Assistant Federal Public Defender (Temporary - year and a day)

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Job location
2285 S. 4th Avenue
Yuma, AZ 85364
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Federal Public Defender Office, District of Arizona
Street address: 
850 W. Adams St., Ste 201
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

THE FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER is accepting applications for an assistant federal public defender to be stationed in Yuma. More than one position may be filled from this announcement. This is a temporary position for one year and a day, but may be extended. 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 organization has staffed offices in Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, and Flagstaff.

Duties. The assistant federal public defender will represent clients charged with federal criminal offenses and clients involved in other matters covered under the Criminal Justice Act. The position requires travel for investigation, litigation, and training. Federal public defender attorneys may not engage in the private practice of law.

Selection Criteria. The successful applicant will have a clearly demonstrated aptitude for excellence in criminal defense practice, a commitment to the representation of indigent accused 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. Experience in handling federal criminal cases is preferred.

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.


Requirements. An assistant federal public defender must be: (1) a graduate of an accredited law school; (2) admitted to practice in good standing before the highest court of a state; and (3) licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court by the time of entrance on duty. Applicants must have at least one to two years’ experience in trial work or other related work, and a commitment to criminal defense. Spanish language proficiency is preferred for this position. Appointment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation including an FBI name and fingerprint check and an IRS tax check.

To apply: 

How to Apply. Qualified persons may apply by sending via e-mail a letter of interest, resume, and representative writing sample. References will be required from candidates selected for an interview. Applicable experience should be described in detail. Send completed application to the Personnel Administrator, Federal Public Defender, District of Arizona, at [email protected]. Announced October 3, 2016; open until filled.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
$59,246 - $91,156
Submission deadline: 
Saturday, December 31, 2016