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1010 Market Street
Suite 200
Saint Louis, MO 63101
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Federal Defender for the Eastern District of Missouri
Street address: 
1010 Market Street, Suite 200
Saint Louis
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

The Office of the Federal Defender for the Eastern District of Missouri has an opening for a Mitigation Specialist. The office operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, to provide services of the highest quality to indigent persons in federal criminal cases. The main office is located in Saint Louis, Missouri with a branch office in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. This is a full-time position with a focus on the Saint Louis office and some work assisting attorneys in Cape Girardeau.

The Mitigation Specialist will gather and summarize records and conduct interviews to create client social histories. They will use this information to develop mitigation themes and work with attorneys to present this information on the client’s behalf which may include video presentations. The position involves consulting with experts, managing relationships with clients and their families, as well as maintaining contacts with local social service providers to connect clients with needed services and inform client advocacy.

This is a full-time position with salary and benefits based on qualifications and experience. This position is subject to mandatory electronic transfer (direct deposit) participation for payment of net pay. This position is subject to funding.


Master’s Degree in Social Work preferred. At least two years of experience in the investigation and development of mitigation evidence or employment in the social work field is preferred as is a working knowledge of the criminal justice system. Excellent investigative, interviewing and writing skills required. Experience in videography and/or fluency in Spanish are pluses.

To apply: 

To apply, a cover letter describing your experience, resume, three references and recent writing sample must be received no later than Monday, April 17, 2017, either by mail to:

Lee T. Lawless, Federal Defender
1010 Market Street, Suite 200, Saint Louis, Missouri 63101

or by electronic mail with subject line Mitigation Specialist to: [email protected]

Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Office of the Federal Defender is an Equal Opportunity Employer Women & Minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
Salary range: 
$60,000 - $90,000
Submission deadline: 
Monday, April 17, 2017