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Under supervision of the Chief Public Defender, the Assistant Public Defender provides legal representation to indigent persons charged with a criminal offense in the 91st District Court, 50th Circuit Court, and assists in Friend of the Court collection matters. Provide resume and references to Public Defender Jennifer France, 325 Court Street, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 Application will be accepted until position filled. EOE

  • 7/2/2019 - Staff Attorney (multiple positions), Alaska Public Defender Agency - Bethel, Kodiak, and Kenai, AK 

The Alaska Public Defender Agency is currently hiring staff attorneys for its Bethel, Kodiak and Kenai offices. Trial attorneys for the Alaska Public Defender Agency provide court-appointed legal representation to indigent individuals in criminal cases. Applicants must possess outstanding writing and analytical skills and be able to work independently to research and compose legal briefs as well as possess strong oral advocacy skills and clinical/trial practicum experience. Applicants must be admitted to the Alaska bar, be willing to sit for the next Alaska Bar exam, or be eligible for bar admission by reciprocity. Prior legal experience preferred. Salary range is commensurate with experience. Job provides excellent state benefits. If interested, please submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample of 15 pages or less, and three references by email to Jin Chong at jin.chong@alaska.gov. The legal writing sample should reflect the applicant's own work without significant revision from others. Applications will be accepted until July 31st.

The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Maine is accepting applications for the full time position of Assistant Federal Public Defender in Portland, Maine. The position primarily involves legal representation of those charged with criminal offenses who cannot afford private counsel in the United States District Court for the District of Maine.

Federal Defenders of New York (FDNY) is seeking applicants for a trial attorney position in our Manhattan office. FDNY is a federal public defender office that provides legal representation to indigent persons accused of federal crimes in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Applicants must have a minimum of two years of legal experience. Fluency in Spanish a plus.

  • 6/24/2019 - State Public Defender, Louisiana Public Defender Board - Baton Rouge, LA 

The Louisiana Public Defender Board is accepting resumes for State Public Defender.  Qualifications are in accordance with La. R.S. 15:152 and 15:150(B).  Resumes, required references and writing samples should be sent to Chair C. Frank Holthaus, via mail or email, Suite 700, 301 Main St., Baton Rouge, LA, 70801, or employment@lpdb.la.gov. Application deadline is August 20. Review the full job description.

  • 6/6/2019 - Voter Protection & Election Security Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice - New York, NY 

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice. The Brennan Center seeks an experienced attorney to join its team in the Democracy Program working on issues related to voter protection and election security. The Center’s secure elections project works to ensure free and fair elections, so that vulnerabilities in our election infrastructure and problems in administering election systems do not serve to deprive Americans of their right to vote. For more information about this position, click here (PDF) and apply here.

  • 6/4/2019 - Appellate Court Attorney, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals - Fresno, CA 

The California Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District, is seeking an Appellate Court Attorney in chambers is ideal for the attorney with exceptional research, analytical, and writing skills, who is seeking meaningful legal work at the appellate level in a locale with a reasonable cost of living, easy commute, and satisfying lifestyle. The attorney’s duties include, but are not limited to, drafting research memoranda and proposed opinions involving criminal and civil appeals and original proceedings. In support of these activities, the attorney will review appellate briefs and trial records and research and analyze applicable law. The level of appointment and starting salary will be commensurate with experience. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for earliest consideration. For more information about this position, click here (PDF) or here.

  • 5/28/2019 - Senior Staff Attorney, Root & Rebound - Oakland, CA 

Root & Rebound (R&R) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, based in Oakland, CA, that works to restore and protect the rights, dignity, and opportunities of formerly incarcerated people and people impacted by the criminal justice system. R&R seeks a Bay Area Senior Staff Attorney to deepen and broaden our regional legal programs--expanding our direct legal services, growing partnerships and increasing impact. Utilizing a variety of community lawyering strategies including legal clinics, legal hotline, court representation, public education and community workshops, impact litigation and policy advocacy, the attorney will support people impacted by mass incarceration to navigate the collateral consequences of justice system involvement. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 4/30/2019 - Attorney, Capital Habeas Unit, Federal Public Defender Northern District of Florida - Tallahassee, FL 

