Assistant Federal Public Defender

The Federal Public Defender, District of South Carolina, is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Federal Public Defender, based in the Charleston Office. The Federal Public 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 in the federal courts.

Applicants must have a least two years of criminal trial experience and licensed to practice in the District of South Carolina. Spanish language proficiency is a plus. The position may require travel throughout the district, some overnight travel, out of district training, and irregular work hours. Appointment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation, including an IRS tax check and an FBI name and fingerprint check.

The Assistant Federal Public Defender represents clients charged with federal criminal offenses and clients involved in other matters covered under the Criminal Justice Act. Applicants should have strong research and writing skills, a thorough knowledge of criminal law, a dedication to work with disadvantaged persons, an ability to articulate positions and demonstrate trial skills, negotiate, a commitment that the job comes first, and an ability to work with others.

Selection Criteria
The successful applicant must have an established capacity or clearly demonstrate 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 personnel as part of their employment. Experience in handling federal criminal cases is preferred.

This is a beginning position with growth potential and is subject to the availability of funds. Salary is by Electronic Funds Transfer (direct deposit).

Qualified persons may apply by forwarding a letter of interest, writing sample and resume to:
Parks N. Small, Federal Public Defender
District of South Carolina
1901 Assembly St., Ste. 200
Columbia, SC 29201

Open until filled.

No telephone inquiries please.