Assistant Federal Public Defender

U.S. Courts Salt Lake City , UT 84101

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The Federal Public Defender for the District of Utah is accepting applications for an experienced trial attorney for the complex fraud unit. A minimum of five years of experience litigating large, complex financial fraud cases required. The federal 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 federal courts.

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Position is for a licensed attorney and requires substantial experience in litigation of criminal cases. Focus will be on defending clients charged with securities fraud, money laundering, wire fraud, mail fraud, tax evasion and other financial crimes. Special consideration given to those applicants who possess a strong working knowledge of electronic discovery databases and who have litigated cases containing voluminous discovery. Successful applicant will provide professional legal representation to indigent persons charged with federal criminal offenses in the United States District Court, District of Utah and must have a commitment to the representation of indigent persons. Applicants must possess the ability to communicate effectively with clients, witnesses, colleagues, staff and court and agency personnel. Travel for investigation and training required. Federal public defender attorneys may not engage in the private practice of law.

Key Requirements

  • Licensed experienced trial attorney;

  • Minimum 5 years of experience litigating large, complex financial fraud cases;

  • Special consideration given to applicants who possess strong working knowledge of electronic discovery databases and who have litigated cases containing voluminous discovery; and

  • Possess a commitment to the representation of indigent persons.

Major Duty

  • Defending clients charged with securities fraud, money laundering, wire fraud, mail fraud, tax evasion and other financial crimes.

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • For investigation and training.

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Conditions of Employment

Appointment to the position is contingent upon the successful completion of a background investigation including an FBI name and fingerprint check. Employees of the Federal Public Defender are members of the judicial branch of government; are considered "at will" and can be terminated with or without cause.


Licensed experienced trial attorney with a minimum of five years of experience litigating large

, complex financial fraud cases. Must be (1) a graduate of an accredited law school; (2) admitted to practice and in good standing before the highest court of a state; and (3) licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court by the time of entrance on duty. Must be a U.S. Citizen or eligible to work in and for the United States.


Must be a graduate of an accredited law school


Additional information


Includes regular Government employment benefits including health and life insurance, retirement, and the Thrift Savings Plan --

Position is subject to the availability of funding. The Office of the Federal Public Defender is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above


Applicants will be evaluated on the number of years of experience they have (a minimum of five years of experience is required) in litigating large, complex financial fraud cases. Special consideration given to applicants who possess a strong working knowledge of electronic discovery databases and who have litigated cases containing voluminous discovery.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Drug test required


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Required Documents

Letter of interest

, resume, a recent writing sample and three professional references.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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How to Apply

Apply by sending via email a letter of interest

, resume, a recent writing sample and three professional references in PDF format only to: Federal Public Defender Office, Attn: Paula Thompson, Administrative Assistant at

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Agency contact information

Paula Thompson




Federal Public Defender

, District of Utah
46 West Broadway, Suite 110
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted


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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race

, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate

. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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  • Signature and false statements

  • Selective Service

  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 08/21/2018 to 09/03/2018

Service: Competitive

  • Pay scale & grade:* FD 00

Salary: $70,000 to $143,000 per year

  • Appointment type:* Permanent

  • Work schedule:* Full-Time - with Federal benefits.

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Assistant Federal Public Defender

U.S. Courts