Assistant Federal Defender

Job Location: 
Federal Defenders Office - District of Alaska
425 G. Street
Suite 800
Anchorage, AK 99501
United States
Date Posted: 
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Closing Date: 
Monday, November 16, 2020
An Assistant Federal Public Defender (AFPD) provides every aspect of legal representation to their client. Duties include trials and court hearings, direct appeals to the circuit court, habeas, post-conviction and witness representation, and representation in other matters such as supervised release hearings and probation and parole hearings. [Full description in pdf.]
How To Apply: 
Applications are due by November 16, 2020, though, the position will remain open until filled. Qualified persons may apply by sending a single .pdf application packet. This packet should include: (1) a letter of interest, (2) resume with three professional references familiar with the applicant’s legal skills, and (3) recent writing sample that has not been edited by others. Please submit your application packet via EMAIL to: Loisi Vailea, Administrative Officer EMAIL:
Job Description: 

The Federal Public Defender for the District of Alaska is accepting applications for the full-time, permanent position of Assistant Federal Public Defender. The official duty station will be Anchorage, Alaska. The Federal Public Defender provides defense services in federal criminal cases and related matters in federal court pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A. The outside practice of law is prohibited. Approximate start date is December 7, 2020.  

Job Description (PDF): 
Job Requirements: 
An Assistant Federal Public Defender must have a commitment to the representation of indigent clients, a reputation for personal integrity, and meet the following qualifications: 1) Experience in the area of criminal defense, preferably in the federal court system; 2) Extensive trial experience; 3) Excellent oral communication; 4) Computer literacy; 5) Proven research and writing skills
Salary and Benefits: 
The starting salary for the AFPD will be set commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the applicant. This position includes federal employment benefits, including health and life insurance, retirement, and the Thrift Savings Plan. Salary is payable only by Electronic Funds Transfer (direct deposit). Employment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation and available funding.