The Federal Public Defender's Office

The Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Central District of California is accepting applications for a full-time attorney position in its noncapital habeas unit (NCHU), stationed in Los Angeles, California. The NCHU is committed to the pursuit of justice by advocating for the constitutional rights and inherent dignity of people who have been convicted of crimes and cannot afford their own lawyer.

Job Duties: NCHU attorneys primarily represent indigent California state prisoners in federal habeas corpus actions challenging their state judgments. Core job duties include communicating with clients; summarizing trial transcripts; conducting research; directing investigations; working with experts; drafting habeas petitions, motions, and briefs; conducting evidentiary hearings; and delivering appellate arguments. On occasion, NCHU attorneys are also assigned to federal criminal trial cases and capital habeas corpus cases.

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