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Assistant Federal Defender - Chattanooga, TN
Who We Are
We work to keep people out of prison and to stop state executions by adhering to our office’s mission and core values—compassion, courage, competency, creativity, and collaboration—when representing clients. Our clients are indigent defendants charged with federal crimes ranging from drug offenses to white?collar conspiracies and clients who have been sentenced to death. We practice holistic defense lawyering to protect our clients’ rights and champion their humanity at every stage of the criminal case and beyond. Federal Defender Services of Eastern Tennessee (FDSET) seeks to attract and retain a high-performing and diverse workforce to serve our clients. We foster an inclusive work environment that promotes commitment, flexibility, and fairness.
The Job
We are in need of a full-time Assistant Federal Defender in our Chattanooga office located at 835 Georgia Avenue, Suite 600, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402.  Our clients face a range of criminal charges, including drug, firearms, fraud, sex, and immigration offenses.
Duties
Responsibilities include managing a full caseload; preparing pleadings, motions and briefs; reviewing discovery documents, interviewing witnesses, developing litigation strategies, meeting with clients; working with experts; assisting CJA panel attorneys; and appearing on behalf of clients in court. The position requires a personal vehicle and insurance for travel for jail visits, investigation, and training.  Assistant Federal Defenders may not engage in the private practice of law.
SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION
Qualified individuals may apply by sending ALL the following documents in PDF format to Sharon_Buckingham@fd.org by Wednesday, July 27, 2022.  No telephone calls, please.
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Three References
An email confirming receipt of the application materials will be sent to all applicants. Only those selected for interviews will receive further communication.
FDSET VALUES A DIVERSE WORKFORCE AND IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Position: Assistant Federal Defender - Chattanooga, TN
Organization: Federal Defender Services of Eastern Tennessee, Inc. (Knoxville, TN)
Location: Knoxville,  TN 
United States
Salary:
Posting Start Date: 7/20/2022
Date Posted: 7/20/2022
Requirements J.D. degree from an accredited law school; must be an active member in good standing of a state bar; Tennessee bar not required but encouraged; licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court by the time of entrance on duty, proficiency in Spanish a plus.  Applicants must have substantial criminal trial experience (at least three years) with strong writing and advocacy skills; general working knowledge of federal criminal trial practice and federal sentencing; a reputation for personal and professional integrity; a commitment to the representation of indigent defendants; and an ability to work well in a team environment.  Applicants must also possess the ability to communicate effectively with clients, witnesses, colleagues, staff, and court and agency personnel as part of their employment.
Status: This listing expires on: 10/18/2022
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Organization Information
Name:
Federal Defender Services of Eastern Tennessee, Inc. (Knoxville, TN)
Address:
800 South Gay Street
Suite 2400
Knoxville,  TN 37929-9714
United States
Email:
Sharon_Buckingham@fd.org
Phone:
(865) 637-7979
Fax:
Contact:
Sharon Buckingham, Personnel Administrator