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Assistant Federal Public Defender

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The Office of the Federal Public Defender, Western District of Texas

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Date Last Verified

Jan 11, 2021

Valid Through

Apr 26, 2021

Posted on

Dec 04, 2020


Austin, TX, United States

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Practice Area
Criminal Law >> Criminal Law
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Assistant Federal Public Defender
Duties: Represent death-sentenced prisoners in their federal habeas corpus proceedings. Carry a full caseload, representing clients in all stages of their federal court litigation—from investigation, to briefing at all levels of the court system, through oral advocacy, and in clemency proceedings. Regular responsibilities include: working with clients; digesting large case files and investigative materials; developing litigation strategies; drafting pleadings; conducting evidentiary hearings; presenting oral arguments; working with experts and other witnesses; and supervising teams of investigators, mitigation specialists, paralegals, and legal assistants. May require work on holidays, evenings, and weekends, as the nature of the cases require. Frequent and extended travel may also be required. Federal public defender attorneys may not engage in the private practice of law.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: Must be a graduate of an accredited law school, and be a member in good standing of the highest court in the state where licensed, but a Texas bar license is strongly preferred. Must either be (a) admitted to and in good standing with the Texas State Bar, or (b) a member in good standing of another state's bar and be willing to take and able to pass the Texas State Bar examination, if required, within the next 2 offerings after employment begins and be admitted to the Texas State Bar within 2 years after employment begins. Preferred capital litigation experience in direct appeal, state post-conviction, or federal habeas corpus proceedings. Other related experience may be considered. Must be team-oriented, exhibit strong writing skills and a commitment to criminal defense for those facing the death penalty. Will have an established capacity or clearly demonstrated aptitude for excellence in criminal defense practice, a commitment to the representation of indigent accused persons, and a reputation for integrity. must have the ability to communicate effectively with clients, witnesses, colleagues, staff, and court and agency personnel as part of their employment. must also have skills for collaboration, strategic litigation, compassionate representation, and unique approaches to the issues affecting clients.

Additional info

Position Announcement 21-06. Send a letter of interest (mentioning announcement number), a resume, references, and representative writing sample.

Company info

Victoria B. Longoria
Personnel Administrator
The Office of the Federal Public Defender, Western District of Texas
504 Lavaca St.,
Suite 960
Austin, TX 78701-2860

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