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Assistant Federal Public Defender - Colorado Trial Division

The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Districts of Colorado and Wyoming seeks an experienced trial attorney to join our Denver office. The Office of the Public Defender operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act (18 U.S.C. § 3006A) to represent individuals who are unable to afford counsel and are prosecuted in our federal courts. Our office is committed to serving the distinct needs of these individuals with a diverse group of dedicated professionals who collaborate with, listen to, and advocate on behalf of one another. We welcome and value individuals of any race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, disability, age, veteran status, and other status protected by law.

Job Description: This is a full-time position, dedicated to all stages of the magistrate and district court proceedings. Our attorneys are expected to be zealous advocates of the highest caliber, devoted to the defense of low-income clients and the enforcement of the Bill of Rights. Our robust litigation practice challenges every stage of the criminal proceeding, from bond hearings, pretrial motions, jury trials, and sentencings to post-conviction retroactive relief projects. Because mitigation is a core component of our work, our attorneys, investigators, and support staff collaborate on every case.

Position: Assistant Federal Public Defender - Colorado Trial Division
Organization: Office of the Federal Public Defender, Districts of Colorado and Wyoming
Location: Denver,  CO 
United States
Salary: $76,551 - $179,616
Posting Start Date: 1/11/2023
Date Posted: 1/11/2023

Qualifications: To qualify for this position, an applicant must be 1) a graduate of an accredited law school; 2) licensed by the highest court of a state, federal territory, or the District of Columbia; 3) a member in good standing in all courts where admitted to practice; and 4) a United States citizen, or a person authorized to work in the United States and receive compensation from this agency. Defender attorneys may not engage in the private practice of law.

Applicants must have at least five years of substantial experience in criminal defense. Substantial experience includes primary responsibility for jury trials in felony cases, previous work with scientific expert witnesses (including challenges and examinations), dispositive motions practice, sentencing mitigation, and management of voluminous discovery. Superior research and writing and oral advocacy skills are required. A strong and established work ethic, a demonstrated commitment to criminal defense, a team-oriented professional demeanor, and a reputation for personal integrity are essential.

Employment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation, including an FBI name and fingerprint check.

Salary and Benefits: This is an "Excepted Appointment" full-time position with federal benefits and salary commensurate with experience and qualifications within the range of AD-21 to AD-29 ($76,551 - $179,616). Among the many benefits are the Federal Employees Retirement System, the Thrift Savings Plan (401k), paid annual and sick leave, 11 paid federal holidays, and health, life, disability, long-term care, dental, and vision insurance. Salary is payable only by direct deposit.

How to Apply: Apply via email to the attention of Veronica Knights, Personnel Administrator, at employment@cofpd.org. Applications must include a letter of interest, resume, and writing sample, which is solely your work, in .pdf format. Subject reference should be AFPD Position – Colorado Trial Division. Interviews will be conducted in person or via videoconference. No phone calls, please.

Status: This listing expires on: 4/11/2023
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Office of the Federal Public Defender, Districts of Colorado and Wyoming

Denver,  CO 80202
United States
Veronica Knights