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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 office.
  • 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.
Position: Assistant Federal Public Defender - Habeas
Organization: Federal Public Defender, District of Oregon
Location: Portland,  OR 
United States
Salary: $70,853 to $166,244 DOE
Posting Start Date:
Date Posted: 3/9/2022
Requirements Required Qualifications:
Applicants must have:
  • The knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to immediately represent habeas petitioners and other clients in cases in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.
  • Graduated from an accredited law school and be active members in good standing of the bar in any state, territory or possession of the United States.
  • At least 3 years of state-level criminal defense practice. - OR - One or more years of federal criminal defense practice experience. Federal judicial clerkships may be counted towards this requirement.
  • Strong written and oral advocacy skills.
  • A proven commitment to indigent criminal defense.
  • Demonstrated exceptional organizational skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication, technology, and interpersonal skills.
  • A demonstrated commitment to and comfort working with diverse communities and with clients from a range of backgrounds.
Preferred Qualifications:
Preferred qualifications include:
  • Additional experience handling criminal cases at the trial, appellate level, or on collateral review in state or federal court.
  • Criminal defense appellate experience.
  • Oregon criminal defense experience.
  • Experience litigating and defending federal habeas corpus cases.
  • Spanish-language skills.
Status: This listing expires on: 6/7/2022
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Federal Public Defender, District of Oregon
101 SW Main St
Suite 1700
Portland,  OR 97204
United States
Travis Southworth-Neumeyer