Employment

Supervising Federal Public Defender, Capital Habeas Unit – Las Vegas Office
Posted: October 10, 2019

The Federal Public Defender for the District of Nevada is accepting applications for a Third Level Supervising Federal Public Defender (Unit Chief) position in the Capital Habeas Unit (CHU).  The Capital Habeas Unit represents individuals sentenced to death in federal habeas corpus and ancillary proceedings.  This is a full-time position located in Las Vegas.

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Applicants must have a proven commitment to federal capital habeas defense.  Applicants must be team-oriented and have demonstrated supervisory experience.  Applicants must be immediately able to undertake representation and supervision of other attorneys and staff representing capital habeas petitioners currently litigating in every stage of capital habeas proceedings.  Preference given to applicants with ten years of capital habeas experience.  Applicants must possess excellent writing, oral advocacy ability and extensive litigation experience.  The position requires occasional travel.

Applicant must be a member in good standing of a state bar.  Federal salary and benefits are based upon qualifications and experience, consistent with federal guidelines and regulations.

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

James Morgan
Personnel Administrator
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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Administrative Assistant to the CJA Resource Counsel – Las Vegas Office
Posted: September 24, 2019

The Federal Public Defender for the District of Nevada is seeking an administrative assistant to the CJA Resource Counsel. This position is full-time and located in Las Vegas.

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The CJA Resource Counsel works closely with the Courts, the Federal Public Defender and the Defender Services Office to improve the quality of representation and the efficient management of the CJA Panel. The administrative assistant will work closely with the CJA Resource Counsel in designing and presenting training and assistance to CJA Panel attorneys; assisting CJA Panel attorneys and the Court with the efficient processing of vouchers for reimbursement and authorizations for service providers, travel and other case-related expenses; preparing and assisting in the preparation of various CJA forms, and verifying their compliance with requirements; contacting CJA counsel to determine availability for appointment in criminal cases; monitoring court dockets to determine changes in representation of CJA clients; assisting in the maintenance of lists of service providers to assist CJA counsel; disseminating and receiving information involved in panel management; assisting in the expeditious assignment of counsel in criminal cases; maintaining updated information regarding the CJA guidelines, federal travel guidelines, and local rules; assisting with coordination of travel for panel attorneys and service providers in accordance with federal travel regulations; and other duties as assigned consistent with the mission of the position.

Applicants must have a positive work ethic, a reputation for personal and professional integrity and an ability to work well with the CJA Resource Counsel, the Federal Public Defender, the Court and members of the CJA panel.

Preferred qualifications of any applicants for this position include substantial experience with federal criminal practice and substantial experience with various computer programs, including word processing, spreadsheets, PACER and CM/ECF and billing and timekeeping programs. There is a preference for applicants with a working knowledge of the electronic eVoucher system, either as an administrator or from the perspective of attorney filers.

Applicants must have a high school degree or equivalent and the requisite experience; however, a bachelor’s degree is strongly preferred. Selected applicants will be subject to a background investigation. Salary commensurate with experience. This position is a graded position with a salary range of JSP 11-12 on the pay table. The Federal Public Defender operates under the authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A. Priority consideration given to applications received prior to October 6, 2019.

In one PDF document, please email a cover letter and detailed resume of experience with three references to:

James Morgan
Personnel Administrator
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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Criminal Justice Act Resource Counsel – Las Vegas Office
Posted: September 24, 2019

The Office of the Federal Public Defender, District of Nevada, is advertising for a Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Resource Counsel to serve the District of Nevada Criminal Justice Act Panel. This position is full-time located in Las Vegas, but will require some travel.

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The CJA Resource Counsel will work with current CJA Resource Counsel to improve the quality of representation and the efficient management of the CJA Panel. Counsel will provide substantive legal analysis, advice, and assistance on all CJA Panel matters. Counsel will be involved in the selection, retention and evaluation of all CJA Panel members. Counsel will consult with Panel members on case budgeting, expert/investigator requests, electronic discovery issues, as well as be familiar with all resources available for the Panel within the Administrative Office Training Division and Federal Defender system. Counsel will also develop and administer a Continuing Legal Education training program for attorneys serving on the District Court Criminal Justice Act Panel.

