Employment Opportunities within the Profession

 
  • 11/07/2017 - Program Director, The International Legal Foundation - New York, NY

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. 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 position of program director. For more information, click here.

  • 11/06/2017 - Attorney: Democracy Program, Brennan Center For Justice - NYC or DC 

The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a nonpartisan public policy and law institute that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice. The Brennan Center seeks an exceptional attorney to work in the Democracy Program, which focuses on four key issue areas: Voting Rights and Elections, Money in Politics, Redistricting, and Fair Courts. The attorney's principal project for the first year will involve an effort to analyze the steady erosion of uncodified norms of governance underpinning our democracy. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 11/03/2017 - Summer 2018 Legal Internships in NYC, Brennan Center For Justice - New York, NY 

The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a nonpartisan public policy and law institute that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice. The Brennan Center seeks law students to work alongside their staff in the New York office on the Brennan Center’s policy advocacy, research, and litigation initiatives. For more information about this opportunity, click here.

  • 11/01/2017 - State Policy Advocate, Innocence Project - Washington, DC 

The State Policy Advocate leads campaigns to change the laws, policies, and practices that contribute to the wrongful conviction of innocent people. A central goal of the Innocence Project is to reform the criminal justice system to prevent future injustices, and the advocates work state by state to pass laws that address deficiencies in the system that have been identified through the exoneration of innocent people. Working in legislatures, with law enforcement, local advocacy organizations and other stakeholders, the advocates lobby, build coalitions and create pressure for reform. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 11/01/2017 - Deputy Director of the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia (PSA) - Washington, DC - DEADLINE: November 27, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST 

The Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia (PSA) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Deputy Director. 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. Click here, for the formal announcement with the position’s duties, requirements, and qualifications (both professional/technical and executive core qualifications). 

  • 10/24/2017 - Training Director, Office of the Colorado State Public Defender - Denver, CO - DEADLINE: November 9, 2017 at 11:59 pm 

The Office of the Colorado State Public Defender is accepting applications for a Training Director in their Denver office. This is a full time position located in downtown Denver. The office is seeking a licensed attorney who will coordinate training programs for all professional and support staff in conjunction with the Lead Training Director and through the office's centralized training program that serves 21 trial offices and one appellate office within the State of Colorado. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 10/23/2017 - Assistant Federal Public Defender, Federal Public Defender District of Nevada - Las Vegas, NV 

The Federal Public Defender is accepting applications for an Assistant Federal Public Defender position in the Capital Habeas Unit. This is a full time position located in Las Vegas. Applicants must possess demonstrated commitment to poverty law or indigent criminal defense, strong writing, oral advocacy ability and experience in at least one of the following areas: criminal law especially in habeas corpus litigation, and/or complex federal court civil litigation. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 10/13/2017 - Assistant Public Defender, Office of the Public Defender - Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands - Saipan, CNMI 

The Office of the Public Defender of the Northern Mariana Islands 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.

  • 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.

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