Assistant Federal Defender

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Job location
50 Louis NW
Suite 300
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Federal Defender Office
Street address: 
50 Louis NW, Suite 300
Grand Rapids
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

The Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Michigan is accepting applications for an Assistant Federal Public Defender. The Federal Public Defender operates under the authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006(A), and provides criminal defense services to people charged with federal crimes who cannot afford to hire a lawyer.

Assistant Federal Public Defenders provide every aspect of representation to individuals charged with federal crimes including trials and related hearings, direct appeals, post-conviction and habeas relief, witness representation, supervised release violations and other matters.


Applicants must be graduates of an accredited law school, admitted and in good standing with a state bar or eligible for admission. Applicants must also be eligible for admission to the Western District of Michigan. Qualified candidates must have an aptitude for trial practice and superior analytical ability and at least two years of trial experience. The successful applicant will have excellent interpersonal skills, good judgment, the ability to prioritize and to work both independently and cooperatively. Commitment to the indigent and personal integrity are essential.

To apply: 

Please send a resume with cover letter, writing sample, and references to:
Sharon A. Turek
Federal Public Defender
50 Louis NW, Ste. 300
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience.
Submission deadline: 
Friday, December 18, 2020