Career Opportunity – Western District of Pennsylvania


Posted: September 26, 2017
Closes: October 13, 2017

The Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Pennsylvania is accepting applications
for the position of Assistant Federal Public Defender in its Capital Habeas Unit (CHU). The CHU
represents death-sentenced prisoners in federal habeas corpus proceedings in the United States District Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.This is a full-time position located in Pittsburgh.

The successful applicant must be team-oriented and possess a strong writing ability, a demonstrated commitment to poverty law or indigent criminal defense, and litigation experience in at least one of the following areas: criminal law, especially in capital cases; habeas corpus litigation; and complex federal court civil litigation. Capital post-conviction experience preferred. A background in any area of mental health and/or social work is also helpful. This position requires occasional travel.

Applicants must be members in good standing of a state bar and must be eligible for immediate
admission to the bars of the Western District of Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Assistant defenders may not engage in the private practice of law.

This is a full-time position with federal salary and benefits based on qualifications and years of
experience within federal guidelines and regulations. The successful candidate will be subject to a
general background check and IRS tax check procedure as a condition of employment. The position is subject to mandatory direct deposit for payment of net pay. Hiring is based on availability of funding.

This is a repost of CAFD-2017-07; previous applicants will be considered and need not reapply.
Qualified persons should submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume and a writing sample
in one Adobe Acrobat document by email to:, using the subject line