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Organization information
Organization name: 
Federal Public Defender - W.D. Pennsylvania
Street address: 
1001 Liberty Avenue, Suite 1500
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

The Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Pennsylvania is accepting applications for an experienced trial attorney to serve as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in its Pittsburgh office. The position primarily involves legal representation of indigent persons charged with criminal offenses in the United States District Court, though the position may also require providing representation to individuals in federal habeas corpus proceedings. This position requires regular travel to the Johnstown or Erie branch offices.

Responsibilities include managing a caseload with cases at varying stages of litigation; preparing pleadings, briefs and motions; appearing on behalf of the client in court hearings and at other related proceedings; developing litigation strategies; meeting with clients, experts, witnesses and family members, and other duties as assigned.

The applicant should be prepared to immediately undertake the representation of clients in serious criminal cases, and have a working knowledge of the United States Sentencing Guidelines. The ability to manage a heavy caseload, travel and work flexible hours are essential for the position, as are effective organizational skills and the ability to work in a team environment. Federal Public Defender attorneys may not engage in the private practice of law.


The successful applicant must be a graduate from an accredited law school and a member in good standing of a state bar, and have an established capacity or clearly demonstrated aptitude for excellence in criminal defense practice, a commitment to the representation of indigent accused persons, and a reputation for personal and professional integrity. Applicants must also possess the ability to communicate effectively with clients, witnesses, colleagues, staff, court and agency personnel as part of their employment. Trial experience, as well as excellent research, writing and oral advocacy skills, are required.

To apply: 

Qualified applicants should apply by submitting a letter of interest, a current and detailed resume, and a writing sample in one Adobe Acrobat document to [email protected]. Please reference “2018-03" in the subject line of your email.

This position is full-time with salary commensurate with years of experience and within federal guidelines. Position is subject to mandatory direct deposit of net pay. The successful candidate will be subject to a general background check and IRS tax check procedure as a condition of employment. This Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. One or more positions may be filled from this announcement. No telephone calls, please.
Salary range: 
Comm. with experience and within federal guidelines.
Submission deadline: 
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Expiration date: 
Thursday, March 15, 2018