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Staff Attorney Position Available: State of Tennessee Office of the Post-Conviction Defender

Monday, June 13, 2011

  • Organization: State of Tennessee Office of the Post-Conviction Defender

 The Tennessee Office of the Post-Conviction Defender is accepting applications for a Staff Attorney position.


TNPCDO is an independent agency of State Government representing people sentenced to death in Tennessee and providing assistance and educational resources to appointed counsel in capital cases. Direct representation is focused upon the investigation and presentation of post-conviction claims in state courts. The Office also handles some federal court litigation. TNPCDO has cases throughout Tennessee and travel is required.


Applicants must be team-oriented and possess a demonstrated commitment to indigent criminal defense. Candidates with significant litigation experience as well as those with less experience but a commitment to high quality capital defense are encouraged to apply. Capital post-conviction, trial, habeas, or appellate experience is preferred. Applicants must be admitted to the Tennessee Bar, eligible for admission, or willing to sit for and pass the next bar exam.


TNPCDO is an equal opportunity employer. Salary is statutory and based on experience. Health insurance and other benefits provided.


Interested candidates should send a cover letter discussing their special experience and talents and explaining their interest in death penalty work, resume, professional references, and a brief writing sample to YorkL@tnpcdo.net.

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