Appellate Assistant Federal Public Defenders - San Francisco/Oakland

  • 05 Sep 2019 10:56 AM
    Message # 7865744
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT TERMED APPELLATE AFPD – SAN FRANCISCO / OAKLAND The Federal Public Defender, Northern District of California is accepting applications for a fulltime Appellate Assistant Federal Public Defender (“Appellate AFPD”). This position will begin upon the date of hire and will end on September 30, 2022. During this term, the Appellate AFPD will be stationed in the San Francisco or the Oakland office of the Federal Defender, depending on the needs of the office. The Defender operates under the authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, to provide defense services in federal criminal cases. More information about the office may be found at www.ndcalfpd.org.

    To apply, visit their job page.

    JOB DESCRIPTION: Duties include providing support to the Federal Defender and Assistant Federal Public Defenders through legal research and writing. The Appellate AFPD will research and draft appellate briefs and petitions, argue appeals in the Ninth Circuit, assist in briefing pretrial and in limine motions, draft proposed jury instructions, research and draft legal arguments for sentencing memoranda, and will provide other assistance to trial counsel assigned to the defense of federal criminal cases.

    REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must: • Be a law school graduate and current member of good standing of the State Bar of California; • Have the ability to identify and analyze legal issues from lengthy and complex records; • Write clearly and concisely; • Possess excellent research skills; • Have demonstrated expertise in computer-assisted legal research; • Employ strong time-management skills; • Preferably have experience analyzing federal criminal law and sentencing issues; • Be proficient in Microsoft Word 2016. This is a full-time termed position. Salary is based on the Judicial Salary Plan and is commensurate with experience. The position is subject to mandatory electronic fund transfer (direct deposit) for payment of salary. This position is subject to an FBI fingerprint check and background investigation. Employment will be provisional and contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the required investigation. Applicants must be able to work well with others and have a commitment to working with and on behalf of indigent clients charged with federal criminal offenses. The position requires physical activity; applicants must be able to lift and file banker’s boxes of legal files and move 2 boxes of case files or supplies. Specifically, applicants must be able to sit for extended periods, stand, bend, and lift materials up to 25 pounds. Federal salary for this position will be based on qualifications and experience. Salary is based on the Judicial Salary Plan and is commensurate with experience. The position is subject to mandatory electronic fund transfer (direct deposit) for payment of salary. Direct deposit of pay is required. Benefits are provided. More information on benefits for federal judiciary employees may be found here: http://www.uscourts.gov/careers/benefits

    This position is subject to an FBI fingerprint check and background investigation. Employment will be provisional and contingent upon satisfactory completion of the required investigation. Non-Citizen Applicants: Under federal law, non-citizens may be interviewed and considered for employment in the Office of the Federal Public Defender. Employment offers, however, can only be made to individuals who qualify under one of the exceptions in 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3)(B). In most cases, this means that an offer of employment cannot be made unless the candidate is a U.S. Citizen, or a lawful permanent resident who is seeking U.S. citizenship as described here: https://www.uscourts.gov/careers/search-judiciary-jobs/citizenship-requirements-employmentjudiciary Please note that attorneys at the office of the Federal Public Defender may not engage in the private practice of law.

    The Application Process Applications will only be accepted online, and must be submitted at: https://www.123formbuilder.com/form-5016782/appellate-afpd-sf-termed-september-2019 In addition to the biographical information requested at this application site, please prepare and upload a .pdf application packet. This packet should include in a single .pdf file: • An otherwise-blank cover page that lists, in size 40 or larger font, the applicant’s Last Name, First Name, and their current place of employment or employment status; • A brief cover letter; • A résumé; • A writing sample demonstrating your own, original work; and • At least three employment references. (References will only be contacted after applicants are notified). The completed and uploaded single .pdf file should be named, “Last name, first name” (e.g., “Doe, Jane.pdf”) and uploaded to the website listed above. 3 Applications will not be accepted by mail, email, or fax. Accurate compliance with these application instructions is a factor expressly considered in the evaluation of the application. Applicants will only be contacted if selected for an interview. The position will remain open until filled by the Federal Public Defender. 

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