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CJA Panel and the Mentor Program Seeks Applications
October 2, 2020 | Alison Pagan

The conflict panel for the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Washington, better known as the CJA Panel, is currently accepting applications. Successful applicants will be seasoned criminal defense attorneys with substantial federal experience, excellent oral and written advocacy skills, and a demonstrated commitment to representing people who cannot afford to pay for a lawyer.

In addition, we are seeking applicants to our mentor program, which provides instruction and paid second-chair opportunities to experienced attorneys who need more exposure to federal criminal cases before being accepted to the Panel.

The application for both the CJA Panel and the Mentor Program is available at

Applications are due November 13, 2020.

A casual virtual info session is being held on Monday, November 2 from 12-12:30 for potential applicants to learn about the Panel and the Mentor Program, meet the people who run it, and ask questions.

Click here to join:
Passcode: 671582

If you are not able to attend the info session, but would like more information, please email CJA Resource Counsel Jennifer Kaplan at