Assistant Federal Defender, Eastern District of Michigan

Assistant Federal Defender

Posting Date: September 9, 2019
Closing Date: Until filled

The Federal Community Defender of the Eastern District of Michigan (FCDEDM) is now accepting applications for an Assistant Federal Defender position at our branch office in Flint, Michigan. The FCDEDM provides court-appointed representation to indigent defendants unable to afford counsel in the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Flint, Bay City and Port Huron, Michigan.

An Assistant Federal Defender must be a law school graduate, a member in good standing of any state bar, and licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal. The successful applicant must have sufficient experience to immediately defend serious criminal cases in federal court, from arraignment through appeal. Minimum of three years criminal trial experience required (preferably federal), as well as strong research and writing skills, in-depth knowledge of criminal law and procedure, and a commitment to the representation of those unable to afford counsel. Extensive travel is required. Salary is negotiable, DOE, and is comparable to salaries paid by U.S. Attorney’s Office. Excellent benefit package, as well as retirement.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume (including three references), law school and undergraduate transcripts, and a recent writing sample to:

Federal Community Defender
Attn: Attorney Positions
613 Abbott Street, 5th Floor
Detroit, Michigan 48226

Position open until filled. No phone calls and no emails. Position vacancies contingent upon final approval and funding by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. EOE.