Employment Opportunities within the Profession

 
  • 09/11/2017 - Temporary Research Position, Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) - Washington, DC or remotely 

FAMM is seeking lawyers to support our work on a report about state compassionate release laws, regulations, and practices. Many states have programs that permit early release from prison for prisoners who are severely disabled, ill, and/or near death. We are conducting a fifty-state (and the District of Columbia) survey outlining the laws and rules governing compassionate release. This is a job well suited to a recent law school graduate, or a more experienced attorney seeking a temporary position. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 09/06/2017 - Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor - Law (CUNY School of Law) - Long Island City, NY 

The City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law seeks highly-qualified candidates for a tenured or tenure-track appointment to begin in the 2018-19 academic year. CUNY Law faculty perform teaching (including instruction effective for diverse learners and nontraditional students), research and writing, and guidance duties at the CUNY School of Law in their area(s) of expertise. Responsibilities may include supervising students in legal practice or related activities. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 09/06/2017 - Executive Director of the Office of Independent Review, Orange County - Santa Ana, CA - DEADLINE: October 16, 2017 

The County of Orange is recruiting for a highly experienced California licensed attorney to manage the day-to-day activities of the Office of Independent Review (OIR). Appointed by and serving at the discretion of the County Board of Supervisors, the Executive Director of the OIR will oversee, review, monitor, assist, and advise the Orange County Board of Supervisors in the investigation of selected internal and citizen complaints and other administrative investigations, which may include allegations of misconduct. Oversight responsibilities of the OIR include oversight and review of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Office of the District Attorney, Office of the Public Defender, the Probation Department, and the Social Services Agency. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 08/30/2017 - Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney - Whatcom County Public Defender - Bellingham, WA 

Whatcom County seeks an experienced criminal defense attorney with management experience to direct all legal and administrative functions of the Public Defender’s Office. The office of the Public Defender serves indigent clients in Whatcom County. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 08/30/2017 - Office of Inspector General Director - Seattle, WA 

The City of Seattle is embarking upon a period of historic police reform and has adopted groundbreaking legislation to establish the Office of Inspector General for Public Safety (OIG) as a key component. The candidate selected to serve as the new OIG Director will have the opportunity to stand up a new office in an innovative approach to police reform in one of the nation’s leading cities. The OIG, in collaborative partnership with the Office of the Police Accountability and the Community Police Commission, helps ensure the actions of Seattle Police Department (SPD) employees are constitutional and in compliance with law, as well as City and SPD policies. The OIG Director must have significant background in criminal, civil rights, and labor law, governmental investigations, and/or management of governmental auditing. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 08/25/2017 - Assistant Federal Defender - Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of PA - DEADLINE: September 8, 2017 

The Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has a vacancy for at least one Assistant Federal Defender in its Trial Unit. The Assistant Federal Defender in the Trial Unit represents indigent defendants in federal cases from inception through appeal and witnesses in grand jury proceedings. The Assistant Federal Defender conducts bail hearings, writes and litigates motions to suppress and other pre-trial motions, directs defense investigation, represents defendants at jury trials, sentencings, and violations of supervised release proceedings, and, on occasion, in collateral proceedings under 28 U.S.C. § 2255. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 08/17/2017 - Trial Attorney, Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho - Spokane, WA - DEADLINE: September 1, 2017 at 5 PM 

Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho is now accepting applications for a Trial Attorney position in Spokane, Washington. The primary practice areas will be before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, U.S. District Court for Idaho, and United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. This organization litigates cases in four locations: Richland, Yakima, and Spokane, WA (all in the Eastern District of Washington); and Coeur d’Alene, ID (District of Idaho). For more information about this position, click here.

  • 08/17/2017 - Non-Capital Habeas Unit Attorney, Federal Public Defender's Office for the Central District of California - Los Angeles, CA - DEADLINE: September 11, 2017 

The Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Central District of California is accepting applications for full-time attorney positions in its non-capital habeas unit (NCHU), stationed in Los Angeles, California. The NCHU is committed to the pursuit of justice by aggressively advocating in federal court for the constitutional rights and inherent dignity of individuals who are convicted of crimes and cannot afford their own lawyer. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 08/14/2017 - Assistant Federal Public Defender - Capital Habeas Unit, The Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Pennsylvania - Pittsburgh, PA - DEADLINE: August 31, 2017 

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.

