Employment Opportunities within the Profession

 
  • 08/01/2016 - Assistant 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 assistance and educational resources to appointed counsel in capital cases. Direct representation focuses on the investigation and presentation of collateral claims in state courts, mostly in post-conviction proceedings. The OPCD handles cases throughout Tennessee and travel is required. Please see www.tnpcdo.net for further details and for more information about this position, click here.

  • 08/01/2016 - Investigator, 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. Direct representation focuses on the investigation and presentation of collateral claims in state courts, mostly in post-conviction proceedings. The OPCD handles cases throughout Tennessee. Please see www.tnpcdo.net for further details and for more information about this position, click here.

  • 07/18/2016 - Assistant Federal Public Defender - Rapid City, SD 

The Federal Public Defender for the Districts of South Dakota and North Dakota is accepting applications for an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Rapid City, South Dakota office. The Defender’s Office provides legal representation to indigent people charged with federal crimes. This is a full time attorney position dedicated exclusively to criminal defense work in federal district court and the U. S. Court of Appeals. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 07/18/2016 - Associate Federal Defender - Milwaukee, WI - DEADLINE: August 23, 2016 

Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin (FDSW) seeks to hire an experienced attorney to join their Milwaukee office as an Associate Federal Defender (AFD). An AFD represents clients at all stages of a federal criminal case, from initial appearance through trial and sentencing, and on appeal. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 06/24/2016 - Trial Assistant Federal Public Defender, Federal Public Defender for the Districts of Colorado and Wyoming - Denver, CO - DEADLINE: COB July 22, 2016 

The Federal Public Defender for the Districts of Colorado and Wyoming seeks a superior trial attorney to join our office in Denver. 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. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 06/24/2016 - Deputy Public Defender I-IV, County of Monterey - Salinas, CA - DEADLINE: July 1, 2016 

The County of Monterey is looking for Deputy Public Defenders I, II, III, and IV. The Office of the Public Defender provides legal representation to indigent persons charged with crimes in Monterey County, ranging from the simplest misdemeanor to complex capital cases. The guiding principle of the Office is that each client is entitled to the best legally attainable outcome. Our attorneys, investigators, and support staff take great pride in providing a consistently high level of service. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 06/17/2016 - Attorney Advisor, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts - Washington, DC - DEADLINE: June 28, 2016 

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has an open Attorney Advisor position in their Program Operations Division. This is a high-level attorney position whose primary job will be to coordinate the federal defender organization (FDO) work measurement (staffing formulas) implementation, develop national and local trainings on case opening practices, and ensure consistency in legal policies, rules, and prepare Defender Services Office (DSO) guidance memoranda affecting FDOs. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 05/25/2016 - CJA Coordinating Attorney, District of Colorado - Denver, CO 

The Office of the Federal Public Defender, Districts of Colorado and Wyoming, is hiring a Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Coordinating Attorney to serve the District of Colorado Criminal Justice Act Panel. This office operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C.§ 3006A, to provide zealous and professional legal representation to persons unable to afford counsel, who are charged with criminal offenses in the United States District Courts in Colorado and Wyoming, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 05/18/2016 - Assistant Federal Public Defender, Federal Public Defender of South and North Dakota - Fargo, ND 

The Federal Public Defender for the Districts of South Dakota and North Dakota is accepting applications for an Assistant Federal Public Defender position in the Fargo, North Dakota office. The Defender’s Office provides legal representation to indigent people charged with federal crimes. This is a full time attorney position dedicated exclusively to criminal defense work in federal district court and the U.S. Court of Appeals. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 05/11/2016 - Chief Public Defender, Ada County Public Defender's Office - Boise, ID 

The Ada County, Idaho Board of County Commissioners is looking for an experienced legal professional to be the next Chief Public Defender.

The Chief Public Defender is responsible for planning, implementing, coordinating, directing, and evaluating activities and programs of the Public Defender’s Office. The Chief Public Defender also serves as the special staff advisor to the Board of Ada County Commissioners on matters relating to public legal defense and representation. For more information about this position, click here.  

  • 04/21/2016 - Deputy Program Director, The International Legal Foundation - New York, NY 

The International Legal Foundation (ILF), an international nongovernmental organization based in New York, NY, was created in 2001 for the purpose of setting up public defender systems in post-conflict countries (www.TheILF.org). With projects in the West Bank, Nepal, Afghanistan and Tunisia, the ILF has over 100 employees worldwide.

The ILF seeks a lawyer with substantial criminal defense experience (preferably as a public defender) and a strong commitment to the mission and values of the ILF to fill the new position of deputy program director. The deputy program director will assist the program director in developing proactive and effective defense lawyers in the countries in which the ILF works, and building more effective indigent defense systems. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter and a team player with strong legal skills, willing and able to travel to and spend several months on assignments in less than comfortable locations, and fluent in French or Arabic. For more information about this position, click here. 

  • 04/21/2016 - Advocacy Director, The International Legal Foundation - New York, NY 

The ILF is committed to continuing its long-track record of demonstrating the critical importance of the right to counsel in criminal cases at the international, regional and country level. In the ILF’s work to expand its global advocacy for this essential component of a fair and effective justice system, the ILF seeks a dynamic and skilled Advocacy Director.

Working closely with the Executive Director, the Advocacy Director will lead the ILF’s efforts to build strategic relationships with governments, United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations, global philanthropy and other key partners to increase awareness, action, and resources devoted to the right to counsel for the indigent accused. The Advocacy Director will also play a key role in developing and implementing the ILF’s internal and external communication strategy at the international and country level, and also work closely with the ILF’s program team to develop and implement strategies to establish effective and sustainable public defender programs in post-conflict countries around the world. For more information about this position, click here. 

  • 04/12/2016 - Clinical Professor, Innocence Project - The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law 

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law seeks applications for a clinical professor who will be the primary instructor for the UMKC/University of Missouri Innocence Clinic and related courses. The Clinic works in conjunction with the Midwest Innocence Project (MIP), which is housed on the Country Club Plaza near the School. For more information about the position, click here. 

  • 03/09/2016 - Managing Attorney, The Pennsylvania Innocence Project - Pittsburgh, PA 

The Managing Attorney will be responsible for teaching the clinical program for Duquesne and University of Pittsburgh law students and supervise volunteer lawyers and law students in evaluating cases. In addition the Managing Attorney will be responsible for all case development and litigation (at the trial court and appellate level) primarily in the western part of Pennsylvania. For more information about the position, click here. 

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