Assistant Federal Public Defender - 5+ Years Experience

ASSISTANT FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER with 5+ Years of Criminal Defense Experience
Do you seek rewarding work with a social justice mission? The Federal Public Defender for the District of
Oregon is accepting applications from experienced criminal defense attorneys to join our Portland Office
as an Assistant Federal Public Defender to advocate for indigent defendants facing criminal charges in
federal court.
•  Represent indigent individuals charged with violating federal criminal statutes by handling all stages
of federal criminal trial matters in the district court.
•  Frequently appear in court before both magistrate judges and district court judges. Court appearances
include: initial appearances, pretrial release hearings, motion hearings, trials, sentencings, appeals,
and probation violation proceedings.
•  Advocate for clients from diverse backgrounds, including those with histories of trauma, mental
health, and substance abuse issues.
•  Work in teams with investigators, paralegals, legal assistants, social workers, and contracted experts.
•  Support clients with holistic problem‐solving during pretrial, trial, and sentencing proceedings, as
well as with reentry into the community.
•  Write persuasive briefs to achieve client goals and work for improvement in the law.
•  Maintain frequent client contact in person, by phone, and in writing.
Required Qualifications:
•  Applicants must have the knowledge, skills, and ability needed to immediately defend indigent
individuals in criminal cases in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon .
•  Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited law school and an active member in good standing of
the bar in any state, territory or possession.
•  Applicants must have at least 5 years of state or federal criminal practice, have recent, substantial
criminal felony trial‐level experience; strong written and oral advocacy skills; and a proven
commitment to indigent criminal defense.
•  Strong technological, organizational, and interpersonal skills are required.
•  A demonstrated commitment to and comfort working with diverse communities and with clients
from a range of backgrounds is required.
Preferred Qualifications:
•  Federal court experience, immigration law experience, and Spanish‐language skills are all preferred
This is a full‐time attorney position with federal judiciary salary and benefits based on qualifications and
experience. Starting salary ranges from $79,648 to $161,882 based on experience and qualifications in
accordance to the Defender Services Office 2021 AFPD Salary charts. AFPD salary is subject to merit
and cost of living increases. Current federal employees are subject to salary matching rules per Judiciary
Compensation also includes 10 paid federal holidays, 13 paid sick days annually, and 13 paid vacation
days annually (to start), health insurance, life insurance, retirement contribution, and the Thrift Savings
Plan. More information on federal judiciary employee benefits can be found at
How to Apply:
Interested applicants should e‐mail a resume, a letter of interest, a writing sample, and three references in a .pdf
document to the attention of:
Travis Southworth‐Neumeyer, Personnel Administrator 
Subject: AFPD – Portland
Applications will be reviewed as they are received. One or more AFPD positions may be filled from this
and from the other active AFPD announcement for our office, subject to budget approval. Competitive
candidates will be invited to interview either in person or via Skype. All responses will remain
confidential. Only candidates in consideration for this position will be contacted.
We encourage applications from individuals with diverse perspectives, especially people historically
underrepresented in the practice of law.
The Federal Public Defender’s Office is committed to improving diversity in the legal profession. The
nature of our work leads us to recruit colleagues who demonstrate experience with, knowledge of, and
sensitivity to the needs of culturally diverse and systemically oppressed populations.
The Federal Public Defender is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
No phone calls please.

Assistant Federal Public Defender - 5+ Years Experience
Job Location: 
Portland OR