Assistant Federal Public Defender, Middle District of Florida

Assistant Federal Public Defender

Posting Date: April 22, 2019
Closing Date: May 10, 2019

Qualifications: This is a position for a licensed attorney, and requires substantial experience in litigation of criminal cases in Federal court. A minimum of 5 years experience is required. Applicants should have significant criminal trial experience (preferably federal) and some significant appeals experience, so that they can immediately undertake the defense of criminal cases in the U.S. District Court and in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Must be an active member in good standing of the bar in any state, with preference given to Florida Bar members. Must possess excellent research, writing, and oral advocacy skills, experience in computer-assisted legal research, the ability to understand and manage complex factual and legal issues, and a reputation for integrity and commitment to the representation of those unable to afford counsel. Spanish speaking is strongly preferred.

Deadline to submit an application is FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2019. Send cover letter with resume, three professional references, and two writing samples (1 motion and 1 brief) in PDF format via email to:

Federal Public Defender Office
Attn: Lorena Finato, Admin. Assistant

All other formats will not be accepted. Phone inquiries can be directed to Personnel Administrator, Martha Lugo at (813) 514-4215.

The Federal Defender’s Office (FDO) is a branch of the U.S. Courts, an Equal Opportunity Employer, and operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. Section 3006A, to provide indigent defense services in federal criminal cases and related matters in the federal courts. This is Excepted Service Employment with Federal Government Benefits. Salary is based on Experience. This position is subject to mandatory Electronic Funds Transfer (Direct Deposit) of federal salary payment. Only qualified applicants will be considered for this position. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or eligible to work in and for the United States. Applicants selected for interviews must travel at their own expense. This position is subject to a background investigation; therefore, the successful applicant will undergo a mandatory criminal background check investigation, which will include the completion of fingerprint checks. The FDO provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation, please notify Personnel Administrator, Martha Lugo at (813) 514-4215. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be made on a case by case basis.

Note that Assistant Federal Public Defenders may not engage in the private practice of law.