POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT Research and Writing Specialist

Job DescriptionThe Research and Writing Specialist provides legal research and writing services to the Defender and Assistant Defenders in support of their representation of indigent defendants in federal court. Performs computer assisted legal research; aids in development of legal strategies; drafts motions, briefs, legal memoranda, etc.; trains and assists legal interns. The Research and Writing Specialist is not authorized to make court appearances, sign pleadings, or engage in the private practice of law.

To qualify, an applicant must be a law school graduate who has been admitted to and is in good standing before a state bar, has a thorough working knowledge of criminal law, excellent writing and analytical skills, and a high degree of computer literacy, including proficiency in Word, Adobe Acrobat, and computer assisted legal research.

The successful candidate will have: excellent interpersonal communication skills; the ability to prioritize, to work independently and cooperatively; and a commitment to the principle of equal access to justice. Hours, salary and benefits This is a full time position with a term that is not to exceed one year and one day with the possibility of renewal terms at the Federal Defender's discretion. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Salary DOE; position carries full federal benefits.

Application Process and Deadline To apply, email in a combined pdf your cover letter, resume, recent writing sample, and three references no later than August 19, 2018 to


Current and future positions may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

CJA Training Opportunities

Just a reminder to save the dates for CJA Training. There are two entirely different events -- the first is July 19, 2018 from 1-5pm at Quinnipiac Law School. At that event, Chief of the Criminal Division Bill Nardini will talk about what to expect from the US Attorney's Office in the coming year. There will be a Q&A to follow. Then David Keenan from my office will discuss ways to undermine those government goals and initiatives. Mike Chase and Jim Bergenn will present 10 Commandments of Direct and Cross with an overlay of evidence/working with exhibits.

On August 7, 2018 from 1-5 pm at Quinnipiac there will be a training on DNA and a segment involving the new Local Rules and discovery issues.

There is no need to pre-register. Please come on time so that we can start as scheduled.

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT Assistant Federal Defender

The Office of the Federal Defender for the District of Connecticut has an opening for an Assistant Federal Defender.

The Federal Defender operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, U.S.C. 3006A, to provide defense services to indigent persons in federal criminal cases. The position is at will and not covered by the Civil Service Act.

Applicant must have the ability to immediately undertake the defense of major criminal cases in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, as well as in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Applicant must be a law school graduate and an active member in good standing of the bar in any state. Applicant should have substantial criminal trial experience, knowledge of federal criminal trial practice and federal sentencing guidelines, must possess excellent research, writing and oral advocacy skills, experience in computer-assisted legal research, the ability to understand and manage complex factual and legal issues, and a reputation for integrity and commitment to the representation of those unable to afford counsel. An Assistant Federal Defender may not engage in the private practice of law.

The Federal Defender litigates cases in three seats of court (Hartford, New Haven, and Bridgeport).

This is a half-time position with federal salary and benefits based on qualification and experience. Salary is on a scale equivalent to that of Assistant United States Attorneys. This position is subject to mandatory electronic transfer (direct deposit) participation for payment of net pay.

No phone calls, please. To apply, email in a combined pdf your cover letter, resume, three references, and a recent writing sample no later than July 8, 2018 to:


The email subject line format to follow is: last name, first name, AFD position. Current and future positions may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

If you applied within the past six months, there is no need to reapply since your resume on file will be considered.

The Office of the Federal Defender is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Training Materials for Harbin Posted

The presentation delivered in December covering Litigation Sentencing Enhancements Based on Prior Controlled Substance Convictions has been posted to the Training page. Login is required to access.

Race in the Federal Criminal Court: Strategies in Pursuit of Justice

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Defender Services Office, Training Division's Race in the Federal Criminal Court: Strategies in Pursuit of Justice, which will take place Thursday, April 19, 2018 through Saturday, April 21, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. As with all DSO-TD programs, there is no registration fee. This program is open to CJA panel attorneys, federal defender staff, both attorneys and non-attorneys, and investigators and paralegals that work with CJA panel attorneys who might find the program's content valuable to their work, so please make this information available to your staff and panel members.

Race in the Federal Criminal Court: Strategies in Pursuit of Justice is designed to educate attorneys appointed pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act and those who work with them, about the many ways race impacts the administration of justice in federal court and provide them with strategies to combat racial injustice in the criminal justice system. Areas to be addressed include implicit bias, jury selection and Batson challenges, and racial disparities in charging, pleas, and sentencing. In addition, sessions devoted to the use of experts, motions practice, and sentencing reform will be presented in both plenary and breakout sessions.

Additional information can be found here: www.fd.org

Federal Defender Investigator and Paralegal Seminar (FDIPS)

This two-and-a-half-day program will cover a wide range of criminal defense topics specifically targeted toward investigators and paralegals at the federal level. In addition, the seminar will include an interpreter track, with topics of interest to those who perform interpreter duties in their offices, as well as paralegals and investigators who work with interpreters. Topics might be of interest to mitigation specialists and social workers as well. FDIPS is scheduled for Tuesday, May 8th through Thursday, May 10th, 2018 in Minneapolis (Bloomington), MN. As is the case with all Training Division events, registration is free.

We anticipate opening registration for FDIPS in February 2018. At that time, you will receive an announcement with hotel and registration details. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Ubong E. Akpan, Attorney Advisor, at Ubong_Akpan@ao.uscourts.gov or 202-502-1090.