Supervisory Assistant Federal Public Defender
Capital Habeas Unit
Posting Date: February 24, 2020
Closing Date: March 20, 2020
THE FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER is accepting applications for a supervisory assistant federal public defender for the Capital Habeas Unit (CHU) to be stationed in Phoenix. More than one position may be filled from this announcement. Attorneys in the CHU represent persons under a sentence of death in habeas corpus proceedings in the federal court. The federal defender organization operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 306A, to provide defense services in federal criminal cases and related matters by appointment from the court. The CHU has staffed offices in Phoenix, Tucson, and Salt Lake City.
Requirements. A supervisory assistant federal public defender (“supervisor”) must be: (1) an attorney dedicated to practice in the area of criminal law; (2) admitted and in good standing before the federal bar, in combination with admitted and in good standing to the state bar; (3) performed progressively responsible duties as a lawyer; (4) developed skill and judgement in the analysis of cases and legal opinions; and (5) able to identify and evaluate pertinent facts, regulations, policies, and precedents.
Duties. The third level supervisor manages attorneys and legal support staff in order to provide legal representation to our clients consistent with the highest standards of the Sixth Amendment and consistent with the mission statement of the office. The supervisor performs or supervises the performance of such tasks as ensuring attorneys and legal staff members are adequately trained to perform assigned duties; acting as liaison to the courts; communicating with other entities involved in representing capital defendants; overseeing staff personnel actions as required; and ensuring costs are kept within allocated budget levels. The candidate must be able to communicate, and positively resolve internal issues which might negatively impact the defender organization operation. The CHU supervisor travels frequently and is responsible for various administrative matters.
The CHU supervisor oversees a large caseload with cases at various litigation stages and will have their own assigned cases. The supervisor will review, research and draft pleadings, briefs, and motions; conducting evidentiary hearings and oral arguments; review large case files to identify issues, further investigation, experts, etc.; develop litigation strategies; attend assigned team meetings; and manage teams of attorneys, investigators, paralegals, and experts. Availability to the CHU staff and FPD management team after hours and on weekends is expected.
Selection Criteria. The successful applicant will have a clearly demonstrated aptitude for excellence in criminal defense practice, a commitment to the representation of indigent persons, and a reputation for personal integrity. Applicants must also possess the ability to communicate effectively with clients, witnesses, colleagues, staff, and court and agency personnel as part of their employment.
Salary and Benefits. The salary of an assistant federal public defender is commensurate with that of an assistant U.S. 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). All positions are at will and are subject to the availability of funds.
How to Apply. Qualified persons may apply by sending via e-mail a letter of interest and resume. Send completed application to the Personnel Administrator, Federal Public Defender, District of Arizona, at HR@fpdaz.org. Announced February 24, 2020; closes March 20, 2020.
The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Arizona is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.