Federal Public Defender, Central District of California

United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit


The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit invites applications from all qualified persons for the position of Federal Public Defender (FPD) for the Central District of California. This position will be available on or after October 1, 2019.

The FPD Office is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, and maintains fully-staffed branch offices in Riverside and Santa Ana, CA. The appointee will manage an annual budget of approximately $40 million and an office of approximately 225 employees, which include attorneys, paralegals, investigators, and administrative personnel. The term of appointment is four years, renewable upon demonstration of highly satisfactory performance in office. The current authorized annual salary is $166,500. The Office of the Federal Public Defender provides federal criminal defense services to individuals unable to afford counsel. An applicant must satisfy the following conditions: (1) be admitted to practice before the highest court of at least one state; (2) be a member in good standing of every state Bar of which he/she is a member; (3) have a minimum of 5 years of criminal practice, preferably with significant federal criminal trial experience; (4) possess administrative expertise; (5) have a reputation for integrity; and (6) be committed to the representation of those unable to afford counsel.

A Local Screening Committee will review all applications and conduct interviews of the most qualified candidates. The screening committee will refer the most qualified candidates to the Ninth Circuit’s Standing Committee on Federal Public Defenders, who will refer the best qualified candidate to the Court of Appeals for selection and appointment.

Application forms and more information may be obtained by contacting the address, telephone number, or email listed below. The application may also be downloaded from the website below. Applicants are advised to allow for sufficient time to complete and submit the application. One completed and signed original must be sent to the Office of the Circuit Executive. One scanned version of the completed application must be uploaded to the Ninth Circuit Federal Public Defender Application System (https://recruit.ce9.uscourts.gov). Applications must be in the format required by the Ninth Circuit and received by 5:00 p.m., Thursday, December 5, 2019.

To be considered, optional letters of reference must be submitted with the original application and must be uploaded with the scanned application.

Office of the Circuit Executive
95 Seventh Street, Suite 429
San Francisco, CA 94103-1518
Attn: FPD Recruitment–CAC
Telephone: (415) 355-8985
Website: https://recruit.ce9.uscourts.gov

Deadline for receipt of all completed application materials: Thursday, December 5, 2019.