Assistant Federal Public Defender
Federal Public Defender - District of Nebraska - Omaha, NE

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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


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.


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.

Disability Insurance.

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.

Federal holidays.

Flexible spending accounts for health-care, child dependent care, and commuter programs.


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.