Career Opportunity – Eastern District of Pennsylvania


(One Position)
Posting Code 100100-18

The Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has an opening for an Assistant Federal Defender in its Appeals Unit.  The Office represents indigent defendants charged with criminal offenses in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  The available position is in the Office’s Appeals Unit, which represents such defendants in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and in the United States Supreme Court.

Candidates should have a minimum of five years of federal criminal practice experience, including three years of federal appellate experience.  Exceptions to this experience requirement may be made for exceptionally well-qualified candidates.  Demonstrated working knowledge of federal criminal law, including sentencing guidelines familiarity, is required.  Candidates must have strong analytical skills and research and writing capabilities, as well as a commitment to the representation of the indigent.  Candidates must also be able to communicate effectively with clients, colleagues, staff, government, and court personnel.

Applicants should be members in good standing of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court and, if hired, must become a member of the bars of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, if not already admitted in those jurisdictions.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Sonya Hutson, Human Resources Administrator, via e-mail at, or by regular mail to Suite 540 West, The Curtis Center, 601 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106.  Candidates will be interviewed on an ongoing basis, and the position will remain open, until filled.

Salary will be based upon experience consistent with federal guidelines and regulations.  Kindly note that the filling of this position will be subject to the funding restrictions and approval of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.

The Federal Community Defender Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.