead counsel in some cases. Oversees and participates in preparation, presentation and disposition of cases. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 10/9/2018 - Managing Attorney, Texas Regional Public Defender Office for Capital Cases - Lubbock, TX 

The Managing Attorney will be responsible for the supervision of two Regional Public Defender (RPDO) offices. The Managing Attorney is the first person in the office and the last person to leave. The workload includes managing personnel and cases. The primary function of this position is to facilitate case progression and team work. The managing attorney is responsible for the day to day operation of the office(s) they supervise as well as assisting with the development of aggressive and innovative capital trial teams. There will be extensive overnight travel for this position due to the direct supervision of two offices. It should be expected to be in residence at both offices on roughly a 50/50 basis. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 10/9/2018 - Staff Attorney, Reboot & Rebound - Fresno, CA 

Root & Rebound is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to transfer power and information from the policy and legal communities to the people most impacted by the criminal justice system through direct services, public education, and policy advocacy, so that the law serves, rather than harms, low-income communities and communities of color in the United States. The Fresno Staff Attorney will work with a Social Worker and Employment Specialist to expand second chance opportunities for women of color with records in Fresno and the Central Valley. Learn more about this exciting initiative here. The office is based in Fresno-- a vibrant, growing city with a low cost of living and two hours away from Yosemite. Additionally, Root & Rebound attorneys often qualify for the federal government's Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program as well as their law schools' loan repayment assistance programs. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 10/5/2018 - National Legal Resource Coordinator, Reboot & Rebound - Oakland, CA 

Root & Rebound's mission is to transfer power and information from the policy and legal communities to the people most impacted by the criminal justice system through public education, direct legal services, and policy advocacy, so that the law serves, rather than harms, low income communities and communities of color in the United States. The National Legal Resource Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring the continued high caliber of legal resources in California with annual updates; developing legal resources in new states with strong partners and stakeholders; and developing structures and pipeline that ensure the growth and sustainability of R&R reentry legal resources across the country. R&R seeks someone with strong skills in legal research and writing, project coordination and management, partnership development, and business and tech savvy for ensuring sustainable access to our resources. We are looking for someone with a J.D., L.L.M., or Ph.D. in Law/Criminal Justice-related Field. However, a state bar license is not required. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 9/26/2018 - Fellowship Attorney, Federal Public Defender, Western District of New York - Buffalo, NY 

The Federal Public Defender for the Western District of New York is now accepting applications for a Fellowship attorney in the Buffalo, New York office. This position carries a one-year term, with the possibility of a second term. Experience in criminal defense is not required. The fellow will learn to handle criminal cases from inception to trial and sentencing. Responsibilities will include preparation of pleadings and appellate briefs. The caseload is varied, but includes the following: 1) firearms offenses; 2) drug offenses; 3) immigration offenses; and 4) white-collar offenses. Regular day trips are often required for case investigations, court appearances, and visiting clients housed in various correctional facilities throughout Western New York. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 09/20/2018 - Training Director, Criminal Defense Training Unit, Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) - Boston, MA 

The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), the Massachusetts public defender agency, is seeking applications for Training Director of the Criminal Defense Training Unit (CDTU). The CDTU is part of the Training Department which provides high quality training to all staff and private assigned counsel. The Training Director is responsible for planning, directing, managing, and overseeing the training of public and private criminal defenders around the state, and for ensuring that the CDTU meets the training goals. The Training Director is also responsible for the production and distribution of training materials and practice guides, and provides advice on court practice, legal strategies, and, occasionally, on individual cases. For more information about this position, click here (PDF) or here.

  • 09/20/2018 - Data Scientist (Research Director), Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center - Dallas, TX 

The Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center seeks a Data Scientist with a passion for criminal justice reform. The Deason Center is a research and policy center that uses a 'stats and stories' approach to create data-driven research and drive criminal justice reform. The Research Director will support existing Center research and will design innovative new data studies. Working closely with local, state, and national, criminal justice stakeholders, the Research Director will acquire, analyze, and publish qualitative and quantitative criminal justice assessments that will inform criminal justice policy and practice. For more information about this position, click here (PDF) or here.

  • 08/06/2018 - Writ Attorney, Capital Area Private Defender Service - Austin, TX 

The Writ Attorney would provide post-conviction representation to clients who were affected by issues in the APD DNA lab or whose APD DNA mixture statistical calculations have changed significantly since the time of conviction. The Writ Attorney must be an experienced post-conviction attorney with a demonstrated commitment to excellent, client-centered representation. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 08/06/2018 - Holistic Defense Supervisor, Capital Area Private Defender Service - Austin, TX 

The attorney’s primary responsibility will be assisting in elevating the quality of representation through holistic defense. The attorney will be responsible for ensuring that investigative services are used appropriately and that the investigators are kept to the highest legal and ethical standards. The forensic social work program will include training attorneys on the effective use of pre-pleading reports, mitigation, and jail diversion as a way of positively affecting the outcome of a criminal case. The attorney will also work in partnership with the immigration attorney to ensure assigned counsel utilize this resource effectively, including prompt referrals, gathering of client information for the immigration attorney, and ensuring that Padilla assistance is delivered effectively. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 08/06/2018 - Director of the Forensic Project, Capital Area Private Defender Service - Austin, TX 

The Project Director will supervise a small team of attorneys and investigators engaged in non-capital post-conviction case review to determine whether DNA evidence was material to a person’s conviction and providing post-conviction representation to clients who were affected by issues in the APD DNA lab or whose DNA mixture statistical calculations have changed significantly since the time of conviction. The Project Director must be an experienced criminal defense or post-conviction attorney with a demonstrated commitment to excellent, client-centered representation. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 08/02/2018 - Investigator, State of Tennessee Office of the Post-Conviction Defender - Nashville, TN 

The Tennessee Office of the Post-Conviction Defender is accepting applications for an Investigator position. The OPCD is an independent agency of the Tennessee state government. The agency represents people sentenced to death in Tennessee and provides assistance and educational resources to appointed counsel in capital cases. The investigator will work on a team with attorneys and a paralegal to develop both guilt/innocence and mitigation claims on behalf of clients. The investigator’s primary duties will include extensive record review; creation and/or maintenance of core case documents such as witness lists and timelines; identifying, locating, and interviewing witnesses relevant to both the offense and the client’s social history; as well as drafting different types of memoranda and reports. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

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