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Federal Public Defender Position for Eastern Missouri

Federal Defender
Job Description: 

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit is accepting applications [under authority of 18 U.S.C. 3006A(g)(2)(A)] from all qualified persons for the position of Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of Missouri headquartered in St. Louis. The incumbent Federal Public Defender will retire on July 31, 2021. The term of appointment is four years; annual salary will be equal to the salary of the U.S. Attorney for the district, currently $170,800. The Federal Public Defender provides federal criminal defense services to individuals unable to afford counsel. An applicant must: (1) be admitted to practice before the highest court of at least one state; (2) be a member in good standing of every other state bar of which he/she is a member; (3) have a minimum of five years criminal practice experience, preferably with significant criminal trial experience; (4) have administrative expertise; (5) have a reputation for integrity; and (6) have a commitment to the representation of those unable to afford counsel. Federal Public Defenders may not engage in the private practice of law and are subject to judiciary financial disclosure requirements. A background investigation is required.

Application forms may be obtained from the Clerk of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri at, or the Circuit Executive’s Office in St. Louis, Missouri by e-mail at or by phone 314-244-2600. Applications should be submitted only by the applicant personally and should indicate the applicant’s willingness to serve if selected. Applications should be submitted to Mrs. Millie B. Adams, Circuit Executive, 111 South 10th Street, Suite 26.325, St. Louis, Missouri 63102-1116, and must be received by Friday, October 30, 2020. The U.S. Courts are equal opportunity employers.

Closing Date: 
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, September 2, 2020