The Federal Public Defender for the Western District of North Carolina seeks an Assistant Federal Public Defender to join our appellate unit in the Charlotte or Asheville office.

Requirements:  To apply, you must be a graduate of an accredited law school and a member in good standing of the bar of any state or the District of Columbia. Two years or more of attorney experience is preferred, with prior experience in criminal defense a plus. The successful applicant must demonstrate excellent research and writing skills, strong oral advocacy, as well as a commitment to the representation of indigent defendants. To succeed in this position, an applicant must be team-oriented and willing to collaborate with other attorneys and team members to advance each client’s best interests through zealous and compassionate representation.  This position may be stationed in either Asheville or Charlotte, depending on office need and applicant interest. Please indicate in your letter whether you are interested in Asheville, Charlotte, or either location. About Us: Our mission is important: We are committed to excellence and the quest for justice of the indigent accused, focusing on our clients’ needs with innovation, passion, and through dynamic advocacy.  Our vision is client-centered: Advocacy requires engaging with every aspect of our clients’ lives. We will defend our clients with purpose, compassion, and courage; identifying inequities that deny them of freedoms, drive their prosecutions, and inflate their sentences. We will work to reform the criminal legal system that is too often blind to these realities. We will partner with those who serve our community to help secure a future for our clients and their families. And we will strive to provide aid to and set an example for the present and future generations of our professions.  We recognize that we cannot serve the distinct needs of our clients without assembling a diverse team of dedicated professionals who work and advocate collaboratively on their behalf. We welcome applicants of any race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, disability, age, and status.  We are committed to ensuring an inclusive and equitable workplace. Click here for more information about our office. We have attached our Mission, Vision, and Values statements to this announcement to provide additional insight into the work that you will be asked to perform as an employee of this office. Salary and Benefits: Salary is based on federal pay schedules and is commensurate with experience and qualifications. 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 either the Asheville or 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.  This position may require occasional travel by a personal vehicle. This position will also require occasional work outside of business hours, including weekends and holidays. How to Apply. Please submit your resume, a letter of interest, and an unedited writing sample in .pdf format to:  Amanda Buckner, Personnel Administrator Subject: Assistant Federal Public Defender (Appeals / Research and Writing) 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
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Amanda Buckner