The Federal Public Defender for the Western District of North Carolina seeks an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the Trial Unit in Charlotte, North Carolina. This is an AD 21 – 28 level position and is open to candidates with less than 10 years of attorney experience, including those with no prior federal  experience.


Requirements: An applicant must be a graduate of an accredited law school, a member in good standing of the highest court in the state where licensed, committed to the representation of the indigent accused, and have less than ten years attorney experience. Two years or more of attorney experience is preferred with prior experience in criminal defense a plus. Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications within the AD 21 – 28 range ($74,069-$161,750). This is an excepted service position with federal employee benefits, including health and life insurance and the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) pension, Social Security, and Thrift Savings Plan. We observe Federal holidays and provide generous annual and personal leave. Salary is payable only by Electronic Funds Transfer (direct deposit). Conditions of Employment: The employee will be located in the Charlotte office full-time, less a reasonable telework schedule. All application information is subject to verification. Applicants must be United States citizens, or persons authorized to work in the United States. Appointment to the position is provisional pending the successful completion of a background check. A prior criminal conviction is not necessarily disqualifying. Employees are members of the judicial branch and considered “at will” employees. Travel by a personal vehicle may be required. How to Apply. Qualified persons should submit a letter of interest, résumé, and a writing sample of no more than ten pages in .pdf format to: Amanda Buckner, Personnel Administrator Subject: Assistant Federal Public Defender – Charlotte Trial Unit We welcome requests for accommodations from applicants with disabilities. Please submit any such requests to Interviews will be conducted in person or virtually.   Multiple positions might be filled from this posting.  Subject to the availability of funds. The Federal Public Defender is an Equal Opportunity Employer Federal Public
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Amanda Buckner