2021 Law Student Fellowship

This year, in addition to our regular law clerk program, the Oregon Federal Public Defender will be awarding two current law students with a paid fellowship to work with our office for the summer.
The Federal Public Defender represents indigent people charged with federal crimes, including bank robbery, gun and drug crimes, immigration violations, and various frauds. 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.

2021 Law Student Fellowship
Job Location: 
Portland OR and/or Eugene OR, Remote work may be possible
Applicants must have demonstrated experience with, knowledge of, or sensitivity to the needs of culturally diverse and oppressed populations. Applicants must have completed at least one full year of law school by June of 2021. Applicants must have excellent research and writing skills. Applicants must have a commitment to working with the indigent criminal defense population. Applicants must commit to working for our office for a minimum of 10 weeks starting in early June 2021.
Fellows will assist 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 past years, clerks have assisted the office by researching and preparing drafts on protestor defense litigation, challenges to the underlying constitutionality of deportations for clients charged with immigration crimes, and prison litigation. 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).
Selection Criteria: 
Demonstrated experience with, knowledge of, or sensitivity to the needs of culturally diverse and oppressed populations. Completed at least one year of law school by June 2021. Excellent research and writing skills, all application materials will be evaluated for this criteria. Commitment to working with the indigent criminal defense population.
Salary and Benefits: 
Fellows will be paid on hourly basis based on the Judiciary Salary Plan (JSP) scale for Portland, OR or Eugene, OR, and their experience. Most law school students qualify for Grade 7. This position is not eligible for federal judiciary benefits. The JSP, for the most part, mirrors the GS scale. More info about the Judiciary Salary Plan can be found here: https://www.uscourts.gov/careers/compensation/judiciary-salary-plan-pay-rates
How To Apply: 
To apply: Send your resume, writing sample, cover letter, transcript, and reference list to Jessica Snyder (jessica_snyder@fd.org) with “FPDFellowship” in the subject line. Fellows will be considered on a rolling basis. If the positions remain open, applications will be accepted until January 31, 2021.