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About The Job
Employment at the Public Defender Service is at will and is neither federal nor District of Columbia government employment.
The PDS COVID-19 vaccination policy requires as a condition of employment that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive from PDS a reasonable accommodation due to a disability or sincere religious belief. If you are offered a position and decide to join PDS, then before starting work at PDS you will be required either (A) to submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative or (B) to request and receive an accommodation due to disability of sincere religious belief.
This is a full-time term position terminating September 30, 2024. The exact mix of in-person and remote work will depend on the needs of the Division, assignments that must be performed in person (e.g., hearings in court and in facilities, client visits in detention facilities), and office space availability. 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.
J.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited law school by May, 2023 and excellent research, writing, and oral persuasion skills.
Applicant must (1) be a member of the D.C. Bar; OR (2) be a member of another state bar and, by September 1, 2023, meet the qualifications for admission to the D.C. Bar pursuant to either paragraph (ii) or (iv) of D.C. Court of Appeals Rule 46(b)(1)(B); OR (3) have a J.D. from an ABA-approved law school and, by September 1, 2023, their first application for admission to the bar in a UBE-jurisdiction will be pending. D.C. Bar membership or eligibility should be specifically addressed in the cover letter.
How to Apply:
(4) a legal writing sample, preferably a brief or other advocacy piece; and (5) a law school transcript.* All materials must be submitted as a single consolidated PDF. If you are unable to apply through the portal, would like assistance applying, or have questions about the position please contact:
Jennifer Thomas, Director of Legal Recruiting, [email protected] or (202) 480-0385
* An unofficial transcript is acceptable.
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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 235 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 Indiana Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 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 E-Verify participating agency. Please see the Right to Work Poster and the E-Verify Participation Poster for more information.
PDS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and E-Verify Participant.