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About The Job
Appellate Division attorneys litigate cases primarily in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and at times in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia ancillary to appellate representation. They must be able to work well with clients, write a substantial number of appellate briefs each year, and present effective oral arguments. Other responsibilities include participating in moot courts for other division lawyers, collaborating with colleagues in and outside the Appellate Division, and advising and training PDS and CJA attorneys. In addition to the traditional menu of criminal, juvenile delinquency and mental health appeals, appellate division lawyers can expect to work on appeals from Superior Court denials of Incarceration Reduction Amendment Act motions.
This is not a remote location position
This is a full-time permanent position. Currently, appellate lawyers are required to work in-office at least three days a week and may work remotely only up to two days a week. Absent unusual circumstances, certain duties must be performed in person, such as oral arguments, moot courts, and visiting detention facilities. For this position, it will be the responsibility of the attorney to ensure that any remote work they perform complies with the ethical and practice requirements of the remote jurisdiction. Appellate attorneys are sometimes required to work nights, weekends, and other non-traditional schedules to meet filing deadlines.
How to Apply:
Jennifer Thomas, Director of Legal Recruiting at [email protected] or (202) 480-0385
*You may submit a copy of your law school transcript
The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) is a federally funded, independent organization; governed by an eleven-member Board of Trustees, PDS provides legal representation to individuals facing a loss of freedom in the local criminal, delinquency, and mental health systems in the District of Columbia. PDS’s approximately 275 attorneys, social workers, investigative specialists, administrative, and technical staff collaborate with each other to advance the PDS mission. PDS’s main office is located at 633 3rd Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001. District of Columbia residency is not a requirement for employment. PDS is funded by federal appropriations, and all employees are entitled to participate in the federal health and life insurance plans, the federal retirement plans (FERS, FERS-RAE, FERS-FRAE, CSRS, CSRS-Offset), and the Thrift Savings Plan. Transferring employees will receive recognition of creditable federal service for leave accrual and retirement purposes. Employment at PDS is neither federal nor District of Columbia government employment, and all employees are at-will.
PDS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and E-Verify Participant.