Law Clerk - Law Student Intern/Extern

Law clerks assist the defenders by researching legal issues and drafting trial memoranda, motions to suppress, jury instructions, appellate briefs, and other legal writing. Typical research topics involve search and seizure issues, the right to counsel, outrageous government misconduct, evidence questions, and constitutional issues in habeas cases. In addition to the research and writing, clerks also have the opportunity to watch proceedings in the U.S. District Court and the Ninth Circuit, and to attend attorney staffings, meetings, and moot court arguments. Students also help interview clients and negotiate cases on the monthly violation and misdemeanor docket (and certified law clerks may have the opportunity to represent clients in misdemeanor bench trials). We are currently recruiting for summer 2021. We accept applications for both our Portland and Eugene offices. The position is full time during the summer months and can be part time (16 hours a week) or full time during the school year.

The Federal Public Defender is committed to the pursuit of justice through zealous advocacy 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. We advance the rights of all individuals by developing innovative approaches in our representation that promote systemic change and by serving as a valuable resource to the larger legal community. Because we know that insight from a diversity of experiences and perspectives will enhance our work, we are committed to fostering diversity in our office. We invest in recruiting, training, and retaining colleagues who demonstrate experience with, knowledge of, and sensitivity to the needs of culturally diverse and oppressed populations.

Law Clerk
Job Location: 
Portland OR, and Eugene OR
Requirements: 
Law clerks must be creative thinkers and have excellent legal research and writing skills. Students must have finished their first year of law school by the time they begin work.
Duties: 
Law clerks assist the defenders by researching legal issues and drafting trial memoranda, motions to suppress, jury instructions, appellate briefs, and other legal writing. Typical research topics involve search and seizure issues, the right to counsel, outrageous government misconduct, evidence questions, and constitutional issues in habeas cases.
Selection Criteria: 
Demonstrated creative thinking and excellent legal research and writing skills. A demonstrated commitment and comfort working with diverse communities and with clients from a range of backgrounds is preferred. Students with a demonstrated interest in criminal law and/or public service are preferred. Students should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Salary and Benefits: 
The position can be made up of a combination of work study, externship, public interest stipend, volunteer, etc. Please contact Jessica Snyder with questions.
How To Apply: 
Send a cover letter, resume, 5-10 page writing sample (excerpts okay) and transcript to Jessica Snyder at the Portland address above, or e-mail it to Jessica_Snyder@fd.org (please include the term FPDapplication (one word) in your subject line). Applications will be considered and offers will be made on a rolling basis. All the summer positions will be filled by the second week of February.