Research & Writing Specialist, Central District of Illinois

Research & Writing Specialist

Posting Date: July 1, 2019
Closing Date: July 15, 2019

The Federal Public Defender for the Central District of Illinois is accepting applications for the full- time, permanent position of Research & Writing Specialist, based in the Springfield office but also supporting attorneys in Peoria, Rock Island, and Urbana. The Federal Public Defender’s Office operates under the authority of the Criminal Justice Act 18 U.S.C. § 3006A to provide defense services in federal criminal cases and related matters by appointment from the court to individuals unable to afford counsel. The outside practice of law is prohibited.

Duties. The Research & Writing Specialist provides advanced research and writing services to Assistant Federal Defenders (AFDs) on trial and appellate cases. The Research & Writing Specialist writes briefs, motions, petitions for certiorari, and legal memoranda for review by the Defender and AFDs. General duties include examining, analyzing, and researching records and issues; performing legal research and preparing legal documents; assisting AFD staff with all aspects of case preparation, training and continuing legal education, and supervision of other research staff as appropriate.

Requirements and Qualifications. Applicants must be United States Citizens or authorized to work in the United States. Applicants must also be a member in good standing of a State Bar. Prior experience with indigent defense work is preferred. The successful candidate will have excellent legal research and writing skills, a team-oriented professional demeanor, and a reputation for personal integrity.

Salary and Benefits. This position is in the excepted service and offers full federal benefits (subject to the terms of the benefit packages), including Federal Employees Retirement System, Thrift Savings Plan, health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and paid holidays. Direct deposit is required for payment of compensation for employees. The selected candidate will be subject to an FBI fingerprint check as a condition of employment and may be subject to periodic updates. Starting salary will be commensurate with experience with a range from JSP (Judiciary Salary Plan) Grade 9, Step 1 to JSP Grade 15, Step 1 (currently $51,440 to $123,298 per annum).

Application Information. Qualified persons may apply by sending the following items, in one PDF document, to:

  • letter of interest
  • current, detailed resume with contact information for three professional references
  • recent writing sample that has not been edited by others

(3) completed AO78 Application for Judicial Employment

The selected candidate will be required to start no later than September 2, 2019.

 The Federal Public Defender for the Central District of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Costs associated with interviewing and relocation will not be reimbursed. No telephone inquiries please.