Applications are being accepted for a fellowship as an Assistant
Federal Public Defender in Omaha. This position is a one to two year
position open to attorneys committed to the defense of indigent
persons in the District of Nebraska. Equal Opportunity Employer,
women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Further information
and application instructions available at http://ne.fd.org
NOTICE OF POSITION VACANCY
Announcement No: 2011-02 Date: 11 January 2011
No. of Vacancies: One
Position Title: Assistant Federal Public Defender Fellowship
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Closing Date: Open Until Filled and Subject to the Availability of Funding
The fellowship allows relatively new attorneys to become thoroughly familiar with federal criminal defense. The
fellowship attorney will attend periodic training available to Assistant Federal Public Defenders. Extensive training
and mentoring will be provided to the fellowship attorney by the experienced trial attorneys in the office. Primary
consideration will be given to individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the representation of indigent
individuals accused of committing crimes and who express a desire to remain in Nebraska and practice federal
criminal defense after the completion of the fellowship. Fluency in Spanish is helpful, but not required. This is a one
year position with a possibility of a one year extension and subject to the availability of funding.
POSITION DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
The AFPD performs the following duties:
Provides zealous, professional legal representation to his/her clients. Appears, on behalf of the client, in court
hearings and at other related proceedings.
Communicates with the court, opposing counsel, probation officers, witnesses, clients and the families of
clients concerning case-related issues.
Maintains in-depth and updated knowledge of criminal defense trial and appellate practices and case law.
Develops expertise with the federal sentencing guidelines, understands the ethical obligations and restrictions
and practices courtroom advocacy. Pursues all appropriate available training opportunities including local
or nationally sponsored training.
Prepares motions and briefs for consideration in federal magistrate, district, and appellate courts. Also
prepares petitions for Writs of certiorari.
Prepares legal memoranda, reviews issues, comprehensive statements of relevant facts and standards of
review. Briefs complex legal and factual arguments. Consults with investigative and legal staff regarding
issues relevant to the case.
Performs legal research utilizing all available resources including computer-assisted legal research tools.
Research includes state and federal statutes, case law, regulations, precedents, treaties, sentencing
guidelines, and related subject matter. Analyzes legal decisions, opinions, rulings, memoranda and related
legal materials. Compiles and summarizes substantive information on statutes, treaties and specific legal
Updates research and prepares for oral argument. Prioritizes issues, analyzes difficulties of the case and
prepares responses to possible panel questions.
Continues development of strong written and verbal communication skills to enhance professional
documentation and interpersonal interaction.
Job Announcement - Assistant Federal Public Defender Job Announcement Number 2011-02
To qualify for the position of AFPD, the applicant must be a member in good standing of the Bar of the United States
District Court for the District of Nebraska. Additionally the applicant must have progressive responsible experience
as a lawyer in the functional areas described in the Position Duties and Responsibilities section above. Such
specialized experience provides the individual: the ability to coordinate the work of others; a comprehensive
knowledge of legal principles, practices, methods and techniques; the ability to identify and evaluate pertinent facts
and regulations, policies and precedents; skill and judgment in the analysis of cases and legal opinions; a keen
understanding of criminal law, criminal procedure, and evidence; and the skills and ability to execute the duties of
the position. The successful candidate must possess excellent written and oral communication skills and have
demonstrated high integrity. The ideal candidate must be able to make critical decisions independently and perform
the duties of the position with minimal supervision. The ability to provide excellent customer service, handle multiple
projects efficiently, and to utilize technology to enhance effectiveness is essential.
The Federal Public Defender offers a full benefits package that allows an employee to participate in the following
pursuant to the written terms of these benefit packages:
Choice of Medical, Fee for Service and/or Health Maintenance Organizations, some plans with dental and
vision benefits attachments.
Group Life Insurance; employee and family coverage available.
Immediate participation in the Thrift Savings Plan (401K plan.)
Federal Employees Retirement System.
13 days of accrued vacation leave per year
13 days of accrued sick leave per year.
Flexible spending accounts for health-care, child dependent care, and commuter programs.
NOTICE TO APPLICANTS
The successful candidate will be subject to a background and fingerprint check as a condition of employment.
The Federal Public Defender requires employees to adhere to a Code of Conduct which is available upon
request. Equal opportunity employer, women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Direct deposit is
required for payment of compensation for employees. Interested applicants should send a resume, cover
letter, and list of three references to William C. Sweet, 222 S. 15th Street, Suite 300N, Omaha NE 68102.
Please, no telephone inquiries.
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