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Assistant Federal Public Defender - Pierre

Assistant Federal Public Defender - Pierre

The Federal Public Defender for the Districts of South Dakota and North Dakota seeks an attorney to join our branch office in Pierre, South Dakota. Our office provides high-quality representation to people charged with federal crimes who cannot afford to hire an attorney. We operate under the authority of the Criminal Justice Act.

Position Description: Assistant Federal Public Defenders zealously and professionally represent clients in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse, and rewarding work environment. Responsibilities include managing a caseload; working with clients; interviewing witnesses and family members; developing release plans; reviewing discovery; preparing pleadings, motions, and briefs; developing litigation strategies; working with experts; advising CJA panel attorneys; and in-court litigation through all stages of a criminal case. Some travel is necessary. Attorneys in our office may not engage in the private practice of law.

Qualifications: By the time of entrance on duty the applicant must (1) have graduated from an accredited law school; (2) have been admitted to practice in good standing before the highest court of a state or the District of Columbia; (3) be eligible for admission to practice in the US District Court for the District of South Dakota by the time of entrance on duty; (4) be willing to become admitted to the South Dakota Bar within a year of beginning employment; and (5) have obtained US citizenship or work authorization.

Above all we are looking for applicants with a demonstrated commitment to indigent defense, and an ability to work well in a team environment. We value a willingness to gain courtroom experience, creativity, and research and writing skills. We are flexible on start date and willing to train the right candidate.  

Salary and Benefits: The salary range is commensurate with experience. The position is full-time with federal benefits, including health and life insurance, retirement, and the Thrift Savings Plan. Salary is paid bi-weekly and only by direct deposit. A final offer of employment is subject to funding and a background check.

How to Apply: Apply by emailing a letter of interest, resume, three references, and a recent writing sample in a single pdf document to Position is open until filled with priority consideration prior to June 30, 2023.

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

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