Career Opportunity – Middle District of Tennessee


Date Posted:  July 3, 2018
Date Closing:  Until filled

The Federal Public Defender for the Middle District of Tennessee is accepting applications for an Assistant Federal Public Defender in our capital habeas unit which represents indigent state prisoners in capital federal habeas corpus petitions brought pursuant to 28 U.S. C. 2254 and related proceedings.

Applicants must possess a strong writing ability, exhibit compassion, be able to multi-task, enjoy working on a diverse team, and possess a strong commitment to advocacy for the poor. Candidate must be a graduate of an ABA accredited law school and a member of the bar of at least one state and federal district court and have or obtain a Tennessee Bar license within a year of employment.

Salary will be determined by applicant’s qualifications and experience consistent with federal guidelines and regulations. Employees of the Federal Public Defender are members of the judicial branch of government. They are considered at-will employees and are not covered by the Civil Service Reform Act. The position includes regular Government employment benefits including health, dental, vision and life insurance, retirement, and the Thrift Savings Plan. Salary payable by mandatory electronic funds transfer (direct deposit). Selected candidate will be subject to a background check as a condition of employment.

Please submit a resume, including three references, recent writing sample, and a brief explanation of your interest in capital litigation by mail, fax or email to:

Deborah R. Hampton, Administrative Officer Office of the Federal Public Defender
810 Broadway, Suite 200
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Fax (615) 736-5265
Email: APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open Until Filled

This position is contingent upon availability of funds. The Federal Public Defender is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values a diverse working environment.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.