Assistant Federal Public Defender, Trial Unit – Las Vegas, NV
Posted: December 22, 2023

The Federal Public Defender is accepting applications for an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Trial Unit. This is a full-time position located in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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The Trial Unit represents indigent persons charged with criminal offenses in the United States District Court and provides appellate representation in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to indigent defense, excellent oral advocacy, as well as solid legal research and writing skills. Preference is given to applicants with criminal trial experience, preferably more than five years.
A working knowledge of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines is a plus. The selected applicants should expect to defend the full range of federal criminal offenses, including guns, drugs, child pornography, white collar, and immigration crimes. The position requires travel for litigation and investigation.

Applicants must be members in good standing of a state bar. Salary is commensurate with experience and education and is equivalent to salaries for Assistant U.S. Attorneys with similar experience. The position is open until filled.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, references and a writing sample to:


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
Personnel Administrator
411 E. Bonneville Ave., Suite 250
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
Email Applications to: James_Morgan@fd.org

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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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.



Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB)

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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:

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  • 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

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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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