Trial Unit Assistant Federal Defender

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Job location
601 Walnut Street
Suite 540 West
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Federal Community Defender Office Eastern District of PA
Street address: 
601 Walnut Street, Suite 540 West
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

The Assistant Federal Defender in the Trial Unit represents indigent defendants in federal cases from inception through appeal and witnesses in grand jury proceedings. The Assistant Federal Defender conducts bail hearings, writes and litigates motions to suppress and other pre-trial motions, directs defense investigation, represents defendants at jury trials, sentencings, and violations of supervised release proceedings, and, on occasion, in collateral proceedings under 28 U.S.C. § 2255.


Candidates should have a minimum of 5 years of criminal litigation experience and substantial trial experience. Federal criminal experience and a demonstrated working knowledge of federal criminal law, including success with jury trials and sentencing guidelines, is preferred but not required. Candidates must also have a demonstrated commitment to excellence, a commitment to the representation of the indigent, and a reputation for personal and professional integrity. Candidates must demonstrate strong research and writing abilities. Candidates must also possess the ability to communicate effectively and cooperatively with clients, colleagues, witnesses, staff, and court and agency personnel. Fluency in the Spanish language is highly desirable. Experience using Trial Director and PowerPoint or a willingness to learn such trial technology is required. An ability and willingness to travel throughout the nine county Eastern District of Pennsylvania area, and occasionally outside of Pennsylvania, is required.

Applicants must be members in good standing of the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and, subsequent to hiring, gain admission to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Third Circuit.

The filling of this positon is contingent on funding by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts and administrative requirements. Salary will be based on years of experience consistent with federal guidelines and regulations.

To apply: 

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Barbara McCrowell, Personnel Administrator, via e-mail at [email protected], or by regular mail to FCDO, Curtis Center, 601 Walnut Street, Suite 540 West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106, no later than July 7, 2017.

The Federal Defender Office is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Salary range: 
Dependent upon experience
Submission deadline: 
Friday, June 23, 2017