Employment

Assistant Federal Public Defender (Appellate Unit) – Reno, Nevada
Posted: September 30, 2022

The Federal Public Defender is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Federal Public Defender. This is a full-time position located in Reno, Nevada.  The position requires some travel.

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The chosen applicant will handle direct criminal appeals in the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court, provide extensive legal research and writing support for criminal cases in the United States District Court, and pursue post-conviction habeas relief in appropriate cases.  The duties of this position may therefore include: (1) researching, briefing, and arguing cases in the District Court, the Ninth Circuit, and the Supreme Court; (2) assisting the office’s trial attorneys (in both Las Vegas and Reno) in identifying legal issues in complex cases by researching and drafting motions, objections, and memoranda, as well as arguing those legal issues in the District Court; (3) post-conviction litigation; and (4) monitoring relevant legal developments and training other lawyers on the impact of those developments. The balance of responsibilities among these duties will vary depending on the office’s needs.  Successful applicants must have solid legal research and writing and oral advocacy skills and be committed to a team-based, client-focused approach to litigation.

All applicants must be members in good standing of a state bar.

Further, the Reno office represents indigent persons charged with criminal offenses in the United States District Court.  The selected applicant should expect to appear in court and assist with the initial appearances of clients charged with the full range of federal criminal offenses, including drugs, guns, internet child pornography, white collar, immigration, and Major Indian Crimes Act prosecutions (e.g., murder, manslaughter, assaults, rapes, sex offenses, and others). Thus, a working knowledge of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines is a plus.

Federal salary and benefits are based upon qualifications and experience, consistent with federal guidelines and regulations.  Hiring is based upon the availability of funding.

Qualified persons may apply by forwarding a letter of interest, resume with experience described in detail, and representative writing sample to:

James Morgan
Personnel Administrator
411 E. Bonneville Ave., Suite 250
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
e-mail: James_Morgan@fd.org

Position Open Until Filled.

The Federal Public Defender is an equal opportunity employer.  Applicants must be a United States citizen, or a person authorized to work in the United States and receive compensation from this agency.  Employment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation, including an FBI name and fingerprint check.

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Administrative Assistant – Las Vegas, NV
Posted: August 31, 2022

The Federal Public Defender, District of Nevada, is accepting applications for an IT/CJA Resource Counsel Administrative Assistant position. This is a full-time position in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Applicants must be able to work well on teams consisting of both legal professional and computer systems staff.  This position will support Criminal Justice Act (“CJA”) and Information Technology (“IT”) units in their work. IT responsibilities include providing routine user support services, resolving hardware, software, peripheral equipment, and data communications problems with a strong emphasis on quality customer service. CJA responsibilities include contacting and assisting in the expeditious assignment of counsel in criminal cases, monitoring court dockets and maintenance of critical lists and compliance requirements.

 

Applicants must be able to work well under pressure in a high-volume, fast-paced environment which requires adhering to strict deadlines. They must possess excellent word processing, including Microsoft Office products, and be detail oriented. Basic IT knowledge and legal secretarial experience is required. Possessing a bachelor’s degree or higher is preferred.

 

If you have a positive attitude, like a challenge, and want to be a part of energetic teams, please e-mail a letter of interest, resume, and three references in .pdf format to the attention of:

 

James Morgan
Office of the Federal Public Defender
411 E. Bonneville Ave., Suite 250
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
Email Applications to: NVX_HR_Admin@fd.org

Preference Given to Applications Received by September 9, 2022. 

The Federal Public Defender is an equal opportunity employer.  Applicants must be a United States citizen, or a person authorized to work in the United States and receive compensation from this agency.  Employment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation, including an FBI name and fingerprint check.

 

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Legal Assistant, Capital Habeas Unit
Posted: July 13, 2022

The Federal Public Defender, District of Nevada, is accepting applications for a legal assistant position in our Capital Habeas Unit. This is a full-time position located in Las Vegas.

The Capital Habeas Unit represents state prisoners under sentence of death in federal habeas corpus proceedings. The Legal Assistant is critical to the day-to-day functioning of the unit.

