Career Opportunity – Central District of California

Trial Attorney, Riverside Office

Date Posted:  July 27, 2018
Date Closing:  August 10, 2018

The Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Central District of California is accepting applications for full-time attorney positions in its trial unit, stationed in Riverside, California.  The trial unit is committed to the pursuit of justice by aggressively advocating in federal court for the constitutional rights and inherent dignity of individuals who are accused or convicted of crimes and cannot afford their own lawyer.

Job Duties: Trial attorneys primarily represent indigent individuals charged with violating federal criminal statutes by handling all stages of federal criminal trial matters in the district court.  On occasion, trial attorneys are also assigned cases involving appeals after conviction and post-conviction matters that are involved in federal court proceedings.  Extensive travel may be required throughout the Central District of California.

Requirements: All applicants must have graduated from an accredited law school and be members in good standing of the California Bar or must be willing to sit for the next California Bar exam.  Preference will be given to applicants with at least three years of experience in state and/or federal criminal law or applicants with federal judicial clerkship experience.  The ability to speak, read, and write in Spanish is preferred. Applicants must have United States citizenship or are a permanent resident in the process of applying for citizenship.

Selection Criteria: Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to indigent criminal defense and/or public interest law; must have superior oral and written communication skills; possess excellent research skills; and work well in teams.  A background investigation is required as a condition of employment.

Salary/Benefits: This is a full-time, at-will position.  Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and is subject to direct deposit.  Benefits include health and life insurance, retirement, and a Thrift Savings Plan.  For more information on benefits, see http://www.uscourts.gov/careers/benefits.

How to Apply: Apply by emailing a letter of interest, résumé, two representative writing samples (limited to 15 pages), and three references in a single PDF document addressed to Hilary Potashner, Federal Public Defender, at Employment@fpdcdca.org with the subject line: TRIAL ATTORNEY APPLICATION.  All application materials must be received by August 10, 2018.  The Federal Public Defender’s Office may fill current and future positions from this vacancy announcement.  Please, no phone calls.

The Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Central District of California is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or age, are encouraged to apply