Assistant Federal Public Defender - New Attorney Fellowship

Do you seek rewarding work with a social justice mission? The Federal Public Defender for the District of Oregon is accepting applications from early career criminal defense attorneys to join the Office of the Federal Public Defender as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in our Portland office for a one year fellowship, starting in 2022, with a possible 2nd year extension based on budget and performance.  
 
This office believes true excellence is achieved through collaboration between people of diverse perspectives and shared respect. 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. We view this position as an opportunity to bring into the federal system people with diverse perspectives.
 
No federal criminal defense experience is necessary because we will train you. The fellowship AFPD will be learning to handle criminal cases from inception (be it pre-indictment, complaint, or indictment) to either trial or sentencing or both. Initial case assignments will be simple (e.g., supervised release violations and petty offenses), with case assignments becoming more complex as the fellowship AFPD is trained. The caseload is varied but includes offenses involving: 1) firearms; 2) drugs; 3) immigration; 4) child pornography; and 5) fraud crimes.
 
Duties:
·         Represent indigent individuals charged with violating federal criminal statutes by handling all stages of federal criminal trial matters in the district court. Initial case assignments will include co-counsel.
·         Frequently appear in court before both magistrate judges and district court judges. Court appearances include: initial appearances, pretrial release hearings, motion hearings, trials, sentencings, and probation violation proceedings.
·         Advocate for clients from diverse backgrounds, including those with histories of trauma, mental health, and/or 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.
·         Maintain frequent client contact in person, by phone, and in writing.
 
Required Qualifications:
·         Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to indigent defense.
·         Applicants cannot have more than 4 years of professional attorney experience.
·         Applicants must have the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to defend indigent individuals in criminal cases in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.
·         Applicants must demonstrate an ability to learn the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to provide excellent defense services in major criminal cases in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
·         Applicants must be admitted to practice before the highest court in a state, or be pending admission to a bar, but must be licensed by the start date agreed upon at hiring (a Oregon State Bar license is not required); 3) be eligible for admission to the U.S. District Court of Oregon; and 4) be eligible for admission to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
·         Applicants must have strong written and oral advocacy skills.
·         Demonstrated exceptional organizational skills are required.
·         Strong written and verbal communication, technology, and interpersonal skills are required.
·         A demonstrated commitment 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 helpful qualifications.
Compensation:
 
The position is for one year, with the possibility of an extension for another year, dependent on performance and budget. The expected start date is between June and September of 2022. This is a full-time attorney position with federal judiciary salary and benefits based on qualifications and experience.
 
As a guideline, initial salaries will be the equivalent of Judiciary Salary Plan Grade 11, Step 1 (JSP 11-1, currently $68,992) for graduating law students who have taken a bar exam. JSP 12-1 (currently $82,694) for law school graduates who have passed the bar and have one year of experience (including judicial clerkships or legal fellowships.) JSP 13-1 ($98,334) for law school graduates who have passed the bar and have two or more years of experience. Current federal employees are subject to salary matching rules per Judiciary policy. Actual salary rates may increase based the FY2022 federal budget.
  Compensation also includes 11 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 https://www.uscourts.gov/careers/benefits
 
How to Apply:
Interested applicants shoulde-mailaletterofinterest e-mail a letter of interest, a writing sample, and three references in a .pdfdocumentto the attention of:
Travis Southworth-Neumeyer, Personnel Administrator
oregon_personnel@fd.org
Subject: Fellowship AFPD
 
Applications are due September 15, 2021 for 2022 placement. Competitive candidates will be in­vited to interview either in person or via video in October and November. This is a direct hire, local position. 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 is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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See FAQ at  http://or.fd.org/content/employment  for additional information and requirements.

Assistant Federal Public Defender - New Attorney Fellowship