This position also entails administrative tasks including contacting CJA counsel to determine availability for appointment in criminal cases; processing and thorough review of panel attorney claims for reimbursement and other services for mathematical and technical accuracy, reasonableness under the CJA, and for conformity with the Guidelines for the Administration of the CJA (Vol. VII, Guide to Judiciary Policies and Procedures); assisting CJA panel attorneys with recommendations of qualified service providers and the Court with efficient processing and review of service provider authorizations, travel and other case-related expenses; and other duties as assigned consistent with the mission of the position. This is a staff attorney position that will not permit court appearances or engagement in the private practice of law. All applicants must be members in good standing of a state bar.

Applicants must have an established working knowledge and demonstrated aptitude of federal criminal law; at least five years’ experience practicing federal criminal defense; significant experience working under the Criminal Justice Act; proficient data management and automation skills; be a self-starter with a reputation for a positive work ethic, personal and professional integrity; and an ability to work well with the court and members of the CJA Panel. There is a preference for applicants who have substantial experience practicing and billing under the Criminal Justice Act.

Salary is commensurate with experience and education, and is equivalent to salaries for Assistant United States Attorneys with similar experience. Priority consideration given to applications received prior to October 6, 2019.

In one PDF document, please e-mail a cover letter, resume, three references, and a writing sample to:

James Morgan
Personnel Administrator
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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Assistant Federal Public Defender, Capital Habeas Unit – Las Vegas Office
Posted: June 17, 2019

The Federal Public Defender – Nevada is accepting applications for an Assistant Federal Public Defender position in the Capital Habeas Unit. This is a full time position located in Las Vegas.

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Applicants must possess demonstrated commitment to poverty law or indigent criminal defense, strong writing, oral advocacy ability and litigation experience in at least one of the following areas: criminal law especially in habeas corpus litigation, and/or complex federal court civil litigation. The position requires occasional travel. Applicants must be team oriented, have at least three years of relevant experience and be immediately able to undertake representation of habeas petitioners currently litigating in every stage of the habeas proceedings.

Each applicant must be a member in good standing of a state bar. 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, a resume with experience described in detail, three references, and a representative writing sample to:

James Morgan
Personnel Administrator
Federal Public Defender, District of Nevada
411 East Bonneville, Suite 250
Las Vegas, NV 89101
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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Investigator/Mitigation Specialist, Capital Habeas Unit – Las Vegas Office
Posted: June 17, 2019

The Federal Public Defender – Nevada is now accepting applications for an Investigator/Mitigation Specialist position in the Capital Habeas Unit.  This is a full-time position based in the Las Vegas office. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

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Experience conducting interviews on highly-sensitive and personal issues involving a client’s background and family to discover evidence that could mitigate a capital sentence is strongly preferred. Applicants should have experience with mental health or social work issues; other suitable qualifications include post-secondary education in relevant fields.

Applicants should have investigative experience in the criminal justice field and possess good interviewing and report writing skills. Other duties include gathering records; locating people, such as potential witnesses and experts and retrieving evidence. Applicants should have a working knowledge of the criminal justice system and a personality that allows them to deal with many different types of individuals. Computer literacy is a plus. Frequent travel is required.

A minimum of three years’ investigative experience or the equivalent is required. Possession of a related bachelor or associate degree is preferred. Must possess a valid driver’s license and auto insurance. Applicants must also possess the necessary initiative, ingenuity, resourcefulness, and judgment needed to perform the duties outlined. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.

Submit resume with work references and one writing sample to:

James Morgan
Personnel Administrator
Federal Public Defender, District of Nevada
411 East Bonneville, Suite 250
Las Vegas, NV 89101
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.
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