Trial Attorney

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321 E. 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Federal Public Defender's Office
Street address: 
321 E. 2nd Street
Los Angeles
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

The Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Central District of California is accepting applications for full-time attorney positions in its trial unit, stationed in Los Angeles, California. The trial unit is committed to the pursuit of justice by aggressively advocating in federal court for the constitutional rights and inherent dignity of individuals who are accused or convicted of crimes and cannot afford their own lawyer.

Job Duties: Trial attorneys primarily represent indigent individuals charged with violating federal criminal statutes by handling all stages of federal criminal trial matters in the district court. On occasion, trial attorneys are also assigned cases involving appeals after conviction and post-conviction matters that are involved in federal court proceedings.

Salary/Benefits: This is a full-time, at-will position. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and is subject to direct deposit. Benefits include health and life insurance, retirement, and a Thrift Savings Plan. For more information on benefits, see


All applicants must have graduated from an accredited law school and be members in good standing of the California Bar or must be willing to sit for the next California Bar exam. Preference will be given to applicants with at least three years of experience in state and/or federal criminal law or applicants with federal judicial clerkship experience. Applicants must have United States citizenship or be a lawful permanent resident seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3)(B).

Selection Criteria: Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to indigent criminal defense and/or public interest law; must have superior oral and written communication skills; possess excellent research skills; and work well in teams. A background investigation is required as a condition of employment.

To apply: 

Apply by emailing a letter of interest, résumé, two representative writing samples (limited to 15 pages), and three references in a single PDF document to Hilary Potashner, Federal Public Defender, at [email protected] with the subject line: TRIAL ATTORNEY APPLICATION. All application materials must be received by February 16, 2018. The Federal Public Defender’s Office may fill current and future positions from this vacancy announcement. Please, no phone calls.

The Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Central District of California is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or age, are encouraged to apply.
Submission deadline: 
Friday, February 16, 2018