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Applicants must have strong oral and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills. Applicants must be able to handle confidential matters with discretion, exercise mature judgment, work well both independently and on teams, and work on multiple projects with deadlines simultaneously. Applicants must also possess well-developed organizational skills, interpret and apply procedural rules of the court, and work well under pressure in a high-volume, fast-paced environment. Applicants must have advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat and be able to file documents electronically in various state and federal courts. The duties of this job occasionally require lifting and moving boxes that weigh up to 25 pounds. Experience in criminal defense work is preferred. Possessing a paralegal certificate or bachelor’s degree is highly preferred.

Federal salary and benefits are based upon qualifications and experience, consistent with federal guidelines and regulations.  Hiring is based upon the availability of funding.

Qualified individuals may apply by forwarding a letter of interest, resume with experience described in detail, and three references in .pdf format to the attention of:

James Morgan
Personnel Administrator
411 E. Bonneville Ave., Suite 250
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
e-mail: James_Morgan@fd.org

 

Position Open Until Filled.

The Federal Public Defender is an equal opportunity employer.  Applicants must be a United States citizen, or a person authorized to work in the United States and receive compensation from this agency.  Employment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation, including an FBI name and fingerprint check.

Contact us for more information.

Our Culture

Our office values excellence. Our clients deserve the best federal criminal defense representation possible and we provide every client with exemplary advocacy. A cooperative and collaborative environment achieves those results. The office seeks candidates who have proven, successful and relevant legal experience. We hire individuals who want to be a part of an organization that values professionalism and respect for our clients, our clients’ family members, court personnel, management and each other. We believe in and strive to facilitate an appropriate work/life balance for every member of the office. Communication and transparency are a necessary and important part of a healthy office culture. We honor diversity and believe we are stronger when we value and respect each other -- regardless of race, ethnicity, color, gender, religious affiliations, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or mental or physical abilities.

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Benefits

Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB)

The Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program provides health care coverage for millions of federal employees, retirees, former employees, family members, and former spouses. As a federal employee, you are entitled to enroll yourself and eligible family members in one of the many health plans offered under the FEHB Program. You are also eligible to take FEHB coverage into retirement if you meet the requirements set by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

Health benefits are provided by insurance carriers, which vary based on your geographic location. Each health plan carrier under the FEHB Program charges a different premium.

Advantages of FEHB include:

  • Guaranteed Coverage
  • No restrictions for Preexisting Conditions
  • Pre-tax payments on premiums
  • Continued Coverage after Retirement (if eligible)
  • Continued Coverage for Survivor Annuitants (if eligible)
Dental and Vision Insurance

The Federal Employees Dental and Vision Program (FEDVIP) is a benefit to supplement your health insurance. FEDVIP allows dental and vision insurance to be purchased on a group basis, which means competitive premiums for you and your family. There are no pre-existing condition limitations. FEDVIP is an employee-pay-all benefit.

Life Insurance

The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) program is the group term life insurance program for federal government employees. Your life insurance coverage through FEGLI consists of two parts: Basic insurance and Optional insurance. Basic insurance is automatically granted, but can be waived if you do not wish to participate. Optional insurance for yourself and your family is fully voluntary, but you must be enrolled in Basic insurance and you must submit election forms in order to participate. Because it is term life insurance, FEGLI does not build up any cash value or paid-up value.

Retirement

Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)

FERS stands for the Federal Employees Retirement System. If you started your service in 1984 or after, or you specifically elected FERS when it was offered, you are covered under FERS. FERS is a retirement plan made up of three components that work to build your retirement savings in different ways: the Basic Benefit Plan, Social Security, and the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). You contribute a percentage of your base pay to the FERS Basic Benefit throughout your career.

401K Plan

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a retirement benefit offered to employees of the federal government. Administered by the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, the TSP gives you the opportunity to participate in a long-term retirement savings and investment plan.

It is your responsibility to set your financial goals for retirement and saving through the TSP plays an important role from your first day of employment on. Participating in the TSP can significantly increase your retirement income, but starting early is important. Contributing early gives the money in your account more time to increase in value through the compounding of earnings.

Federal Holidays, Vacation Leave and Sick Leave

Federal employment offers 10 paid federal holidays and a generous amount of vacation and sick leave.

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