The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Florida is accepting applications for a Research & Writing Specialist position in the Capital Habeas Unit, located in Tallahassee, Florida. The CHU represents death-sentenced prisoners in federal habeas corpus proceedings. CHU Attorneys provide advanced legal research, writing, and case development advocacy. The duties of our attorneys include analyzing the latest developments in habeas corpus and criminal law and applying this knowledge to develop case strategies; drafting legal documents; analyzing case records; maintaining client contact; and assisting with case investigation. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 4/30/2019 - Paralegal, Capital Habeas Unit, Federal Public Defender Northern District of Florida - Tallahassee, FL 

The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Florida is accepting applications for a Paralegal position in the Capital Habeas Unit, located in Tallahassee, Florida. The CHU represents death-sentenced prisoners in federal habeas corpus proceedings. The CHU paralegal will be responsible for vital litigation tasks, including collecting evidence, exhibits, and information relating to criminal offenses and clients’ life histories. This position will compile and maintain digests and indexes of substantive records; assist with overall data management; provide litigation and investigation support; and develop and maintain banks of substantive pleadings. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 4/25/2019 - Communications Director, Legal Aid Justice Center - Charlottesville, VA 

LAJC is seeking an experienced attorney to develop, lead, support, and supervise its impact advocacy campaigns. The ideal candidate will have significant litigation experience, as well as demonstrated experience working with directly impacted community leaders on anti-poverty and racial justice initiatives. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Director of Litigation & Advocacy (working title) will work to advance LAJC’s ambitious agenda to achieve economic, racial, and social justice throughout the state. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 4/25/2019 - Director of Litigation & Advocacy, Legal Aid Justice Center - Charlottesville, VA 

LAJC is seeking an experienced attorney to develop, lead, support, and supervise its impact advocacy campaigns. The ideal candidate will have significant litigation experience, as well as demonstrated experience working with directly impacted community leaders on anti-poverty and racial justice initiatives. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Director of Litigation & Advocacy (working title) will work to advance LAJC’s ambitious agenda to achieve economic, racial, and social justice throughout the state. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 4/17/2019 - In-Prison Programs Attorney, Root & Rebound - Oakland, CA 

The In-Prison Programs Attorney will develop, facilitate, and enhance R&R’s reentry legal education and reentry services for people in CA state prisons and jails preparing to return home--mitigating the issues that thousands of people face each year when released, through early and impactful support. The In-Prison Programs Attorney will be responsible for managing in-prison programming in two CA prisons (one for men where R&R has existing programs and one for women where the organization is expanding). This position is based out of our headquarters office in Oakland, CA. Over the course of the year, expect to travel into prisons and jails approximately 2-4 days each month, including regular weekend and evening programming. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 4/9/2019 - Assistant Federal Public Defender, Appellate Division, Federal Public Defender, Western District of North Carolina - Charlotte, NC 

The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of North Carolina is accepting applications for an Assistant Federal Public Defender to join our appellate team. The Federal Public Defender 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 to individuals unable to afford counsel. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 4/9/2019 - CJA Coordinating Attorney, Federal Public Defender, Western District of North Carolina - Charlotte, NC 

The Office of the Federal Public Defender Western District North Carolina (Charlotte), is hiring a Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Coordinating Attorney to serve the Western District of North Carolina 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 Western District of North Carolina, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 4/9/2019 - Deputy Public Defender, La Paz County Public Defender's Office - Parker, AZ 

The La Paz County Public Defender's Office is accepting applications for a Deputy Public Defender. The Public Defender's Office defends indigent clients charged with felonies in La Paz County Superior Court and with misdemeanors in three Justice Courts. Applicants must be able to effectively communicate orally and in writing, have the ability to analyze and organize factual information, and make persuasive legal arguments. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 4/8/2019 - Assistant Public Defender, Chippewa County Public Defender - Sault Ste Marie, MI 

Under supervision of the Chief Public Defender, the Assistant Public Defender provides legal representation to indigent persons charged with a criminal offense in the 91st District Court, 50th Circuit Court, and assists in Friend of the Court collection matters. Provide resume and references to Public Defender Jennifer France, 325 Court Street, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 Application will be accepted until position filled. EOE. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 3/5/2019 - Assistant Public Defender, 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. This position will focus on jury trials, bench trials, an extensive motion practice with some appellate work possible. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 2/14/2019 - Reentry Attorney, Rights, Equity and Law Project, Root & Rebound - San Bernardino, CA 

