Responsibilities include managing a caseload which consists of cases at various stages of post-conviction review; writing briefs, motions, and other pleadings; reviewing voluminous trial and appellate records; developing claims and litigation strategy; advocating at evidentiary hearings and oral arguments; leading and working as a member of a case team; directing and conducting case-related investigation; meeting with clients on Alabama's Death Row, and meetings with experts, witnesses, and family members.
Applicants must have excellent written and oral advocacy skills, ability to work as a member of a defense team, good organizational skills, proficiency in computer-based research, and the ability to task-prioritize. Prior capital habeas experience is preferred. At least 2 years of attorney experience or a federal clerkship is required. Some overnight travel on investigative trips is required. Applicants must be a member in good standing of a State Bar and have a driver’s license and appropriate motor vehicle insurance. Attorneys in this office may not engage in private law practice.
Additional Salary Information: Salaries for all positions depend on experience and are comparable to salaries provided to comparable positions in the Office of the U.S. Attorneys. This office provides excellent benefits.
About Middle District of Alabama Federal Defender
This office is a private non-profit corporation providing legal representation to indigent persons in federal criminal cases and to indigent state prisoners on Alabama's Death Row or in Alabama's prisons who are seeking relief from their convictions and/or sentences through federal habeas. We have two units. Our Trial Unit draws cases from the twenty-three southeastern counties of Alabama which are in the federal jurisdiction of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. Our Capital Habeas Unit is state-wide and represents Alabama Death Row prisoners in all three federal jurisdictions in Alabama. Both units are funded through annual, re-occurring grants from the federal judiciary, through the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.