  • 08/11/2017 - Counsel, Democracy Program - New York University School of Law 

The Brennan Center seeks a talented early-­‐to-­‐mid-­‐level attorney to work in the Democracy Program. The attorney’s primary responsibilities will be to help advance our ongoing efforts to reduce the outsized influence of money in politics, and will also include work on voting rights, election administration and possibly also government ethics. Our attorneys use multiple strategies to advance goals, including policy research and writing; legislative advocacy including drafting bills and providing advice to lawmakers; trial and appellate litigation in federal and state courts; providing expert commentary to news media; working with coalitions; and participating in public events and education. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 08/07/2017 - Assistant Federal Defender - Federal Public Defender's Office - Middle District, PA 

The Federal Public Defender for the Middle District of Pennsylvania is accepting applications for
the position of Assistant Federal Public Defender in its Harrisburg office. The federal defender
organization operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, to provide
defense services in federal criminal cases and related matters in the federal courts.  For more information about this position, click here.

  • 07/24/2017 - Assistant Federal Defender - Office of the Federal Defender - Minneapolis, MN  

The Office of the Federal Defender for the District of Minnesota is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Federal Defender. The Federal Defender provides defense services in federal criminal cases and related matters to individuals unable to afford counsel.  For more information about this position, click here.

  • 07/21/2017 - Deputy Public Defender - Director of Training, Louisiana Public Defender Board - Baton Rouge, LA 

The Louisiana Public Defender Board is seeking applications for a Deputy Public Defender - Director of Training position. An eligible applicant must be an attorney licensed to practice law in the United States with at least five years of criminal defense experience. The Deputy Public Defender – Director of Training is a full-time, executive-level staff position with the State of Louisiana. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 07/21/2017 - Trial Level Compliance Officer, Louisiana Public Defender Board - Baton Rouge, LA 

The Louisiana Public Defender Board is seeking applications for a Trial Level Compliance Officer position. An eligible applicant must be an attorney licensed to practice law in the United States with at least three years of criminal defense experience or possess a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with at least five years of progressively responsible experience conducting organizational assessments. Applicants should have expertise in matters of performance evaluation development and implementation. The Trial-Level Compliance Officer is a full-time, executive-level staff position with the State of Louisiana. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 07/18/2017 - Fellowship Attorney, Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho - Spokane, WA 

Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho is now accepting applications for a Fellowship Attorney position(s) in Spokane, Washington. This is a position for Fiscal Year 2018, with the possibility of an extension for Fiscal Year 2019. The primary practice areas will be before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, and United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. This organization litigates cases in four locations: Richland, Yakima, and Spokane, WA (all in the Eastern District of Washington); and Coeur d’Alene, ID (District of Idaho). For more information about this position, click here.

  • 07/07/2017 - Program Director, The International Legal Foundation - New York, NY - EXTENDED DEADLINE: August 31, 2017 

The International Legal Foundation (ILF), www.theilf.org, a leading global advocate for the right of the indigent accused to legal representation and a provider of legal aid services in post-conflict and transitional countries, is hiring a program director to lead its public defender initiatives worldwide. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 07/11/2017 - Assistant Post-Conviction Defender, Tennessee Office of the Post-Conviction Defender - Nashville, TN 

The Tennessee Office of the Post-Conviction Defender is accepting applications for an Assistant Post-Conviction Defender position. The OPCD is an independent agency of the Tennessee state government. The agency represents people sentenced to death in Tennessee and provides non-case-specific assistance and educational resources to appointed counsel in capital cases. Direct representation focuses on the investigation and presentation of collateral claims in state courts, primarily in post-conviction proceedings. The OPCD handles cases throughout Tennessee and travel is required. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 07/10/2017 - Investigator/Mitigation Specialist, Capital Habeas Unit - Federal Public Defender, Southern District of Ohio - Columbus, OH 

The Federal Public Defender, Southern District of Ohio, is accepting applications for the position of Investigator/ Mitigation Specialist in the Capital Habeas Unit (CHU) 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 Investigator/Mitigation Specialist plays an integral role in the development and work-up of both guilt phase and penalty phase issues, including, the development of mitigating evidence. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 07/07/2017 - Deputy Director, Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia (PSA) - Washington, DC - DEADLINE: September 5, 2017 

The Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia (PSA) is an independent federal entity within the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia (CSOSA). The agency assists judicial officers in both the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia by formulating pretrial release recommendations and providing supervision and services designed to reasonably assure that defendants return to court and do not engage in criminal activity pending their trial and/or sentencing. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 07/07/2017 - Assistant Computer Systems Administrator, Federal Public Defender District of New Mexico - Las Cruces, NM 

