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  • 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).

  • 2/27/2019 - Grants Program Manager, Utah Indigent Defense Commission - Salt Lake City, UT 

The Utah Indigent Defense Commission (IDC) is seeking a Grants Program Manager to support its small unique office.  The Grants Program Manager will administer and monitor the IDC's grant program of state appropriations to local governments through all phases, including evaluation, proposal development, implementation, and quarterly reporting. Reporting to the IDC Director, the Grants Program Manager will, among other tasks, train local governments on reporting requirements, monitor compliance, serve as primary contact to grantees, ensure accurate accounting, and conceptualize and implement changes to the program. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 2/27/2019 - Appellate Court Attorney, California Court of Appeals, Sixth Appellate District - San Jose, CA 

The California Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District, is accepting applications for an Appellate Court Attorney position. The position is being recruited at levels B to Senior and will be staffed at a level commensurate with the qualifications of the selected individuals. Duties of an attorney include drafting bench memoranda and opinions in assigned cases and reviewing memoranda and proposed opinions. These responsibilities require that the attorney carefully and accurately review appellate briefs, trial records, and other documents; thoroughly research and analyze existing law; draft clear, concise, and well-organized memoranda and proposed opinions; and make recommendations regarding the resolution of legal issues before the court within assigned deadlines. 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).

  • 2/13/2019 - Assistant Federal Defender, Eastern District of Missouri - St. Louis, MO 

The Office of the Federal Defender for the Eastern District of Missouri has an opening for an Assistant Federal Defender. Applicant must have the ability to immediately undertake the defense of major criminal cases in the United States District Court, as well as in the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Fluent Spanish is a plus. An Assistant Federal Defender may not engage in the private practice of law. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 2/7/2019 - Capital Habeas Attorney, Georgia Resource Center - Atlanta, GA 

The Georgia Resource Center (GRC) seeks a highly-motivated, team-oriented attorney with at least three years of post-conviction, appellate, and/or capital litigation experience to help advance GRC’s mission to provide high-quality, client-centered representation to death-sentenced prisoners throughout their post-conviction proceedings. Established in 1988, GRC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit law office that represents death-sentenced prisoners in their state and federal habeas corpus proceedings and in clemency proceedings before the State Board of Pardons and Paroles. As part of the defense team, the attorney will undertake all aspects of state and federal habeas corpus litigation and clemency proceedings. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 2/7/2019 - Executive Director, Georgia Resource Center - Atlanta, GA 

The Georgia Resource Center (GRC) represents death-sentenced prisoners in their state and federal habeas corpus proceedings and in clemency proceedings before the State Board of Pardons and Paroles. GRC seeks a highly experienced habeas attorney with outstanding litigation skills, a demonstrated commitment to excellence in indigent defense, and proven leadership and administrative ability to serve as its Executive Director. The Executive Director oversees the daily operations of GRC, provides mentorship and guidance to a staff of highly-motivated attorneys and investigators, develops and maintains relationships with local and national leaders in capital defense and criminal justice, and interfaces with the Board of Directors. The Executive Director also maintains an active caseload that is capped to reflect the Executive Director’s administrative and supervisory responsibilities. 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).

  • 2/5/2019 -  National Campaign Director, Fines & Fees Justice Center - New York City or Washington, DC 

The Fines & Fees Justice Center (FJCC) is looking for a talented and experienced person to serve as the National Campaign Director. FJCC is hoping to find a creative and strategic thinker already knowledgable about fines and fees. Based in either New York City or Washington, DC, the National Campaign Director will be principally responsible for working with and/or leading national coalitions that address fines and fees reform and for providing assistance to organizations, institutions and individuals who seek FFJC’s counsel on fines and fees reform across the country (outside of Florida and New York, where FFJC has staff). For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 2/4/2019 - Assistant Federal Public Defender (Appeals Unit), Western District of New York - Buffalo, NY 

The Federal Public Defender for the Western District of New York is now accepting applications for a Full Time Assistant Federal Public Defender (Appeals Unit) position in the Buffalo office. Responsibilities include preparing the record on appeal, brief and motion writing and oral argument before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The successful candidate will also support Assistant Federal Public Defenders in the Trial Unit by preparing pretrial motions, legal memoranda, including sentencing memoranda, examining and analyzing discovery, performing legal research and assisting with other all aspects of case preparation. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 1/23/2019 - Equity & Inclusion Director, Committee for Public Counsel Services - Boston, MA 

The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), the Massachusetts public defender agency, is seeking applications for its newly created position of Equity & Inclusion Director. The Equity & Inclusion Director will be responsible for advancing CPCS’s diversity and inclusion mission statement in meaningful and collaborative partnership with the Senior Management Team and staff agency-wide. Supporting CPCS’s efforts to better address racial and ethnic diversity and inclusion will be a major focus of the Director’s work. The Equity & Inclusion Director will be a member of the Senior Management Team, which develops and implements agency fiscal, operational, human resource, and legislative policies. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 12/27/2018 - Public Defenders, Colorado State Public Defender - Multiple Locations, CO 

The mission of OSPD is to defend and protect the rights, liberties, and dignity of those accused of crimes who cannot afford to retain counsel. We are hiring Attorneys to fill positions located in 21 Judicial Districts throughout the State of Colorado. The positions require criminal defense representation of indigent clients in judicial proceedings, which may include a variety of misdemeanors and felonies, juvenile and adult cases. Appointments will be made to fill current vacant positions as well as those allocated for appointment now through June 2019. For more information about these positions, click here (PDF).

