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Job Details for Assistant Federal Public Defender

Court Name/Organization: Florida Southern Federal Public Defender
Location: Miami, FL
Opening and Closing Dates: 09/28/2021 - Open Until Filled
Appointment Type: N/A
Classification Level/Grade: AD Level 21
Salary: $68,000 - $105,000
Link to Court Careers Information: https://fpdsouthflorida.org/employment
Position Description

An Assistant Federal Public Defender must be a graduate of an accredited law school, and have admission and good standing in a state bar; or who is pending admission to a bar but must be licensed by November 2022.

Duties: This is an Assistant Federal Public Defender position for an attorney with little to no legal experience. This position is designed to provide the qualified candidate with intensive training and mentoring. The candidate will be learning to handle criminal cases from inception to either trial or sentencing, or both. Initial case assignments will be simple (supervised release violations and petty offenses) with case assignments becoming increasingly more complex as the attorney is trained. An AFPD may not engage in the private practice of law.

Qualification

The successful applicant must have a demonstrated capacity or aptitude for excellence in trial and appellate practice, and a commitment to the representation of indigent accused persons. This position also requires strong writing abilities, excellent research skills, proficiency in computer-assisted legal research; word processing capability and time management skills.

Selection Criteria: The successful applicant must have a demonstrated capacity or aptitude for excellence in trial and appellate practice, and a commitment to the representation of indigent accused persons. This position also requires strong writing abilities, excellent research skills, proficiency in computer-assisted legal research; word processing capability and time management skills.

Benefits

The selected candidate will be subject to a background check as a condition of employment.

This is a full-time, temporary position not to exceed one year and one day, and federal salary and benefits apply. Salary commensurate with Assistant United States Attorneys for the Southern District of Florida. This position is subject to mandatory electronic transfer (direct deposit) of net pay.

How To Apply

No telephone calls please.

Please submit in PDF format as one attachment. Qualified persons may apply by submitting a letter of interest outlining experience; background in criminal law; and interest in the field of criminal defense; resume and one writing sample to:

Raysa Gonzalez
Human Resources Specialist
Federal Public Defender’s Office
150 West Flagler Street, Suite 1500
Miami, Florida 33130

Or via e-mail to: Raisa_Gonzalez@fd.org.

Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Hiring for this position is subject to the availability of funds in the final appropriation. Applications will be received until the position is filled. All responses will remain confidential. 

The federal Judiciary is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.