Employment Opportunities within the Profession

 
  • 12/02/2016 - Assistant Federal Public Defender - Albuquerque, NM - DEADLINE: December 23, 2016 

The Federal Public Defender for the District of New Mexico is seeking a full time, experienced trial attorney for the main office in Albuquerque. Federal salary and benefits apply. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 11/10/2016 - Capital Habeas Attorney, Georgia Resource Center - Atlanta, GA - DEADLINE: December 16, 2016 

The Georgia Appellate Practice and Educational Resource Center is looking for a capital habeas attorney to join their 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.

  • 11/09/2016 - Capital Habeas Unit Investigator - Federal Public Defender, District of Nevada - Las Vegas, NV 

The office of the Federal Public Defender is now accepting applications for an Investigator position in the Capital Habeas Unit. This is a full-time position based in the Las Vegas office. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 11/07/2016 - Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law - New York, NY - DEADLINE: November 30, 2016 

The Brennan Center’s Justice Program is seeking an attorney (Mid-Level, Full-Time) to join a cutting edge inter-disciplinary team working to end mass incarceration in the United States. The Attorney's main responsibility will be to supervise and lead a staff team on a major Brennan Center project: a fiscal impact study of the fees and fines levied on criminal justice defendants. The project team will assess the overall costs of collecting these fees and compare them with revenues in several jurisdictions to ascertain whether this practice is an effective policy. The project will last two years and six months (through April 2019). The Attorney will be responsible for managing the entire project from start to finish. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 11/01/2016 - Executive Director - New York State Defender Association - New York, NY 

The New York State Defenders Association (NYSDA) is seeking an Executive Director. NYSDA’s mission is to improve the quality and scope of publicly supported legal representation to low income people. NYSDA is a 50-year old non-profit membership association with 1,900 members, which since 1978 has sustained the nation’s only backup center for public defense. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 10/26/2016 - Supervising Assistant Federal Public Defender, Capital Habeas Unit - Kansas City, MO 

The Federal Public Defender Organization for the Western District of Missouri is accepting applications for an Assistant Federal Public Defender to be the supervisor in its newly formed 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 Eighth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. This is a full-time position located in Kansas City, Missouri. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 10/24/2016 - Second Chair, Georgia Capital Defender - Brunswick, GA 

The Georgia Capital Defender is looking for a Second Chair qualified attorney in the Brunswick Georgia Regional Office. The Second Chair attorney will be expected to work as part of an inter-disciplinary team consisting of one first chair attorney, one mitigation specialist, one fact investigator, as well as other office administrative and investigative staff. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 10/18/2016 - Supervising Federal Public Defender - Capital Habeas Unit, Federal Public Defender District of Nevada - Las Vegas, NV 

The Federal Public Defender for the District of Nevada is accepting applications for a Third Level Supervising Federal Public Defender (Unit Chief) position in the Capital Habeas Unit (CHU). The Capital Habeas Unit represents individuals sentenced to death in federal habeas corpus and ancillary proceedings. This is a full-time position located in Las Vegas. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 10/11/2016 - Clinical Professor and DirectorActual Innocence Clinic University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX 

Texas Law has an opening for a clinical professor to direct our Actual Innocence Clinic (AIC).  We will consider applicants for a full-time or a three-quarter time appointment. The ideal candidate will be available to begin in January 2017, but we will also consider applicants who cannot begin until the summer of 2017. The position is a 9-month clinical faculty appointment. The position is non-tenure track, with an initial one-year appointment followed by three-year rolling, presumptively renewable appointments. The new director will join a close community of over 25 faculty in our clinical program. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 10/06/2016 - Trial Assistant Federal Public Defender, Districts of Colorado and Wyoming - Cheyenne, Wyoming 

The Federal Public Defender for the Districts of Colorado and Wyoming seeks a superior trial attorney to join our branch office in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The Office of the Federal Public Defender operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act (18 U.S.C. § 3006A) to represent individuals who are unable to afford counsel and prosecuted in our federal courts.
This is full‐time position, dedicated to all stages of the magistrate and district court proceedings. Our attorneys are expected to be zealous advocates of the highest caliber, devoted to the defense of the poor, and enforcement of the Bill of Rights. There is extensive motions practice and courtroom litigation. While our AFPDs are solely responsible for most cases, our office culture is one of collaborative teamwork. The successful applicant will be expected to be available in March 2017. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 09/30/2016 - Public Defender - County of Monterey, CA 