  • 12/14/2018 - Criminal Justice Law Fellows, SMU Dedman School of Law Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center - Dallas, TX 

SMU Dedman School of Law seeks two (2) Law Fellows for the Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center starting in the Fall of 2019. The position will assist the Director in managing the Center's research and advocacy projects. Under the Director's supervision, the Law Fellow will maintain a strong substantive focus on a targeted national reform initiative. The Law Fellow will also support the Center's other projects and assist in Center programming. This position will help to build a dynamic, cutting-edge institution that promises to have a nationwide impact. The position is a one-year appointment with the opportunity for an additional year of service. For more information about this position, click here.

  • 11/29/2018 - Stop Hate Project Direcor, 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.

  • 11/15/2018 - Deputy/Senior Deputy Public Defender, Minnehaha County Public Defender's Office - Sioux Falls, SD 

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. Our attorneys have multiple jury trials each year and daily courtroom appearances. Responsibilities include coordinating efforts with a support team, maintaining client communications, regularly scheduled court appearances, and reviewing case-related documents. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  •  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).

  • 11/13/2018 - Director of Strategic Litigation, Committee for Public Counsel Services - Boston, MA 

The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), the Massachusetts public defender agency, is seeking a Director for its newly created Strategic Litigation Unit. The Strategic Litigation Unit will be responsible for litigation aimed at achieving systemic and institutional reform in all of CPCS’s criminal and civil practice areas. The Strategic Litigation Director will lead those efforts and will work with other attorneys, advocacy organizations, and clients to promote justice for and protect the rights of individuals who are parties in criminal and civil right-to-counsel proceedings. The Director’s work will involve criminal and civil litigation and administrative advocacy. Litigation will include both trial and appellate advocacy in state and federal court. The position will be posted until filled; preference will be given to candidates who apply prior to November 26, 2018. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 10/26/2018 - Training Attorney, California Appellate Project - San Francisco, CA 

The California Appellate Project (CAP) in San Francisco, California seeks to fill the job opening of CAP Training 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. The CAP Training Attorney organizes and conducts all of CAP’s legal trainings, including CAP trainings for appointed counsel; trainings co-sponsored with other capital defense organizations; and many internal trainings for CAP staff. The CAP Training Attorney also is responsible for the collection, development and posting of Training Materials for appointed attorneys. Competitive benefits. Salary commensurate with experience. For questions, contact Mary Jane Mona at mmona@capsf.org. For full job announcement and information on how to apply, click here.

  • 10/24/2018 - Research and Writing Specialist, Capital Habeas Unit, Office of the 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 an attorney position in the Capital Habeas Unit, located in Tallahassee, Florida. The CHU represents death-sentenced prisoners in federal habeas corpus proceedings. Attorneys provide advanced legal research, writing, and case development services. The duties of our attorneys include analyzing the latest developments in habeas corpus and criminal law and procedure and applying this knowledge to develop case strategies; drafting petitions, motions, memoranda of law, and appellate briefs; analyzing and researching transcripts and other records; maintaining client contact; assisting with case investigation by gathering records, traveling, meeting with witnesses; and working with expert witnesses. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

  • 09/20/2018 - Data Scientist (Research Director), Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center - Dallas, TX 

The Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center seeks a Data Scientist with a passion for criminal justice reform. The Deason Center is a research and policy center that uses a 'stats and stories' approach to create data-driven research and drive criminal justice reform. The Research Director will support existing Center research and will design innovative new data studies. Working closely with local, state, and national, criminal justice stakeholders, the Research Director will acquire, analyze, and publish qualitative and quantitative criminal justice assessments that will inform criminal justice policy and practice. For more information about this position, click here (PDF) or here.

  • 08/02/2018 - Investigator, State of Tennessee 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. The investigator will work on a team with attorneys and a paralegal to develop both guilt/innocence and mitigation claims on behalf of clients. The investigator’s primary duties will include extensive record review; creation and/or maintenance of core case documents such as witness lists and timelines; identifying, locating, and interviewing witnesses relevant to both the offense and the client’s social history; as well as drafting different types of memoranda and reports. For more information about this position, click here (PDF).

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