The Federal Public Defender, Southern District of Texas, is accepting applications for the position of
Assistant Federal Public Defender to be stationed in the Brownsville, TX office. The federal defender
organization operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, to provide defense
services in federal criminal cases and related matters by appointment from the court.

Duties. The assistant federal public defender will primarily appear in the district court and will represent
clients charged with federal criminal offenses and clients involved in other matters covered under the
Criminal Justice Act. The position requires travel for investigation, litigation, and training. Federal public
defender attorneys may not engage in the private practice of law.

An assistant federal public defender must be: (1) a graduate of an accredited law school, and admitted to practice in good standing before the highest court of a state; and (2) licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas by the time of entrance on duty. Spanish language proficiency is required for this position. Appointment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation including an FBI name and fingerprint check and an IRS tax check. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or meet the other requirements of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Selection Criteria. The successful applicant will have an established capacity or clearly demonstrated aptitude for excellence in criminal defense practice, a commitment to the representation of indigent accused persons, and a reputation for personal and professional integrity. Applicants must also possess the ability to communicate effectively with clients, witnesses, colleagues, staff, and court and agency personnel as part of their employment. Salary and Benefits. The salary of an assistant federal public defender is commensurate with that of an assistant U.S. attorney with similar qualifications and experience. The position is in the excepted service and does not carry the tenure rights of the competitive Civil Service. The position does include regular Government employment benefits including health and life insurance, retirement, and the Thrift Savings Plan. Salary is payable only by Electronic Funds Transfer (direct deposit). How to Apply. Qualified persons may apply by forwarding a letter of interest (mentioning announcement number 24-09B), résumé, and representative writing sample. Legal experience should be described in detail. Send completed application to: Marjorie A. Meyers, Federal Public Defender, Southern District of Texas, 440 Louisiana Street, Suite 1350, Houston, Texas 77002, or email in PDF format to TXS_Employment@FD.ORG. For applicants with disabilities, this organization provides reasonable accommodations, which are decided on a case-by-case basis. To request a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or interview process, please contact Administrative Officer Laura Dusthimer at (713) 718-4600. More than one position may be filled with this announcement. Position announced on April 10, 2024; open until filled.
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