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Assistant Federal Public Defender

Company name
the federal public defender, northern district of california

San Francisco, CA, United States

Employment Type


Posted on
Mar 10,2019



The Federal Public Defender, Northern District of California is accepting applications for the position of a full-time Assistant Federal Public Defender in its San Francisco office. The Defender operates under the authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, to provide defense services in federal criminal cases. More information about the office may be found at  />  
The term for this position will be for three years from the date of hire, or September 30, 2022 (whichever date is earliest).

JOB DESCRIPTION: Duties include trial, appellate and ancillary matters under the direction of the Federal Defender. 
This termed position is for a trial attorney in the San Francisco office of the Federal Defender. While this AFPD may appear before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the attorney’s primary responsibility will be to represent clients in the District and Magistrate Courts of the Northern District of California. 
The successful applicant will have a demonstrated aptitude for trial and appellate practice, and a commitment to the vigorous representation of indigent accused persons. 
Please note that telecommuting is not authorized for AFPD positions. This Trial AFPD will be required to work at the San Francisco duty station, unless out of the office for investigation, jail visits, or other work-related business. Transfers to the Oakland or San Jose branch offices, from the assigned San Francisco duty station, will not be authorized for this termed position. The position requires travel for training, investigation and litigation.
Appointment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation.


 Applications will only be accepted online, and must be submitted through this web portal:     

In addition to the information requested at this application portal, please prepare and upload a .pdf application packet. This packet should include, in a single .pdf file, the following material:
• A plain face sheet, containing only your last name, first name, and the name of your employer or your employment status. This information should be centered on the page and should be at least size 40 font;
 • A cover letter;
 • Your resume;
 • A writing sample that demonstrates your own, original work;
  • Three references. (References will not be contacted until applicant is advised).  


The uploaded .pdf file should be named, “Last name, first name.” (E.g., “Doe, Jane.pdf”) 

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