Root & Rebound (R&R) works to restore and protect the rights, dignity, and opportunities of formerly incarcerated people and people affected by the criminal justice system. Our 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. R&R is thrilled to be hiring a Reentry Attorney for the Rights, Equity and Law (R.E.A.L. Project) who will be based at the Time for Change Foundation (TFCF) in San Bernardino, to help formerly incarcerated women and their children and families navigate and overcome legal barriers stemming from past criminal justice system involvement. TFCF is an organization that supports women to recover from homelessness, drug addiction, mental and physical abuse, family separation and the effects of incarceration. By embedding a holistically trained R&R Reentry Attorney at TFCF’s office, TFCF will be able to provide even stronger wraparound support to its housing residents, program members, and strengthen the broader San Bernardino reentry infrastructure. Learn more about TFCF here. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 2/13/2019 - Capital Crimes Attorney, Metropolitan Public Defender, Inc. - Portland, OR 

Metropolitan Public Defender, Inc. is seeking an experienced full time capital case qualified attorney to join its capital team as soon as possible. This group handles Oregon death penalty cases from MPD offices in Portland and Hillsboro, Oregon. Compensation includes a competitive salary, excellent benefits, a healthy team environment, and a manageable caseload. To apply please send a cover letter and current resume, as well as any questions, to: gscholl@mpdlaw.com. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 2/6/2019 - Director of Impact, Pretrial Justice Institute - Flexible (Work Remotely) 

The Pretrial Justice Institute is seeking a Director of Impact to provide a unique leadership opportunity to take a thriving non-profit organization engaged in transformational pretrial justice work to a new level of influence and change. The Director of Impact is responsible for PJI’s technical assistance portfolio, including policy advocacy and implementation support at the state and local level, with the goal of measurable improvements in pretrial systems. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 11/29/2018 - Stop Hate Project Director, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law - Washington, DC 

The Lawyer’s Committee seeks a Project Director for the Stop Hate Project. The Stop Hate Project works to strengthen the capacity of community leaders, law enforcement, and organizations around the country to combat hate by connecting these groups with established legal and social services resources and creating new ones in response to identified needs. The Lawyers’ Committee is looking for a Project Director with the knowledge, creativity, leadership, and drive to continue to develop and implement innovative approaches to confront incidents of hate and intolerance. The Stop Hate Project seeks a skilled manager and project director with experience in hate crimes or other related areas of law or public policy, and experience managing a team. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 11/16/2018 - Policy Analyst (Program Specialist), Texas Indigent Defense Commission - Austin, TX 

The Texas Indigent Defense Commission is seeking a Program Specialist who will plan, develop, and implement TIDC’s policy monitoring program. Work involves providing highly complex (senior-level) consultative and technical assistance work to staff, government agencies, community organizations, and the public. Responsibilities include (1) evaluating indigent defense systems and procedures; (2) fostering accountability and quality legal representation; and (3) promoting compliance with the Fair Defense Act, rules promulgated by TIDC, and other applicable laws. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 11/16/2018 - Executive Assistant, Texas Indigent Defense Commission - Austin, TX 

The Texas Indigent Defense Commission is seeking an Executive Assistant who will perform advanced (senior-level) professional assistance work. Work involves overseeing high-level administrative operations of an agency or division, assigning and/or supervising the work of others, and working under limited supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 11/13/2018 - Associate, Law Offices of Nellie King - West Palm Beach, FL 

Criminal defense firm in West Palm Beach, Florida, seeks associate with minimum of 3 years’ experience in criminal defense. Outstanding opportunity to work with established firm handling serious matters. Firm seeks someone with strong pre-trial motion and trial skills. Excellent writing skills also a must. Send resume, references, and writing sample to lawjobinquiry@yahoo.com.

  • 11/13/2018 - Guantanamo Defense Attorney, Military Commissions Defense Organization - Crystal City, VA 

A trial team at the Military Commissions Defense Organization, which is essentially the public defender’s office for detainees at Guantanamo Bay, is hiring a civilian GS 15 attorney to be part of the litigation team. This team represents Nashwan al-Tamir, who is charged under the name Hadi al-Iraqi, with numerous war crimes and terrorism charges arising from events in Afghanistan in the mid 2000s. He has been held in Guantanamo Bay for more than ten years. The case involves active litigation before a Guantanamo Military Commission involving international human rights law, criminal defense, international law of war, and constitutional issues. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

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