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Organization TypePublic Interest
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ProfileAssistant Federal Public Defender (Appellate) Duties: Handling traditional appeals, our appellate team provides extensive legal-issue support to the officeâ€™s trial teams while also aggressively pursuing post-conviction relief in appropriate cases. May include: (1) researching, briefing, and arguing cases in the Fourth Circuit and the Supreme Court; (2) assisting the officeâ€™s trial attorneys in identifying legal issues in pending cases, and researching and drafting motions, objections, and memoranda in those cases; (3) litigating post-conviction motions arising from retroactive judicial decisions or Sentencing Guidelines amendments; and (4) monitoring relevant legal developments and helping to train the officeâ€™s lawyers, and other criminal defense practitioners, on the impact of those developments.
Qualification and Experience
Requirements: Candidates must be law school graduates and members in good standing of the Bar of any state or federal district court. Should have sufficient experience to undertake the defense of serious criminal cases before the United States District Court and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. A strong academic background and excellent research, writing, and oral advocacy skills. Appellate experience in federal court is preferred. Prior judicial clerkship experience is preferred.
Applications received by August 17, 2018
Send letter of interest, resume, and representative writing sample, with 3 references.
Federal Defenders of Western North Carolina
129 West Trade Street
Charlotte, NC 28202-2609