The County of Monterey is seeking a Public Defender. The Public Defender is an at-will position, which serves at the pleasure of the Board of Supervisors, with performance overseen by the Board and the County Administrator.  The Public Defender is responsible for directing and overseeing the Public Defender's Office which is responsible for the overall administration and management of the Public Defender's operations, functions, program activities, staff, budget, and for participating in the preparation and defense of criminal matters. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 09/28/2016 - Law Clerk to a U.S. District Judge, United States District Court, Central District of California - Los Angeles, CA 

The U.S. District Court is seeking to fill one full-time, but temporary, law clerk position, available immediately and lasting until at least March 30, 2017 (subject to possible extension through September 30, 2017). The position’s duties include, but are not limited to, drafting legal memoranda, opinions, and orders and analyzing statutes, regulations, and substantive issues in all areas of civil and criminal law. The position also requires case management and other administrative duties. Meticulous attention to detail is required. The law clerk must carefully and thoroughly review briefs and trial records; thoroughly research and analyze existing law; draft clear, concise and well-organized memoranda and proposed decisions; and make thoughtful recommendations regarding the resolution of legal issues before the court. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 09/26/2016 - CJA Supervising Attorney, United States District Court, Central District of California - Los Angeles, CA 

The United States District Court, Central District of California, invites applications for the position of Criminal Justice Act (“CJA”) Supervising Attorney. The CJA Supervising Attorney is responsible for the oversight and administration of the panel of attorneys qualified for appointment to represent indigent defendants in cases pending before the Court, and must have or develop a thorough knowledge of the Criminal Justice Act and of criminal law and procedure. The CJA Supervising Attorney will work to achieve the dual objectives of high quality representation by panel attorneys and cost containment/accountability for government funds. The CJA Supervising Attorney will work within the Legal Services Unit of the Clerk’s Office, will report to the Managing Attorney of the Legal Services Unit, and will serve as a first-line supervisor to three full-time voucher review clerks/budget analysts. The CJA Supervising Attorney will also work closely with the Court’s CJA Committee and the judges of the Court.  For more information about this position, click here.

  • 09/16/2016 - Deputy Director of Litigation, The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs - Washington, DC 

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (“the Committee”) seeks a Deputy Director of Litigation. The selected candidate will report to the Director of Litigation to develop, litigate and supervise litigation across the spectrum of issues handled by the Committee. In addition, the Deputy Director of Litigation will lead the effort to expand the Committee’s docket of matters related to criminal system reform including cases to address police misconduct, debtor’s prisons, collateral consequences, and access to indigent defense. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 09/14/2016 - Assistant Federal Public Defender - Las Cruces, NM - DEADLINE: October 14, 2016 

The Federal Public Defender for the District of New Mexico is seeking a full time, experienced trial attorney for the branch office in Las Cruces. More than one vacancy may be filled from this announcement. Federal salary and benefits apply. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 09/13/2016 - Assistant Federal Public Defender - Pittsburgh, PA - DEADLINE: October 1, 2016 

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 Pittsburgh 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. This position may also require regular travel to the Johnstown or Erie branch offices. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 09/13/2016 - Supervising Attorney - Appellate Team, California Appellate Project - San Francisco, CA 

California Appellate Project (CAP) seeks to hire a Supervising Attorney for CAP’s Appellate Team.. CAP is a nonprofit legal resource center funded by the Judicial Council of California to implement the constitutional right to counsel for indigent death row inmates challenging their convictions and sentences on direct appeal and through habeas corpus proceedings. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 09/13/2016 - Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney,  California Appellate Project - San Francisco, CA 

California Appellate Project (CAP) seeks to fill an attorney job opening on our Appellate Team. This person will fill one of the following roles: Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney. CAP is a nonprofit legal resource center funded by the Judicial Council of California to implement the constitutional right to counsel for indigent death row inmates challenging their convictions and sentences on direct appeal and through habeas corpus proceedings. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 09/13/2016 - Office of the Public Defender, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands - Saipan, MP 

The Office of the Public Defender has an opening for an Assistant Public Defender. The position requires representing a culturally diverse population accused of traffic offenses, probation violations, misdemeanors and felonies in Superior Court as well as writing and arguing appeals in the CNMI Supreme Court. For more information about this position, click here.

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