Assistant Federal Public Defender



The Federal Public Defender, District of New Jersey, is accepting applications for an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Newark office. The Federal Public Defender operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C., section 3006A, to provide defense services in federal criminal cases and related matters in the federal courts. The office is part of the Judicial Branch of the government. The position, therefore, is considered at will and is not covered by the Civil Service Reform Act.

An Assistant Federal Public Defender must be: (1) a graduate of an accredited law school, and admitted to practice in good standing before the highest court of a state; (2) licensed to practice in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, or must become so licensed at the earliest opportunity after entrance on duty; and (3) licensed to practice law in the state of New Jersey, or must become so licensed at the earliest opportunity after entrance on duty. Applicants must have a minimum of three years criminal law experience, strong research and writing skills, a commitment to the representation of indigent and disadvantaged clients, and a reputation for personal integrity. Appointment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation, including an IRS tax check and an FBI name and fingerprint check.

Salary is dependent upon qualifications and years of experience. Federal Defender attorneys may not engage in the private practice of law. The position requires travel for training, investigation and litigation. Qualified persons may apply by emailing a letter of interest, resume, three references, and a recent writing sample – not to exceed 10 pages – in a single .pdf document to

To be considered, the application materials must be received in this format no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 22, 2015.

The Federal Public Defender is an equal-opportunity employer.
Positions are subject to funding availability.

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