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Capital Appellate Defender
Attorney- The Kansas Capital Appellate Defender Office is accepting applications for a qualified Capital Attorney position.

Who We Are: The Capital Appellate Defender Office (CADO) is a close-knit office operating in the Kansas Public Defense system consisting of three attorneys once this position is filled and one support staff. Our mission is to provide high quality, client-centered, zealous appellate advocacy in the State system for people sentenced to death, as well as other high-complexity felony appeals. Our office is located in Topeka, Kansas.

Duties: The primary duties of the attorney position are to analyze case records, research legal issues, and draft and file appellate briefs on behalf of indigent clients. The attorney position works closely with co-counsel as a team on the cases assigned to the office. Additional duties include positive communication with clients, and maintaining substantial understanding of the relevant law governing capital cases. The attorney must be able to maintain communication with co-counsel while working remotely, including the use of Zoom or other web-based programs.

Annual salary is $55,683-$65,000, dependent on relevant experience.
Position: Capital Appellate Defender
Organization: Kansas State Board of Indigents' Defense Services
Location: Topeka,  KS 
United States
Salary: $55,683-$65,000
Posting Start Date: 12/30/2021
Date Posted: 12/30/2021
Requirements Requirements: A candidate for this position must have a commitment to indigent defense and the defense of people sentenced to death. Some experience in criminal defense at the trial, post-conviction or appellate level is required.

Preference will be given to candidates with a minimum of three years criminal defense experience, especially those with prior experience with capital defense, the Kansas appellate system, or Kansas criminal defense.

Candidates must be a graduate of an accredited law school and an active member in good standing of the Kansas bar or able to seek admission to the Kansas Bar immediately upon hire and prior to any employment start date.

A candidate for this position must be able to effectively interact with clients, co-workers, and other colleagues in a respectful and appropriate manner and must have a keenly developed set of professional ethics. Although the position may allow for some remote work, the candidate must have the ability to travel to Topeka, Kansas for court appearances and other matters.

Please be aware that if an offer of employment is made, actual employment is subject to two pre-employment conditions which include:
  • Confirmation of active Kansas license in good standing and/or successful admission to the Kansas Bar.
  • Governor’s salary approval.
Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate Required: Each applicant (even non-residents) applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a valid Kansas Certificate of Tax Clearance by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue's website. A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual's account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days. All applicants, including current state employees, are responsible for submitting a valid certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency. This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03. If you need assistance with the tax clearance, please contact 785-296-3199. Visit the Tax Clearance site for more information on and where to obtain this Kansas Department of Revenue document.

Application Deadline: Open until filled.
Applications must be submitted Chief Appellate Defender Clayton Perkins via cperkins@sbids.org. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, original writing sample, and Kansas Tax Clearance Form (see above).

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The State of Kansas is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.
If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the agency recruiter.
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Status: This listing expires on: 3/30/2022
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Organization Information
Kansas State Board of Indigents' Defense Services
700 SW Jackson Street, Suite 903

Topeka,  KS 66603
United States
(785) 368-6587
(785) 296-2869
Chief Appellate Defender Clayton Perkins