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Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Washington Seeks Assistant Federal Public Defender
October 26, 2022 | Alison Pagan

The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Washington (FPD) is accepting applications for a full-time Assistant Federal Public Defender (AFPD) in our Seattle office. The AFPD will advocate for our clients charged with criminal offenses or involved in post-conviction proceedings in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The AFPD will assume an active caseload ranging from complex felonies to misdemeanors. The position requires managing cases at various stages of litigation; preparing pleadings, briefs, and motions; appearing on behalf of clients in court hearings and at other related proceedings; developing litigation strategies; meeting with clients, experts, witnesses, and family members; and performing other duties as assigned. The AFPD will work to uphold every person’s right to be presumed innocent, to provide a vigorous defense at trial, and to receive a fair sentence if convicted. They will advocate for humane sentences by collaborating with teams of investigators, paralegals, social workers, and other staff to develop mitigation evidence and to present judges with fully developed views of our clients and their lives, not merely their charges. The FPD seeks applications from a diverse group of qualified individuals in terms of race, ethnicity, nation of origin, culture, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual identity, education, opinions, age, languages spoken, veteran status, disability, religion, and socio-economic circumstance.  This position requires some travel throughout our district and occasional out-of-district travel. Partial telework is available for this position. As of the 2022 salary plan, this position has a starting salary range of $73,098 to $171,152 + benefits.

Visit Employment | to learn more or apply. Preference will be given to applications received by November 7, 2022.