Assistant Federal Public Defender, Middle District of Tennessee

Assistant Federal Public Defender

Posting Date: June 19, 2019
Closing Date: Until filled

The Federal Public Defender is accepting applications for a temporary Assistant Federal Public Defender to serve for a period of 12 months and 1 day. Applicants must understand that there is no promise of permanent employment. The position is anticipated to last for the duration of a federal capital case pending in the office and for a brief period thereafter which could extend beyond 12 months and 1 day, subject to the availability of funds. The federal defender organization operates under the authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. ยง 3006A, to provide defense services in federal criminal cases and related matters by appointment from the court.

Requirements: An Assistant Federal Public Defender must be: (1) a graduate of an accredited law school, and admitted to practice in good standing before the highest court of a state; (2) licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee by the time of entrance on duty (and opportunity after entrance on duty). Appointment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation including an FBI name and fingerprint check and an IRS tax check.

Duties: The Assistant Federal Public Defender will represent clients charged with federal criminal offenses and clients involved in other matters covered under the Criminal Justice Act. The position requires travel for investigation, litigation, and training. Federal public defender attorneys may not engage in the private practice of law.

Selection Criteria: The successful applicant will have an established capacity or clearly demonstrated aptitude for excellence in criminal defense practice, a commitment to the representation of indigent accused persons, and a reputation for personal and professional integrity. Experience in handling federal criminal cases and in providing quality capital defense representation is preferred. The lawyer selected for this position will either work primarily on the defense of a federal capital charge, or will assume ongoing caseload of an Assistant Federal Public Defender assigned to the capital case.

Salary and Benefits: The salary of an Assistant Federal Public Defender is commensurate with that of an Assistant United States Attorney with similar qualifications and experience. The position is in the excepted service and does not carry the tenure rights of the competitive Civil Service. The position does include regular Government employment benefits including health and life insurance, retirement, and the Thrift Savings Plan. Salary is payable only by Electronic Funds Transfer (direct deposit).

How to Apply: Qualified persons may apply by forwarding a letter of interest and availability date, resume, and representative writing sample. Legal experience should be described in detail. Send the completed application to: Deborah R. Hampton, Administrative Officer, Office of the Federal Public Defender, 810 Broadway, Suite 200, Nashville, TN 37203. The Federal Public Defender is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Position open until filled.