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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Assistant Federal Defender, Capital Habeas Unit

Thursday, August 24, 2006

  • Office of the Federal Defender, Western District of PA

POSITION #: PAWN-2007-02

ANNOUNCED: August 14, 2006

CLOSES: September 15, 2006

The Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Pennsylvania is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Federal Public Defender in its Capital Habeas Unit. The CHU will represent death-sentenced prisoners in federal habeas corpus proceedings in the United States District Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. This is a full-time position located in Pittsburgh.

Applicants must be team-oriented and have sufficient experience immediately to undertake the representation of petitioners in capital habeas cases in federal court from the initial petition through appeal and clemency, if necessary, and possess strong writing ability, a demonstrated commitment to poverty law or indigent criminal defense, and litigation experience in at least one of the following areas: criminal law, especially in capital cases; habeas corpus litigation; and complex federal court civil litigation. Capital post-conviction experience preferred. A background in any area of mental health and/or social work, is also helpful. The position requires travel.

Applicants must be members in good standing of a state bar and must be eligible for immediate admission to the bars of the Western District of Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Applicants should be available to commence employment on or before January 1, 2007.

Salary will be based on years of experience consistent with federal guidelines and regulations. Qualified persons may apply by submitting a cover letter, resume and writing sample to: Lisa B. Freeland, Federal Public Defender, 1450 Liberty Center, 1001 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

The Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring for this position is subject

to the availability of funds in the final appropriation. Position is subject to mandatory direct deposit.

The successful candidate will be subject to a background check.

No telephone calls please.

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