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Criminal Defense Investigator
Investigators work as part of the Federal Defenders team, representing indigent persons in federal criminal cases. A staff investigator independently plans and conducts complete investigations by identifying, locating and interviewing witnesses; analyzing and organizing documents and electronic information; serving subpoenas; providing litigation support inside and outside of the courtroom; and developing sentencing mitigation. Some travel is required. Must be proficient in understanding and analyzing forensic evidence; understanding law enforcement protocols. An investigator presents findings in reports and may be called upon to testify in court.
Position: Criminal Defense Investigator
Organization: Federal Defenders, NY
Location: Brooklyn,  NY 
United States
Salary: Salary consistent with federal pay scale
Posting Start Date:
Date Posted: 10/12/2018
Requirements A qualified candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, a very high level of computer proficiency, and the ability and willingness to evaluate complex facts.

Candidates with computer forensic backgrounds are strongly desired. A demonstrated interest in social justice, civil rights, and/or indigent defense is an important factor to be considered for this type of work. Candidates must either possess a Bachelor’s Degree, or have criminal investigative or law enforcement experience equivalent to a college degree. You must be curious, persistent, concerned about the biases of our criminal justice system, and able to empathize with defendants and their families. You must be willing to submit to the federal background check in order to view classified evidence.

Your cover letter should show your qualifications as follows:
• Your knowledge of the basic principles and techniques of investigating. Please detail your knowledge of criminal defense investigations.
• Your skill in conducting interviews and recognizing, exploring, and exploiting leads.
• Your skill in communicating clearly both orally and in writing. How to Apply: You must submit by e-mail to NYS_Investigatorhiring@fd.org a complete application package which includes: (1) a cover letter, and (2) a resume. Deadline for applications is November 2, 2018. No telephone calls please.
Status: This listing expires on: 1/10/2019
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Federal Defenders, NY

Brooklyn,  NY 11201
United States
Sarah Howard


July 1, 2018: General Registration opens for the “WE THE DEFENDERS” TRAINING CONFERENCE,  November 26-29, 2018, Indianapolis, IN

Due to overwhelming demand, NAPD will again offer this comprehensive Investigator and Social Worker/Sentencing Advocate training experience! The program will include one track for Investigators and a separate track for Social Worker/Sentencing Advocates.  Hear from nationally recognized experts who will share their knowledge on a wide range of topics relevant to the work you do each and every day.  Network with other criminal defense practitioners from around the country and find your tribe. Registration closes Septemebr 3.
This one of a kind conference is developed through surveys of the registrants.   You have a say in what sessions are offered and will have multiple options during the conference.
Click here to watch as the schedule develops based on your suggestions.
Click here to see the faculty list. 
Click here to register for the Investigator Conference Track.
Click here to register for the Social Worker/Sentencing Advocate Conference Track.
Click here to make a hotel reservation at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.

January 23, 2018: In response to US Attorney General Jeff Session's reversal of prior policy on the imposition of fines and fees for criminal defendants, NAPD submitted the following letter on behalf of the public defender community. You can read the letter HERE

January 17, 2018: The 2018 NAPD Investigators Conference and 2018 Social Workers & Sentencing Advocates Institute (March 26-29, 2018 in Denver, CO) are now at full capacity and closed for registration. A wait list is being developed.

November 28, 2017: NAPD has uploaded videos of the presentations from the 2017 NAPD Workloads Conference in St. Louis (held November 17-18). Members can access these valuable presentations on MyGideon by logging into their NAPD account.