The Middle District of Alabama Federal Defender Program, Inc., in Montgomery, Alabama, is accepting applications for an opening in its Trial Unit, in the full-time position of Assistant Federal Defender.
The Trial Unit provides direct representation of indigent persons charged with federal crimes in the Middle District of Alabama, on appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and in post-conviction matters brought in federal court.
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.
To apply for any position, mail or fax a letter describing your interest in the position, along with a resume, references and writing sample, to: Christine A. Freeman, Executive Director, Office of the Federal Defender for the Middle District of Alabama, 817 S. Court Street, Montgomery, Alabama 36104. Our fax number is 334-834-0353. Do not phone regarding the position.
Applications will be taken until the position is filled. Hiring is dependent upon the appropriation of funding and approval of the funding source. This program is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal opportunity for all qualified people who desire to use their skills and abilities in our workplace on behalf of our clients, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, national origin, age, religion or disability. This program is committed to a diverse staff.
Criteria for this position includes creativity, intellectual acuity, energy, and enthusiasm; as well as excellent research, writing, computer, advocacy, and instructional skills; ability to communicate and work well with others and on a case team; demonstrated interest in criminal defense issues; commitment to community and intern training; and commitment to obtaining justice for indigent persons. Overnight travel on investigative trips is required. Applicants must be a member in good standing of a State Bar by the initial hire date, have a driver’s license and appropriate motor vehicle insurance. Attorneys in this office may not engage in private practice.
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.