Assistant Federal Public Defender, Ocala, FL

Assistant Federal Public Defender

Posting Date: July 30, 2020
Closing Date: Until filled

Qualifications: This is a position for a licensed attorney, and requires substantial experience in litigation of criminal cases in State or Federal court. A minimum of 4 years experience is required. Applicants should have significant criminal trial experience (preferably federal) and some appeals experience, so that they can immediately undertake the defense of criminal cases in the U.S. District Court and in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Must be an active member in good standing of the bar in any state, with preference given to Florida Bar members. Must possess excellent research, writing, and oral advocacy skills, experience in computer-assisted legal research, the ability to understand and manage complex factual and legal issues, and a reputation for integrity and commitment to the representation of those unable to afford counsel. Spanish speaking is preferred but not mandatory.

Information for Applicants:

The position is open until filled. More than one position may be filled from this posting. Interviews for this position will begin on or after August 26, 2020. These interviews will be conducted via Zoom video conference. The starting date for this position is at least four months after an offer is accepted.

 Electronically submit cover letter notating Position Title and Number with a current resume, three professional references, and three writing samples in PDF format to:

Federal Public Defender Office
Martha Lugo, Personnel Administrator -

Phone inquiries can be directed to Personnel Administrator, Martha Lugo at (813) 514-4215.

The Federal Defender’s Office (FDO) is a branch of the U.S. Courts, an Equal Opportunity Employer, and operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. Section 3006A, to provide indigent defense services in federal criminal cases and related matters in the federal courts. This is Excepted Service Employment with Federal Government Benefits. Salary is based on Experience. This position is subject to mandatory Electronic Funds Transfer (Direct Deposit) of federal salary payment. Only qualified applicants will be considered for this position. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or eligible to work in and for the United States. Applicants selected for interviews must travel at their own expense. This position is subject to a background investigation; therefore, the successful applicant will undergo a mandatory criminal background check investigation, which will include the completion of fingerprint checks. The FDO provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation, please notify Personnel Administrator, Martha Lugo at (813) 514-4215. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be made on a case by case basis.

Note that Assistant Federal Public Defenders may not engage in the private practice of law.