The Federal Public Defender for the District of New Mexico is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Computer Systems Administrator. This position will be located in the Las Cruces branch office. The Federal Defender organization operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, to provide defense services in federal criminal cases and related matters by appointment from the court. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 07/07/2017 - Capital Habeas Unit Research & Writing Specialist, Federal Community Defender Office, Eastern District of PA  - Philadelphia, PA -
    DEADLINE: July 17, 2017 

The CHU Research and Writing Specialist provides legal services to death-sentenced prisoners in all stages of federal habeas corpus proceedings. Candidates must be attorneys and possess strong writing ability, should have a demonstrated commitment to poverty law or indigent criminal defense, and should have experience in one of the following areas: criminal law, preferably in capital cases; habeas corpus litigation; or complex federal court civil litigation. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 06/27/2017 - Public Advocate, KY Public Advocacy Commission - Frankfort, KY - DEADLINE: 4:30 PM, July 28, 2017 

The KY Public Advocacy Commission seeks applicants for the position of public advocate for the KY Department of Public Advocacy to begin September 16, 2017. The Public Advocate is the Chief Administrator of the Department of Public Advocacy, an independent Executive Branch agency within the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. The Public Advocate, whose office is located in Frankfort, Kentucky, leads the statewide public defender system, creates a vision for the agency, inspires its mission and forward direction, administers a $50+ million annual budget, sets policy for the agency and its employees, and oversees 545 employees in 36 offices across the Commonwealth. A job description, duties, competencies, qualifications and application requirements can be found here.

  • 06/23/2017 - Assistant Federal Defender, Trial Unit - Federal Community Defender Office, Eastern District of PA - Philadelphia, PA - DEADLINE: July 7, 2017 

The Assistant Federal Defender in the Trial Unit represents indigent defendants in federal cases from inception through appeal and witnesses in grand jury proceedings. The Assistant Federal Defender conducts bail hearings, writes and litigates motions to suppress and other pre-trial motions, directs defense investigation, represents defendants at jury trials, sentencings, and violations of supervised release proceedings, and, on occasion, in collateral proceedings under 28 U.S.C. § 2255. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 06/22/2017 - Legal Assistant - Federal Public Defender, District of New Mexico - Las Cruces, NM - DEADLINE: July 14, 2017 

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. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 06/14/2017 - Deputy Public Defender/Senior Deputy Public Defender, Minnehaha County Public Defender's Office - Sioux Falls, SD - DEADLINE: July 28, 2017 at 5 PM 

The Minnehaha County Public Defender's Office is seeking a compassionate Deputy Public Defender/Senior Deputy Public Defender with excellent advocacy skills who is committed to ensuring justice, humanity, and equality to indigent clients appearing in the criminal and juvenile justice system. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 06/05/2017 - Sentencing Resource Counsel, Federal Public Defender of the District of Arizona 

The Federal Public Defender of the District of Arizona is accepting applications for the position of a Sentencing Resource Counsel assistant federal public defender. The federal defender organization operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, to provide defense services in federal criminal cases and related matters by appointment from the court. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 05/17/2017 - Executive Director for Lubbock Private Defenders’ Office - Lubbock, TX 

Lubbock Private Defender’s Office, (LPDO) is seeking an Executive Director who will execute our dual missions to defend the liberty of indigent citizens accused of crimes and to protect the dignity of those citizens who have intellectual disabilities and mental health needs as they navigate the criminal justice system of Lubbock County. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 05/17/2017 - Chief Defender for Lubbock Private Defenders’ Office - Lubbock, TX 

The Chief Defender of the Lubbock Private Defenders’ Office is responsible for the performance of the contract for indigent criminal defense representation with the County of Lubbock. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 04/27/2017 - Trial Defense Attorney (GS 15), Defense Legal Services Agency - Office of the Chief Defense Counsel for Military Commissions - Arlington, VA 

This position is located in the Office of the Chief Defense Counsel for Military Commissions and involves complex litigation work. The Office of the Chief Defense Counsel is responsible for providing defense services to unprivileged enemy belligerents tried by military commissions under the Military Commissions Act of 2009. The Office of the Chief Defense Counsel reports directly to the Deputy General Counsel (personnel and Health Policy) of the Department of Defense. Candidates must be US citizens and eligible to get a top secret clearance. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 04/26/2017 - Director of Training, Georgia Public Defender Council - Atlanta, GA 

The GPDC Training Director is responsible for effective development, implementation, coordination, and presentation of training programs for all agency employees. This position requires a commitment to ensuring the professional development of well-trained attorneys, administrators, and investigators to provide effective representation to indigent defendants. For more information about this position, click here.

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