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DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:

Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., is looking for an attorney with a demonstrated interest in indigent defense as well as excellent research and writing skills to join our team. The primary duties of trial attorneys at Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. are to represent indigent persons accused of federal crimes at all stages of their court proceedings.

Trial attorneys interview clients prior to their first appearances, make sure that an attorney is assigned, fight for bail and conduct detention hearings. For clients that are assigned to Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. for the remainder of their cases, trial attorneys review discovery, convey offers, represent clients at their preliminary hearings, arraignments on indictment, waivers of indictment, and/or jury trial. Trial attorneys handle cases arising from complaints and/or indictments filed by the federal government.  They also handle identity and removal hearings as well as supervised release revocation proceedings.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Trial attorneys are expected to prepare their own cases for trial, including but not limited to: investigation, witness preparation, organizing a brain storm of the case for the other attorneys in the office, writing cross-examinations, opening statements, and closing arguments. If a case is lost at the district court level, the trial attorney will also represent the client on appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. During the appeal, the trial attorney will brain storm the appeal with her appellate supervisor, do legal research, write the opening and reply briefs, and argue the case before the appellate courts.

BENEFITS:

Federal Defenders offers a competitive compensation package with excellent benefits. Compensation is commensurate with experience. Federal Defenders hires persons immediately following graduation from law school as well as attorneys finishing clerkships or other legal positions.

HOW TO APPLY:
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and detailed resume to:

Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc.
Attn: Cassandra Lopez
225 Broadway, Ste. 900
San Diego, CA 92101

Or email a cover letter and detailed resume, writing sample, and list of references to: cassandra_l_lopez@fd.org

No Phone Calls.

DEADLINE:
Open until filled.

Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., is looking for an attorney with two to six years of experience—or at least one year federal appellate clerkship—to join our distinguished Appellate Department in the spring or fall of 2022. Federal Defenders is the community defender organization serving the Southern District of California.

Our appellate attorneys litigate cases before the district court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Our practice area includes criminal appeals and habeas, including immigration detention cases, but also some representation of state prisoners in federal court.

Strong legal writing skills are required. Candidates should be able to handle multiple tasks with changing demands and deadlines, and must have an unfaltering desire to advocate aggressively on behalf of indigent criminal defendants. The case load is fast-paced and demanding. The ideal candidate would thrive under challenging conditions requiring a high degree of creativity and hard work. A commitment to public interest work, as well as law review and law clerk experience, will be looked upon favorably.

Prior experience in the areas of criminal defense, federal litigation, and/or immigration law is preferred but not required. Federal Defenders offers all new attorneys extensive training in federal criminal procedure and practice. Our appellate attorneys participate in, as well as actively orchestrate, our in-house and community training programs. Applicants for this position must be members, in good standing, of the bar of any state. California bar membership is preferred.

Federal Defenders offers a competitive compensation package with excellent benefits. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

 METHOD FOR APPLYING

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, detailed resume, writing sample, and list of references to:

Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc.

Attn: Cassandra L. Lopez

225 Broadway, Ste. 900, San Diego, CA 92101

Or e-mail a cover letter, detailed resume, writing sample, and list of references to:

Cassandra_L_Lopez@fd.org

No phone calls please. Open until filled.

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