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Research & Writing Specialist



Position: Research & Writing Specialist

Location: Topeka, Kansas City, Kansas, or Wichita

Deadline: August 30, 2020; open until filled

Who We Are

We work to keep people out of prison through representation, collaboration, and education. Our clients are indigent defendants charged with federal crimes ranging from drug crimes to white-collar crimes to terrorism. We practice holistic defense lawyering to protect our clients’ rights and champion their humanity at every stage of the criminal case and beyond.

The Kansas FPD seeks to attract and retain a high-performing and diverse workforce in an environment that promotes equity, inclusion, and fairness.

Join Our Team

We need an attorney to fill a full-time, temporary appointment (one year and one day, with the possibility of an extension) as a Research & Writing Specialist. Starting salary is JSP 11/1 at $64,660 to JSP 15/1 at $128,100, depending on experience, and includes generous federal benefits.

The Job

The Research & Writing Specialist will be assigned a wide range of challenging and satisfying work, including researching, analyzing, and writing trial motions and memoranda, jury instructions, and legal and policy memoranda. Some travel will be required.

Apply Now

Please send your letter of interest, resume, three professional references, and a recent writing sample in a single pdf document to ksfpd@fd.org, preference given to those resumes received by August 30, 2020. No phone calls, please.


Position: Research & Writing Specialist
Organization: Federal Public Defender
Location: Kansas City,  KS 
United States
Salary: Starting salary is JSP 11/1 at $64,660 to JSP 15/1 at $128,100,
Posting Start Date: 7/30/2020
Date Posted: 7/30/2020



You Must

Be a US citizen or eligible to work in the United States;

Be a graduate of an accredited law school;

Be licensed to practice in the federal courts;

Be in good standing in all states and courts where you are admitted to practice;

Have some criminal-defense or civil-rights experience;

Pass an FBI background check; and

Not engage in the private practice of law while working for the FPD.

It Would Be Great If You

Have a proven commitment to our mission;

Have experience in immigration or post-conviction litigation; and/or

Have experience working in or with the federal courts.

Status: This listing expires on: 10/28/2020
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Federal Public Defender
500 State Avenue

Kansas City,  KS 66101-2400
United States
Mary Summers