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Assistant Federal Public Defender - Diversity Fellow
The Fellowship Program will seek to enhance the quality of representation provided under the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) by creating a pipeline of diverse attorneys qualified to join Federal Defender Offices or CJA panels. Diversity among CJA counsel supports the cultural competency necessary to meet the needs of a diverse clientele and can lead to better case outcomes by fostering greater trust on the part of CJA clients.

The Fellowship Program will place 12 fellows in Federal Defender host offices across the country for two years, during which fellows will gain federal criminal defense training and experience to allow them to represent clients in non-capital CJA cases. Fellows will matriculate as a class. Each class will have a number of opportunities for joint training, mentorship, and other group activities.

About Federal Defender Offices
Skilled collaboration, strategic litigation, compassionate representation, and unique approaches to the issues affecting our clients are among the values we aim to foster in federal defenders and CJA panel attorneys. Because no single person can do this work alone, you will work with experienced lawyers, mitigations specialists, paralegals, investigators, and administrative support staff.

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Position: Assistant Federal Public Defender - Diversity Fellow
Organization: Defender Services Office, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
Location: Various,   
United States
Salary: Fellows will receive a salary and benefits. The salary range for non-capital fellows will be the Judiciary Salary Plan (JSP) 11/1, 12/1, or 13/1, depending on experience, which is comparable to the fe
Posting Start Date:
Date Posted: 12/22/2021
Requirements The Diversity Fellowship Program is open to graduating 3L students and recent law school graduates. A successful Fellow must be a talented advocate and legal writer, possess research skills, be team oriented, and be committed to public defense or related public interest law work.

Application deadline: January 7, 2022
Fellows begin September, 2022
Status: This listing expires on: 3/22/2022
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Defender Services Office, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts

Various,   20544
United States
Dawn Scott, Program Manager, Diversity Fellowship Program