Assistant Federal Public Defender - Habeas
Do you seek rewarding work with a social justice mission? The Federal Public Defender for the District of Oregon is accepting applications from experienced criminal defense attorneys to join the Office of the Federal Public Defender in advocating for indigent defendants in federal court as an Assistant Federal Public Defender focused on habeas cases in our Portland
- Represent indigent individuals that have filed habeas petitions under 28 U.S.C. § 2254 and § 2255 and/or are charged with violating federal criminal statutes.
- Appear in court before magistrate judges, district court judges and appellate court judges.
- Write original, substantive briefs, motions, and other legal documents in a timely manner as required in the course of representation.
- Advocate for clients from diverse backgrounds, including those with histories of trauma, mental health, and/or substance abuse issues.
- Work in teams with investigators, paralegals, legal assistants, social workers, and contracted experts.
- Support clients with holistic problem-solving throughout the life of their case, as well as with reentry into the community.
- Maintain frequent client contact in person, by phone, and in writing.
- Travel to visit clients, support investigation, appear in court or for other case and training related reasons.
This is a full-time attorney position with federal judiciary salary and benefits based on qualifications and experience. Starting salary ranges from $70,853 to $166,244 based on experience and qualifications in accordance with the Defender Services Office 2022 AFPD Salary charts. AFPD salary is subject to merit and cost of living increases. Current federal employees are subject to salary matching rules per Judiciary policy.
Compensation also includes 11 paid federal holidays, 13 paid sick days annually, and 13 paid vacation days annually (to start), health insurance, life insurance, retirement contribution, and the Thrift Savings Plan. More information on federal judiciary employee benefits can be found at https://www.uscourts.gov/careers/benefits
How to Apply:
Interested applicants should e-mail a letter of interest and resume that demonstrate that they meet the required qualifications, a legal writing sample, and three references in a .pdf document
to the attention of:
Travis Southworth-Neumeyer, Personnel Administrator
Subject: Habeas AFPD – Portland
Applications received prior to April 1 will be given priority; applications will be reviewed as they are received. One or more AFPD positions may be filled from this announcement, subject to need and budget approval. Competitive candidates will be invited to interview either in person or via Zoom. All responses will remain confidential. Only candidates in consideration for this position will be contacted.
We encourage applications from individuals with diverse perspectives, especially people historically underrepresented in the practice of law.
The Federal Public Defender’s Office is committed to improving diversity in the legal profession. The nature of our work leads us to recruit colleagues who demonstrate experience with, knowledge of, and sensitivity to the needs of culturally diverse and systemically oppressed populations.
The Federal Public Defender is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
No phone calls please.
See FAQ at http://or.fd.org/content/employment for additional information and requirements.